Ashford Castle

Galway, Ireland


On the border of Counties Mayo and Galway, on the shores of Lough Corrib you can find the sprawling estate of Ashford Castle. Previously inhabited by Arthur Guinness and his extended family, the legacy of this celebrated Irish tycoon is highlighted throughout. The vast playground of the estate lends itself particularly well to sporting pursuits, as well as a historically rich and unique place to unwind and fully immerse into the Irish way of life.

Key Features

  • 29 rooms and 16 suites, all with sea views
  • 83 rooms and suites
  • Fully private residence at Hideaway Cottage
  • Unique experiences organised with itineraries ranging from crafts, cooking, nature and culture
  • Wellness and Spa
  • Private dinners available on request
  • Variety of restaurants and bars across the estate


The rooms at Ashford are timeless and follow the traditional elegance belonging to the opulence of the castle origins. They have been individually designed to provide modern luxuries while having the finesse of a suite befitting the authentic setting. The furnishings have been lovingly complemented with unique pieces of art and antique furniture. For a more secluded stay, choose the idyllic Hideaway Cottage. A former boathouse dating back to when the castle was home to the iconic Guiness family. Surrounded by private gardens and filled with unique treasures such as a blue Murano glass chandelier, it is an eclectic beautifully designed space, great for staying on the estate with an added bonus of privacy. 

Activities and Cuisine

With 350 acres to toy with, enjoy country classic pastimes such as horse riding, fishing, falconry, shooting, golf cycling and kayaking. After a day exploring head to Ireland’s best Spa, to restore beauty and balance to mind, body and soul. A complete haven of tranquillity, go on a journey with your personalised therapist, and float back to your suite nurtured and pampered. The options for dining at Ashford Castle are endless. With a real mix of bistro style, more casual dining arrangements to high tea and a luxury fine dining experience in the George V dining room. Whatever you fancy on a particular evening, the gastronomy is exquisite accompanied with copious, jovial Irish charm, whether dining on Seared Scallops and Skeaghanore Duck or tucking into the foot-long chili dog in the Stanley’s the American diner.


This accommodation holds a gold award in green hospitality and a GREENMark plastic smart award for their reduction and commitment to removing single-use plastic. It is carefully ongoing the keeping and restoration of the castle to preserve its authenticity and heritage as best as possible for future generations.

Why we love it

With such a bounty of natural wonders, Ashford Castle is home to some extraordinary and quintessentially Irish experiences. Engage in workshops with the artisans that partner with the estate, learn stone carving, meet a traditional Irish storyteller and cook your own delicious soda bread. Being able to take part and share in the pride and care of every element that keeps this castle so established as an Irish Landmark is a magical way to intensify your Irish adventure.

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