- Location: In Galway in Mayo County in west Ireland
- Attraction type: Hotel
- Significance: A 13th century castle converted to a super-deluxe hotel
- Best Time to visit: May to October
- How to Reach: By road from Galway city
- Nearest Airport: Knock Airport, Shannon Airport
Ashford Castle on the bank of Lough Corrib is a majestic castle in Mayo County in Ireland. Built by Anglo-Norman de Burgo in 1228, this Irish castle is now converted into a super deluxe accommodation. It is a matter of great pride to be a guest to this historic Ashford Castle in Ireland where the likes of King George V and Queen Mary, Oscar Wilde, U.S. President Ronald Reagan, U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, and Prince Rainier III of Monaco with wife Princess Grace have graced.
Ireland Ashford Castle, established as a hotel in 1939, was awarded Ireland’s ‘best resort’ by Conde Naast in 2008. It was also awarded Europe’s second best resort for the same year.
The majestic castle, set amidst the most picturesque landscape with Lough Corrib in the foreground, is a resplendent representation of top class elegance and unadulterated sophistication. From the outside precincts to the plush indoors, every square unit of this castle is exemplary. The lush green fields with beds of marigold, primroses, and pansies create an inviting ambiance of colors. The sprawling compound with adjoining water body offers activities to keep you pleasantly occupied during your vacation.
Activities at Ashford Castle
The greens around the castle offer excellent golfing opportunities during the summer months. An outdoor clay pigeon shooting range and an archery club are perfect places to test your concentration and aim. You could test your equestrian skills the Equestrian Center of Ashford Castle. In case you are skilled in falconry, you would be encouraged by the Falconry Club. Avid anglers can spend undisturbed hours in the lakes, fishing for trout, herring and sardines. Spend a few romantic hours with your sweetheart lazily cruising in the lake waters of Ashford Castle.
Staying in Ashford
Stay in Ashford like a king. Many of these rooms retain the splendor of medieval Ireland with canopy beds and period furniture. The drapery is in perfect match to the furniture, making each room suitable enough for a king. Each room is distinct with its marvelous díécor and equipped with all modern amenities including interactive television and broadband Internet access.
Innovative menu inspired by the availability of seasonal ingredients and inventive cooking makes dining at Ashford Castle an inexplicably pleasant experience. The ambience of their George V restaurant or Connaught dining hall is amazingly royal with Victorian furniture and huge chandeliers. Silver cutlery and crystal crockery make your dining experience kingly. For a more earthy feeling you might dine in Cullens, Ashford Castle’s garden restaurant.