Most guests travel by car to get to Ashford Castle, which is just inside County Mayo, down the road from the village of Cong in West Ireland. Several airports are within a short drive, and the castle can arrange for a chauffeur and private Land Rover during your stay.
The closest airports are Shannon International Airport, about a 90-minute drive, and the smaller airports of Knock and Galway, each about 40 minutes to an hour away. The castle offers transfers at additional cost. There is also a helicopter pad on site, and landings must be arranged in advance.
The castle is two hours and 40 minutes from Dublin and a manageable drive from just about anywhere else in Ireland. There is onsite parking and valet service is available during the day.
There are several rooms that can accommodate wheelchairs, and guests with difficulty walking can request a golf buggy and staff driver to explore the estate.
This is a pet friendly hotel! Dogs and cats are welcome (though subject to some well-kept rules and interaction with the property wolfhounds) and even receive a turndown treat in the evening.
Ireland is known for its rain, but in fact, the clouds and their showers often blow past quickly. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, temperatures rarely drop very low on the island, even in the depths of winter, and summers are mild and pleasant. In the early summer, it remains light until well after 10 pm.
Plan for casual, active clothing during daily activities, and a chance to dress up a bit for dinner. If you expect to eat in the formal George V restaurant, please note that jackets are required and ties recommended for men.
Pack an umbrella or a waterproof jacket (available in your room) in your day bag, as rain clouds can appear suddenly. Other items you’ll want to bring: walking shoes, a swimsuit, a camera, and sunscreen.
A medieval castle is a natural draw for families, and Ashford is equipped to host travelers of any age. Children under 12 stay complimentary when sharing with with adults. From horseback riding, zip-lining, and falconry to discovering secret passageways and earning a “Wolfhound’s Badge,” kids have plenty to keep them entertained. The Dungeon restaurant offers kid-friendly dishes in an informal atmosphere and there’s even a tea time ritual designed specifically with kids in mind. Pets are also welcome at Ashford Castle.
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