Ashford Castle: The Experience

Located in Mayo, Ireland

With Ireland’s second largest lake at the doorstep and hundreds of acres of parklands to explore, Ashford is a royal gateway to a wide range of experiences, whether it’s a zip-lining adventure, a peaceful afternoon of fly-fishing, or an encounter with the traditions of rural Ireland. Head out on your own to discover the region—the castle will provide maps and guides—or take part in activities arranged through the property.

Things to Do

Activity inclusions vary by rate type and package. Please inquire with the lodge when requesting your reservation.

  • Hiking and Biking
  • Falconry
  • Archery
  • Horseback Riding
  • Foraging
  • Tennis and Golfing
  • Fishing and Boat Trips
  • Kayaking
  • Zip-lining
  • Wine Tastings

Food and Drink

Ashford Castle’s main restaurant is indeed fit for a king: it bears the name of George V, who dined here as a guest of the Guinness family in 1905. In this sumptuous dining room, where crystal chandeliers sparkle and a pianist plays softly, exquisite dinners incorporating locally sourced ingredients are paired with excellent wines. More casual experiences are offered across the way at Cullen’s at the Cottage or in the Dungeon, which serves up traditional Irish fare amid suits of armor and stained glass. Afternoon tea has been a revered tradition at Ashford Castle since 1868, and today’s ritual still bears the trappings of centuries past, complete with a cup of specialty tea—or a glass of champagne—as well as delightful finger sandwiches and pastries.

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