If you’re looking for a true Irish adventure, you can’t beat a historic 13th century Irish castle as your base. Surrounded by lush green Irish countryside, peaceful lakes and dramatic hills, it makes for the perfect escape. Our five-star hotel and vast 350-acre estate are home to a wide array of activities, from horse riding and golf to clay pigeon shooting, tennis and boating, but of course you’ll want to get out and explore everything our wonderful country has offer as well.
Throughout the whole year, Ireland plays host an eclectic mix of festivals, from those associated with traditional Irish culture and heritage, to film festivals, food events, literary celebrations, car rallies and horse racing. Some of these festivals are world famous, attracting talent and audiences from across the world and some offer that true local atmosphere. Ireland has its fair share of quirky events too, including a town that crowns a mountain goat as its king, fans that celebrate the hero of a TV show and a month-long matchmaking festival.
Located in the West of Ireland, in County Mayo, Ashford Castle sits in a prime position from which to visit many of these events, dotted across the country. In fact, we’re located just 41km from Galway City, hosting events such as food and theatre festivals, art events and the famous Galway Oyster Festival. We’re also located just over a three-hour drive from Cork, home to film and choral festivals, midsummer events and seafaring celebrations. Whichever Irish festivals you choose to visit, you’ll always have a luxury base to return to and unwind, here at Ashford Castle.