20 reasons to visit Ashford Castle


From sublime lough fishing to impeccable Afternoon Tea, Ashford Castle presents an endless array of activities to enjoy whether you’re a resident or day-guest.


29th May 2017

Ashford Castle

From sublime lough fishing to impeccable Afternoon Tea, Ashford Castle presents an endless array of activities to enjoy whether you’re a resident or day-guest. To discover the luxurious estate’s many charms, look no further than these 20 reasons to visit Ashford Castle.

1) Practice Your Backhand

Ashford Castle guests receive complimentary access to its two newly-resurfaced tennis courts, with private tuition available. The tennis courts are also open to non-residents.

2) Sleep Like a King

Recline in an exquisitely appointed room, stateroom or suite with antique furnishings, opulent fabrics and bespoke beds.

3) Get Botanical

Be inspired by nature with Ashford Castle’s immaculately maintained, recently restored Victorian gardens.

4) Welcome Wellness

Experience serenity at the estate’s award-winning Spa and Fitness Centre by indulging in a restorative treatment or steam room visit.

5) Play 9 Holes

Set in majestic parkland, Ashford Castle’s 9-hole golf course is the perfect place for golfers of all abilities to practise their swing.

6) Unwind Like a Gentleman

Guests can sink into an antique Chesterfield with a newspaper in the elegant Billiards Room, or enjoy a rare whiskey on the Cigar Terrace.

7) Dine on the Best Irish Produce

From Dooncastle oysters to Skeaghanore Farm duck, sample world-class Irish produce and cooking in the castle’s regal George V Dining Room.

8) Make Friends with a Harris Hawk

Get up close and personal with a magnificent Harris Hawk in the grounds of Ashford Castle and experience the wonder of falconry.

9) Saddle Up

There’s no better way to explore the ancient forest surrounding Ashford Castle than on horseback. Equestrian activities include trail riding, private lessons and carriage rides for residents and non-residents.

10) Marry in Splendour

What more romantic setting for your wedding than the grandeur of Ashford Castle? The estate’s expert wedding planners will help you create a magical, memorable day.


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11) Fly Through the Forest

Get a bird’s eye view of the estate by zip-lining through the tree branches of the neighbouring forest. Qualified instructors are on hand all the way.

12) Cast Your Line

Perched on the banks of Lough Corrib, Ashford Castle presents fine fishing opportunities. Take a guided fishing trip with a ghillie to the lough, ideal for beginners and old hands.

13) Dine in The Dungeon

Step into the grand, mediaeval-inspired Dungeon on the lower ground floor of Ashford Castle to taste superlative bistro-style dishes.

14) Sample a Sauvignon

Ashford Castle’s dramatic wine cellars offer a remarkable ambience for a private wine tasting session where you can sip excellent wines from South Africa, France and Australia.

15) Cruise on the Lough

Take in the wondrous nature of Ashford Castle’s surroundings with historical boat cruise around Lough Corrib.

16) Improve Your Aim

Discover the joys of clay pigeon shooting and archery with a guided lesson and overview on the centuries-old pursuits.

17) Impress Your Clients

With noble, stately spaces and state of the art technology, Ashford Castle offers the most luxurious of corporate event experiences.

18) Take Tea Like a Lady

Afternoon Tea at Ashford Castle has been a tradition since 1868. Enjoy fine specialty teas and dainty finger foods in the spectacular Connaught Room.

19) Catch a Movie

Movie theatres don’t get more sumptuous than the 32-seater cinema. With plush red velvet seating and a stately atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to settle into a screening.

20) Pedal and Paddle

Combine cycling with kayaking and tour the estate by water and wheels with a Pedal and Paddle experience.

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