Ashford Castle is an 800 year-old medieval and Victorian castle which rests along the Mayo-Galway border, near the village of Cong. The castle grounds and the village were both made famous by the film The Quiet Man, featuring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, both of whom have stayed at Ashford Castle.
Now a bespoke 5-star hotel, the impressive castle and grounds have been lovingly restored to their former glory to provide a spectacular destination for both guests and visitors.
The grounds and woodlands surrounding Ashford Castle offer a tranquil retreat for visitors who can venture round the splendid gardens and turrets.
Established in 1228 by the House of Burke, the castle has changed hands and been remodelled and restored many times over during the interceding 800 years. However, the heritage and the history of the building and grounds have been preserved – from the underground tunnels now playing host to the extensive wine collection and wine tours, to the grand staircases and drawing rooms in the residence. Ashford castle was inherited by Arthur Guinness, in 1868 and was transformed into the heart of the community, reviving the gardens and woodlands surrounding the estate. Today, it is run by the Red Carnation Hotel group.
Take a leisurely stroll around the grounds, enjoy afternoon tea in the drawing room or walk in the footsteps of the many famous people who have stayed at Ashford Castle, including Oscar Wilde, who used to play here as a child, Queen Mary, John Lennon, George Harrison, President Ronald Reagan, Prince Rainier III of Monaco, Brad Pitt, Pierce Brosnan and Rory McIIroy, who chose Ashford Castle as a wedding venue.