Ashford Castle:  An Incredible 13th Century Structure with a Magnificent Irish History

Whether you're just hoping for a glimpse of the grand Ashford Castle or you're staying there overnight, you'll find it in Western Ireland north of the city of Galway.

Ashford Castle and Gardens

Situated in Mayo County and Connacht Province, the Castle is easy to find thanks to plenty of signposts in the area. From the Dublin Airport, drive for nearly two hours along the M6.

Exit north on the N18 and you should arrive in less than an hour.

Things to Know About Ashford Castle

This enormous medieval structure is one of the grandest and most beautiful castles found in Ireland.

Construction on the Castle in County Mayo started all the way back in 1288, and at one point the castle was owned by the Guinness family.

Multiple families and entities have owned the castle over the centuries, enhancing and expanding the overall structure and grounds.

The castle grounds formed the backdrop for many scenes in the 1952 movie The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.

If you want to splurge on unforgettable accommodation, Ashford Castle is now an upscale hotel ranked as one of the best in the world.

Stay there for medieval architecture as well as spa treatments, fine dining, fishing and golf.

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