One of the many highlights of our recent trip to Ireland was having Traditional Afternoon Tea at Ashford Castle. Ashford Castle dates back to 1228 in County Mayo, about 30-45 minutes outside of Galway. I had heard about Ashford Castle in a blog post on Gal Meets Glam & convinced Kyle to spend one of our days exploring Galway & the castle grounds.
The castle is breathtaking with expansive grounds, ornate decor & situated on the water, you could walk around for an entire day.
We had limited time and a scheduled Afternoon Tea at 4PM, so we arrived an hour early specifically to check out the Ireland School of Falconry located on the premises. Guests can take “hawk walks” with falcons from the school and walk along the grounds with your very own hawk. It’s a little pricey (but probably worth it), so Kyle & I opted to just look out for people on the walk and were fortunate enough to find a family taking their hawks through the trail.
After exploring the grounds, we went in for our reservation & were seated in the Connaught Room.
We were given homemade blueberry lemonade with champagne foam compliments of the chef to start, and I knew we had chosen the right place. There is a preset food menu, but an expansive list of teas you can choose from. I opted for a traditional Irish Breakfast Tea (who knew the Irish had their own Breakfast tea??) and Kyle got his go-to mint tea.
The food was incredible! I don’t know how people eat that much food (and the royals do this daily??? How does she stay so thin??). We had petit fours, finger sandwiches, cheese scones, plain scones, and fruit scones. My ultimate favorite was the cheese scones paired with lemon curd. Something I plan to replicate here in the US!
After tea, we walked around the inside of the castle and were able to see the original china from the 1800s that Lord and Lady Ardilaun used when they lived there. After visiting several castles (Ross Castle & Blarney Castle), it was really neat to see a castle that was finished on the inside. We had such an amazing & relaxing time, I highly recommend making the stop up to Ashford Castle for tea, an outdoor activity like a “hawk walk” or simply to walk the grounds. Make reservations in advance as they tend to fill up quickly!