Ireland's Ashford Castle Welcomes Wizards and Muggles for Halloween Workshops
Ireland's historic Ashforth Castle.
Ireland's historic Ashforth Castle.

We’ve just learned that this year, the Wizard School at Ashford Castle has a few packages available around Halloween! Who are we to say that Harry Potter is from the UK and that Hogwarts is in the English countryside, when this famous Irish castle celebrates the magic of the Harry Potter books?

Ashforth Castle is set on 350 acres of County Mayo, on the shores of Lough Corrib and the River Cong. This historic beauty, built in 1228, has been awarded accolades from Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List, the Green Hospitality Awards, and Trip Advisor for its service, baronial rooms and lush backdrop of woodlands, lake, river and mountains. And we hear that Ashforth Castle is one hotel that treats families like royalty all year round.

The Wizard School — super luxury lodging and spooky fun — is a two-night package priced at $1,309, include two dinners, bed & breakfast each day in a Deluxe Family Room (consists of two queen beds) and are based on two adults and 2 children under 16 years of age. 

For 2014, one-night wizard stays start at approximately US$690 including meals and activities.  A charge of approximately US$122 per night may be applied for each additional child.

Actvities during the period October 25 and November 3, 2014 — depending on how long your family stays entranced — will include:

  • Forbidden Forest treasure hunt for entire family
  • Visit to the hiding place of Dingle, Ashford Castle’s resident owl (supervised)
  • Afternoon “Chamber of Art” painting class (supervised)
  • House of Elves cooking class (supervised)
  • Afternoon “Chamber of Witchcraft & Wizardry” (supervised)
  • Kids’ dinner in the Ardilaun Suite (supervised)
  • Harry Potter movie evenings (supervised)
  • George V Table d’Hote dinner for Mom and Dad in the castle’s majestic, formal dining room

So, wave Ollivander’s wand and decide if you prefer double the fun over two weekends… or consecutive nights… or if you can really do with just one.

For more information and to join the fun, contact your travel agent or visit the Ashford Castle site. Families and children are welcome at any season, just ask the falcons in their falcon training program. And while you’re online, look up what Ashford has in mind for the winter holidays.

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