Follow Don Conroy to Ashford Castle, and other autumn escapes – The Irish Times

Warming up

How does a Thermal Village sound for chillier afternoons? Ballymena’s Galgorm is a delicious retreat in 163 acres of parkland. The Thermal Village itself includes all sorts of steamy, hot and cool things to dunk yourself in, in between wafting around the manicured gardens in your towelling robe.

The Two Night Spa Retreat includes accommodation, breakfasts, one dinner, afternoon tea and one 60-minute spa treatment, from £700 for two people, for two nights. galgorm.com

Back in Time Soak up the river view at Ferrycarraig Hotel, Wexford. Photograph: Colin Shanahan

Just outside Wexford town, the Ferrycarrig is one of those welcoming hotels that all the family can enjoy. Sitting on the Slaney Estuary, soak up the river view. If you fancy a dip, there’s a fitness suite and pool. There’s also an outdoor playground for the younger ones. Need more of a draw? Billed as Ireland’s largest

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