Cliff House Hotel is a 5-star, privately owned luxury hotel in Ireland, located close to Cork and Waterford. The building seems to defy gravity, clinging to a cliff on the south side of Ardmore Bay where there has long been a fishing village.
Regarded as one of the finest small luxury, five-star hotels in Ireland, Cliff House Hotel is a 39-room Irish seaside boutique hotel in the traditional fishing village of Ardmore. Our privately owned hotel also features an intimate Irish destination spa as well as a one Michelin-star restaurant.
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From sun-drenched terraces and private balconies, it is possible to see Ardmore’s golden sands, lobster pots and dolphins that play out on the water. All our luxury hotel rooms and suites are sea-facing while many are interconnected to provide family-friendly configurations.
From this dramatic coastal location in Ireland’s gourmet heartland, it is possible to enjoy some of the country’s best restaurants—including our own Michelin-starred House Restaurant. We also have a bar and summer terrace dining.
Our intimate destination spa, The Well by the Sea, is a key attraction. We are close to a number of Ireland’s championship golf courses and encourage outdoor adventures to support your wellness goals, your Five-Star Cliff House Hotel experience always supported by accurate, old-world service that’s warm and true to the Irish spirit.
Our design is Irish modern: white walls, cupa stone columns, sedum moss-covered roofs and limestone terracing. We have Ireland’s largest collection of campaign furniture in addition to specially commissioned artisanal works, from hand-loomed wall pieces by Muriel Beckett to Celtic motifs on bespoke carpets
CLIFF BEACH HOUSE
Cliff Beach House is a new luxury rental offering some of the most exclusive accommodation in Ireland — a modern, architect-designed home located above Ardmore Bay in the country’s southeast. From every room, you can enjoy views of the rolling Atlantic.
The owners’ can claim years of experience as leading hoteliers in Ireland. They have created the iconic Cliff House Hotel, located a two-minute walk away, as well as Dublin’s Cliff Townhouse and the Cliff at Lyons in County Kildare with its two Michelin-starred restaurant.
At this new exclusive-use rental property in Ardmore, you can expect more of the Cliff Group’s award-winning service — including access to Michelin-starred chefs — as well as complete immersion in this region’s rich literature, art, music and culinary traditions.
Cliff Cottage is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a luxury self-catering hotel in Ireland. With three large bedrooms — one double with en suite, one double and one twin — Cliff Cottage offers accommodation for up to six adults, with additional space for children.
Relax in this exquisitely designed residence in total privacy, with the knowledge that all of the hotel’s facilities, including the Michelin-starred restaurant and luxury spa, are just a few steps away.
Decorated in the colours of the sea, sand and sky with whitewashed walls and plenty of light, Cliff Cottage is bright and airy, reflecting its oceanside setting. The fully equipped kitchen is open-plan, with space for the whole group to dine as you look out across the water.
Three large, plump sofas sit in front of the wood-burning stove in the living room, while bedrooms are pared-back and elegant. There’s also a den for children to play in, complete with bunk beds.
If you are looking for luxury accommodation in Waterford, our eight Terrace Suites deliver. Each suite is complete with a private ocean-facing terrace, ensuring peace and seclusion as you gaze out across the bay. Tables and chairs allow you to sit or dine outside, with sightings of dolphins a possibility.
Located on the second, third and fourth floors, most of our Terrace Suites can be interconnected with our Deluxe Terrace rooms, making them an ideal choice for families who need the extra space. We also have one three-bed Terrace Suite.
Rooms are elegantly decorated, with statement artwork on the walls, large, flat-screen TVs and fireplaces in both the bedroom and living area, and plump, soft sofas and armchairs.
The bathrooms feature stone tubs on raised platforms, with powerful rainforest showers and floor-to-ceiling mosaic tiles that mirror the water of Ardmore Bay in front.
The wall between the bedroom and bathroom is made of semi-transparent glass, drenching the entire space in sunlight. Large mirrors sit above double basins, with a full length mirror positioned on the wall.
Deluxe Sea View
Our nine Sea View hotel rooms are marked by their large, floor-to-ceiling windows, bathing the room in light. They look out over the soft rolling waves below, with an armchair positioned by the window so you can watch the ships — or maybe even a whale — glide by.
With all the comforts of our Deluxe Terrace and Deluxe Balcony hotel, our Sea View hotel rooms feature a super-king-size bed, a desk area, dining table, and a large wingback armchair and footstool covered in Donegal tweed.
Rooms also feature a fridge with complimentary bottled water, as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Between the bedroom and bathroom, the wall is made of semi-transparent glass, drenching the entire space in sunlight.
The spacious bathroom features am oversized bath positioned on a raised platform, as well as a powerful rainforest shower.
The House Restaurant
Irish cuisine with a Michelin star
Our one Michelin-starred hotel restaurant in Ireland is simply named The House Restaurant at The Cliff House Hotel.
The fine dining experience is open for dinner with its first sitting at 6.30pm, and second at 8:00pm. We offer an eight course tasting menu with an emphasis on seafood in our sea front restaurant.
An exciting new phase in the continuing story of Cliff House Hotel has just begun, with the appointment of Executive Chef, Ian Doyle, leading a new and dynamic young kitchen team at the helm of this elegant coastal retreat.
Ian’s main focus is on sustainability and keeping everything as Irish as possible, supporting local, with an emphasis on producers and local fisherman as well as using wild ingredients from land and sea while taking inspiration from our history, heritage and surroundings.
“There is an incredibly positive movement happening in food in Ireland, with incredibly talented Chefs throughout the country, and myself and the team at Cliff House Hotel are looking forward to being a part of it.” (Ian Doyle EXECUTIVE CHEF)
Menus change as regularly as the team’s explorations of new ideas, and Ireland’s growing seasons. House Restaurant is Tuesday to Saturday – all year round. There are exceptions in weeks with bank holidays.
A Seafront Bar
With the very best of Irish cuisine
The interior is dominated by a curved walnut bar reminiscent of a tall sailing ship, while behind the bar shelves are replicas of grappling hooks used by local fishermen, fashioned from brass hook ends.
In winter, a fire burns, creating the intimate, cosy feel of a traditional Irish pub. In summer, the stone terrace hops with diners making the most of our dramatic cliffside perch. The bar is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and snacks.
Bookings for our terrace are not available at this time and we will be operating on a walk-in basis only. Please note that although we try to accommodate everyone, availability is not guaranteed.
In our relaxed Bar Restaurant, you will find a menu that is both sophisticated and easygoing — a tribute to the very best of Irish cuisine.
Our menus offer a wide selection of local meat, vegetable and seafood dishes, including monkfish, Helvick cod, local crab, and chowder. Rib-eye steaks are meltingly soft, while the desserts are classic Irish comfort food taken to the next level.
True Diversity of Styles
From our CLIFF Sommeliers
Our team of sommeliers at Cliff House Hotel work very closely with our Executive Chef Ian Doyle to equal his innovative modern Irish cuisine with an exciting, surprising wine list. Bottles are stored in a glass-walled wine cellar for your perusal.
A compelling beer list is also available, alongside Champagnes, sparkling wines and classic, organic and dessert wines.
The wines on our list reflect a true diversity of styles and countries from both the old and new worlds. Impeccably informed – and always exploratory – we present an interesting array of tastes and flavours.
Sometimes even Japanese sake finds itself on to the wine tasting menu, devised to accompany the eight-course fine dining experience in The House Restaurant.
Choose to compliment your eight-course tasting menu with our carefully curated matching wines or for those celebrating a special occasion why not add a glass of Champagne?
Wine dinners at Cliff House Hotel are a very special treat. Oenophiles can enjoy an hour-long wine masterclass and wine tasting delivered by our Sommelier, followed by an inventive dinner menu created by our fantastic team and Executive Chef Ian Doyle.
This is the perfect intimate party offering, whether at Christmas or for a birthday or anniversary. Available for groups from 2-20 people.
The Pantry at CLIFF
Serving coffees, light bites and desserts by Ardmore Beach
An exciting new phase for The Pantry at CLIFF has just begun, with a brand new location just off Ardmore Beach. Sitting beside the brand new urchin bar, serving a range of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and sweet treats, foodies are in for a real treat.
Don’t miss out brand new signature Prawn Roll and cool off with some Irish artisan ice cream from Freezin’ Friesian. The Pantry at CLIFF is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5:30pm.
Savoury and sweet delights
Featuring the prettiest, tastiest savoury and sweet delights imaginable, Afternoon Tea in The House restaurant will feature some enchanting surprises to add art and theatre to your afternoon.
For Afternoon Tea at The Cliff House Hotel, along with the sandwich selection enjoy, Pollock mousse with cucumber on potato bread, Durrus cheese with gooseberry chutney, Lavender shortbread and Choux buns with chocolate.
Enjoy the tastiest treats overlooking Ardmore Bay accompanied with delicious herbal teas, Drury tea & coffee or perhaps add some bubbles to mark a special occasion. Cliff House Hotel Afternoon Tea runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the House restaurant
A delicious breakfast in House Restaurant
Enjoy a nutritious hot breakfast overlooking Ardmore Bay
Enjoy light and refreshing fruits, yoghurt, crunchy granola or our free range eggs with a hot coffee to get you ready for the day. Breakfast is served in the House Restaurant from 7.30am to 11.00am priced at €25 per person.
Soak up the ambiance and listen to the waves crash at the hotel nestled into a cliff. You will be served fresh juice, breads, tea and coffee along with fruit and yogurt. When relaxed you can order a delicious hot breakfast that is cooked to order.
From Waffles and Cream to The Cliff House Poached Eggs we have a variety of sweet and savoury breakfasts for you to enjoy.
A LUXURY HOTEL SPA AND POOL
A 15m indoor infinity-edge swimming pool is The Well’s centerpiece. The floor-to-ceiling windows and ocean views create a sense of unending space, as if the pool is merging into the Irish Sea.
Outside, we have a natural outdoor rock pool which can be enjoyed at full tide, for those who want a bracing swim. We also have an outdoor heated Jacuzzi and relaxation terrace with two stone baths, allowing you to benefit from the refreshing sea air in comfort.
Inside our spa, the sauna, steam room and four treatment rooms – including a couple’s treatment room – offer serene luxury in a light, peaceful space. Our small but fully-equipped fitness room, complete with cross trainer, running machine and exercise bike, is an ideal space to work out and re-energise.
In summer, the spa facilities, pool and gym are open from 8am to 8pm for residents and booked by appointment only. We recommend that you arrive at least 15 mins prior to treatment time for all guests.
CLIFF took the top award for Innovation at the 2018 Irish Tatler Spa Awards for the launch of The Well at Cliff product line, which Irish Tatler said “marked a boon for Irish made bespoke botanical products.”
Wellness at CLIFF
Used in all CLIFF spa treatments, The WELL at CLIFF custom product line was made to nourish the body both inside and out.
Designed by award winning spa consultants, each of our products are made from a blend of 100% natural ingredients including Irish peat, carrageen moss and hand crushed herbs.
In response to current circumstances, we have refined our treatment menu to ensure close contact is limited and your safety is prioritised.
Cliff Complete Body
A full body salt exfoliating treatment, tailored by your therapist to suit specific skincare needs, using our range of therapeutic body oils with calming Rose and Lavender or warming Rosemary and Arnica.
To finish the treatment, our The Well at Cliff signature Chamomile and Organic Carrageen Moss Body Balm is applied to seal in moisture and leave skin soft and deeply hydrated.
We offer a range of natural therapies that reflect our seaside location. Relax and unwind in the private gardens of the Cliff House Hotel overlooking Ardmore Bay.
The Well Hot Towel Scalp Ritual
Our targeted and relaxing head, neck and shoulder massage includes an application of hot towels to promote muscle relaxation and prepare the scalp to allow absorption of active ingredients.
With a blend of stimulating Peppermint and Geranium, our signature botanical hair oil is then applied with a hydrating white clay mask to condition hair and re-mineralise the scalp.
Cliff Custom Swedish Massage
Combining the healing power of touch, this deeply relaxing massage uses smooth stroking movements with light to medium pressure to encourage an increase in lymphatic circulation and balance the energy meridians in the body. Choose from one of the following sequences using one of our signature botanical oils.
ACTIVE WELLNESS BY SEA
This active adventure allows you to get up close to the birds, seals and dolphins of Ardmore Bay with sit-on sea kayaks. You can explore sea cliffs, caves, sea stacks and pay a visit to the Samson wreck.
KAYAK & CLIMB
This full day of activity combines rock climbing and sea kayaking with lunch at beautiful Goat Island.
Enjoy the sounds of Ardmore Bay at night, and see phosphorescence in the water as you kayak by the light of the moon.
Travel by kayak along the majestic Blackwater River, Ireland’s second largest river, taking in the scenery, wildlife and stately homes.
SUP (STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING)
Standing on a paddleboard gives you a whole new perspective of the land and sea, while providing excellent exercise. This flat water activity requires no previous experience.
Cliff jumping along the amazing Ardmore coastline. Descend the cliff top to the shoreline below with a combination of rock hopping, swimming, climbing and jumping.
ROCK CLIMBING AND ABSEILING
Experience the thrill of rock climbing and abseiling on sea cliffs close to our hotel. No prior experience is required.
ACTIVE WELLNESS BY LAND
Our guided hike in the Comeragh Mountains (40-minute drive) follows the Coumshinghuan Loop Walk with its dramatic rocky coums. Full-day, by request, for a minimum of two – excluding transport and lunch.
YOGA & MEDITATION
Private yoga classes with our expert practitioners are available on an individual or group basis. Bookings require advance notice and a deposit, especially during summer season.
The archery field is located in Ardmore in view of the sea. There are four targets. We use fibreglass bows based on traditional recurve designs. Tuition is provided for beginners.
LOCAL CLIFF WALK
Map available at spa reception. This unguided route from the hotel takes you around Ardmore Head and Ram’s Head, passing the Sampson wreck and Father O’Donnell’s Well.
Andrew Malcolm is West Waterford’s best guide for nature walks – and can lead you on bespoke foraging, whale and bird watching hikes.
Tee-off into the sea in the direction of our floating green in the middle of Ardmore Bay. Our biodegradable golf balls turn into fish food in 48 hours.
A WEDDING HOTEL
As Ireland’s only luxury five-star hotel on the sea, Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore is among the most picturesque venues for a wedding in Ireland. Reception settings include the North Pavilion – a private space with balcony and courtyard.
In summer, the Bar is ideal, for it opens out on to a wide terrace overhanging the sea making for a memorable al fresco venue. As Ireland’s only luxury five-star hotel on the sea, Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore is among the most picturesque venues for a small wedding in Ireland.
Steeped in history and carved into the Irish coastline beside the fishing village of Ardmore in County Waterford, ceremonies and celebrations of up to 40 persons can be arranged.
Venue settings include our one Michelin star House restaurant and our sea-facing north pavilion room – a private space with balcony and courtyard. In summer, the Bar is ideal, for it opens out on to a wide terrace overhanging the sea making for a memorable al fresco venue.
From our award-winning food to flowers and place cards, our role is to serve your needs whether you take over the entire hotel for exclusive use or are married in the company of just a handful of your closest friends.
We will happily share our trusted contacts for everything from florists to hair stylists, photographers and musicians. Explore weddings at our sister properties Cliff Townhouse, Dublin and Cliff at Lyons, Kildare
Cliff Townhouse is the only luxury restaurant and boutique hotel on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin. With nine elegant guestrooms, a private dining room with a high-ceiling and elegant wrought-iron balcony spanning the Georgian building’s façade, this is a perfect venue for a Dublin wedding.
Or for an intimate countryside wedding, Cliff at Lyons, only a 30-minute drive from Dublin, is hard to beat with its canalside setting, dramatic waterfall and pretty potager garden.
Our award-winning, Michelin-starred restaurant at Cliff House Hotel, Ireland, brings foodies from all over the world to this seaside village in West Waterford. It can cater for all types of private dining events.
Both our main House Restaurant as well as our easy, unpretentious bar food honour the great Irish produce of Waterford, Cork and the Irish Sea. Our sea-facing private dining room at Cliff House Hotel is among the most elegant in Ireland.
With just 39 rooms and suites, Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore is the perfect size for an exclusive use event, from a corporate gathering to a team-building weekend that makes use of the great outdoors.
The hotel also works very well for weddings for around 40 guests (based on two sharing a room). We would also encourage you to take advantage of our suggested itineraries for your event. Note exclusive use requires as much advance notice as possible
GET ADVENTUROUS IN ARDMORE
Our hotel has a strong history of high profile yet discret gatherings and team building events. Combine our very special hotel experience with some superb creative activities, all available in our local area.
All of the following activities are available in and around Ardmore itself; Archery, Sea Kayaking, Kayak and Climb, Snorkelling, Stand-up Paddle Boarding, Surfing, Rock Climbing and Abseiling, Coasteering.
Horseriding: Horseriding in Ireland takes in the beaches, back-country trails and mountains on short rides and treks. We recommend three stables: Monatrea Equestrian Centre (10 mins) Colligan Equestrian Centre (20 mins), Finisk Valley Riding Centre and Lake Tour Stables at Tramore (60 mins).
Blackwater Adventures: Canoe down the River Blackwater with an experienced guide, then take a bike trip in the beautiful countryside with Lismore Cycling holidays. All equipment, maps and a picnic lunch are provided. Tickets €43 from Lismore Heritage Centre. Driving Time: 35 mins
Paintballing: This thrilling paintballing Glenbradagh farm in Upper Aghada, Midleton. Expect a no-holds-barred approach and plenty of fun. Driving Time: 35 mins
Lismore Heritage Centre
Lismore Heritage Centre in the heart of Lismore Heritage Town is a special place to visit and relax in the lush green landscape of West Waterford.
Set at the foot of the Knockmealdown mountains this town has been a haven for travellers since the early 600’s. Connect with the monks of old, Norman’s, Vikings and Bishops who all passed through this town and left their mark in different ways to make the town what it is today.
New for 2019, immerse yourself in a 360 degree virtual reality experience of the rooms inside Lismore Castle.
Where you will hear about the historical figures who shaped Lismore town through the ages, from entrepreneurs and adventures, Hollywood stars and world leader who have spent time in this beautiful home overlooking the majestic Blackwater River.
A children’s area where they can see costumes, dress up and draw images of what they have seen, including photo opportunities throughout. Guided town tours available daily with our local guides.
Lismore, historic seat of learning, rich in natural beauty and architectural splendour. Lismore, the jewel of the stately Blackwater River, where the past is always present.
WHALE WATCHING AND WALKING
Whale Walks: Andrew Malcolm is West Waterford’s best guide for nature walks – and can lead you on bespoke foraging, whale and birdwatching hikes. Dolphins, fin whales, minke and the occasional humpback are quite easy to spot between November and February each year, off the Ardmore cliffs.
Capitalise on this rare pleasure by wrapping up warm, with binoculars, campstools and flasks of warm drinks provided by the hotel, and head out with Andrew to spot these spectacular creatures.
Easy Local Walks: Of the walks from our hotel’s front door, the Ardmore Cliff Walk(5km, 60 mins) is highly recommended. Cunnigar – a long sandy strip across the mouth of Dungarvan Bay – is another excellent nearby route (6km, 90 mins), and Lady Louisa’s Walk from Lismore Castle (2 km, 30 mins) that takes in the River Blackwater. Mahon Falls is a horseshoe walk around a waterfall near Bonmahon (4km, 120 mins).
Guided Day Hikes: At The Cliff House Hotel, we can provide guided hiking through the Comeragh Mountains with Ardmore Adventures. Driving Time: 35 mins
Take a forage walk with our friendly hotel forager on the cliff of Ardmore or on the local beaches.
This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about, identify and pick commonly found wild leaves, flowers, fruits, nuts and mushrooms depending on the season. You will then have the pleasure to see and taste what was picked during your meal in our House restaurant that same evening.
PAMPERING AT THE WELL SPA
The hotel has an award-winning spa – The Well with indoor pool, sauna, steam room, outdoor hot tub, seaweed baths and gym. If your delegates are looking to rest and unwind we can tailor make a bespoke spa package for your group.
Golf: Worldclass championship courses include Old Head of Kinsale with its 300ft cliffs, and Mount Juliet – both a 90-minute drive from Ardmore. Fota Island Golf Club and Waterford Castle Golf are challenging, picturesque courses and within an hour’s drive of our hotel.
Local courses for a quick round include Dungarvan Golf Club, The Gold Coast and West Waterford Golf Club. At the hotel, we also have a golf tee box in the gardens allowing you to hit an environmentally-friendly golf ball towards a floating pontoon out in Ardmore Bay.
Fly-fishing: Various day-rods, beats and ghillies are available, although the River Blackwater’s exceptional salmon fishing-some deem the best in Ireland – means advance booking is essential.
Recommended specialists include Fortwilliam Fishery at Lismore, Blackwater Lodge at Upper Ballyduff, and Ballyvolane at Fermoy. Driving time: 35 – 90 minutes
Saltwater Fly-fishing: Local Richie Ryan operates the first-ever licensed saltwater fly-fishing boat in Ireland out of the second largest natural harbour in the world. Driving time: 60 minutes
Rock Fishing: There is rock fishing at Ardmore Head where wrasse, conger, pollock, codling, coalfish and mackerel are all common. From Ardmore pier – also within walking distance of our hotel – you can line-fish for bass.
Deep-Sea Fishing: Numerous local fishermen offer half- and full-day deep-sea fishing excursions on boats out of Youghal, Dungarvan, Helvick and Ballycotton. Please enquire at reception and we will advise on availability. Driving time: 60 minutes
Blue Shark Angling: Dungarvan is one of Ireland’s blue shark angling centres, with the fish usually getting plentiful from mid-June to mid-October. Dungarvan Charter Boats are specialists. Driving time: 25 minutes
Home to many successful events both corporate and personal, you relax while we take care of your event. For product launches, conferences, networking events, weddings or private celebrations – this is your unique space in Waterford.
It can seat up to 40 people for a sit-down meal on individual round tables, or 20 at one table. Up to 60 can be accommodated for a standing reception. All numbers are subject to government guidance.
Leave No Trace
One thing we have all learned to appreciate over the last year or so is the beauty of this country we live in where there is so much nature and beauty to discover and explore. Embarking on the ‘Leave no Trace’ getaway will teach you how to explore responsibly, without any negative impacts on the environment.
Muddy Boots is where you will meet Mario, a qualified guide and Mountaineering approved trainer and has been taking groups into the Irish Mountains for over ten years. Discover some of Irelands most iconic mountain ranges with spectacular viewpoints.
You package includes a full day Hill Skills course – based in The Comeraghs or the Knockmealdown Mountains. Suitable for beginners, these courses cover the seven Leave No Trace principles, map reading, emergency procedures, hillwalking equipment and much more.
This package includes two nights in a sea view room with full Irish breakfast each morning, a full day Hills Skills course with Muddy Boots guide and three-course dinner in the Bar Restaurant with a packed lunch of warming seasonal soup and snacks. Available on selected mid week dates from 1st October.
It is time for you and your loved one to replenish your reserves with a healthy dose of Vitamin C-liff.
Our Seascape package combines the very best of CLIFF with an overnight stay in a seaview room, a 45 minute outdoor bathing therapy using organic seaweed harvested from the Irish coast and a three-course dinner in The Bar Restaurant.
Spend your day walking the beach breathing in the fresh sea air and your night sleeping soundly as the waves lull you to sleep.
Explore the Shore
Take a walk on the wild side
Explore the Shore in the wilds of West Waterford with The Sea Gardener. Reconnect with land and sea during this couples forage with seaweed tasting.
Accompanied by The Sea Gardener, here you will learn how to identify edible seaweeds, pick up some cookery and gardening tips as well as learn about other traditional uses of seaweed along the Waterford Coast.
Get on your bike with the Greenway Getaway package at Cliff House Hotel.
The package includes a two-night stay with breakfast on each morning, a three-course dinner on one evening in The Bar Restaurant, full day bike hire for two adults with helmets included, departing from Dungarvan so that you can enjoy a scenic cycle on the beautiful Waterford Greenway, with a picnic in a hamper backpack to ensure you are well nourished throughout.
THE CLIFF WALK
Dripping in Irish heritage, this is a unique 4km walk with beautiful seascapes and breathtaking views. Beginning just outside our door, this walk will take you less than an hour to complete. The route takes you around Ardmore Head and Ram’s Head, passing the Sampson wreck and Father O’Donnell’s Well.
Dip your toe into the exhilaration of sea swimming. So good for us that some doctors are even prescribing it, sea swimming is made easy and accessible in Ardmore. So much so, Ardmore Beach holds a Blue Flag award for excellent water quality and environmental management.
As a seaside hotel, we make the most of our coastal location by encouraging guests to engage with the great outdoors.
Our Seas the Day package includes two half-hour sea swimming sessions with your pro swim tutor, a one night stay in a Deluxe Sea View Room, a three-course dinner in the Bar Restaurant and Full Irish breakfast.
Urchin Bar & Adventure
A new addition to Ardmore, we are so excited by the newest, coolest bar in town. Urchin is a funky new beach-inspired bar serving local drinks and signature cocktails! With a beach-side entrance, and a large outdoor area opening out onto Ardmore Beach, it is the perfect spot for a post-swim drink.
Urchin is also home to Ardmore Adventures, who offer real adventure activities in unspoiled natural locations. Activities include Sea Kayaking, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, White Water Kayaking. Join the Adventure!
THE PANTRY AT CLIFF
Sitting just beside urchin bar, The Pantry has a brand new location beside Ardmore Beach. Serving up delicious teas, coffees and light bites, foodies are in for a real treat. Try out the new signature Prawn Roll and cool off with our new Irish artisan ice cream from Freezin’ Friesian.
ST DECLAN’S WELL AND ROUND TOWER
Located at the end of the Cliff Walk, St Declan used this holy well as his Baptistry in the 4th century and the ruins of a small church that were built in his honour still stand.
The round tower stands around 30 metres high, and is decorated with unusually decorative strips at the level of the individual storeys. It is considered to be one of the best-preserved round towers in Ireland.