The tranquil village of Ardmore is the perfect spot for some Autumn sun and fresh air! It's about an hour and a half drive from Waterford City and there's plenty to see once you arrive.
The village is the oldest Christian settlement in Ireland and boasts the best example of an Irish round tower which dates back to the 12th century and stands 29m in height. The Ardmore Round Tower would have served as a belfry and place of refuge. The ancient site includes Cathedral ruins, with stone carvings depicting biblical scenes, and also fascinating ogham stones.
After you've checked out the round tower, take the wonderful Ardmore Cliff Walk for stunning coastal views. The walk is a 5km circular route that takes about an hour, passing through the village and other sites such as St. Declan’s Well & oratory ruins. Ardmore Beach is another popular spot for a stroll. Swimming, kayaking and other water activities are available.
Looking for something that the kids will love? The Ardmore Open Farm & Mini Zoo is set on 22 acres and is perfect for a fun-filled family day out. they have a variety of small exotic animals, reptiles and farm favourites - from miniature goats to marmoset monkeys! There's also a playground, indoor 3 tier play centre, go-karting, a maze and more.
There's some fabulous accommodation options in Ardmore;
- Cliff House Hotel - This 5 star cliffside hotel is perfect for an indulgent retreat. Relax in The Well By The Sea Spa then treat yourself to an eight course tasting menu in the Michelin star House Restaurant.
- Round Tower Hotel - This 3 Star family-run hotel is the perfect base for an Ardmore getaway. It's only a five minute walk from the beach and serves a traditional Irish breakfast and Sunday lunch.
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If you're looking for a challenge, St Declan's Way is a 115km pilgrim path trail that connects Ardmore, Co. Waterford with Cashel in Co. Tipperary. It breaks naturally into five different stages, passing through Aglish, Cappoquin, Lismore and Mount Melleray to name a few! You can plan your journey and book accommodation in advance.