If you’re looking for ideas for daycations in Waterford, then get ready to set out what’s going to be one of your best spins out of town this summer.
St. Declan was a man of good taste (and noble blood) when he chose the Ardmore, Co.Waterford to settle in during the 5th Century. Sure who wouldn’t want to live in a place that has spectacular scenery, a silken sandy beach, and just an overall peaceful vibe permeating throughout this stunning seaside village? Below, we share some of the best things to see and do on your day trip.
Great heights in Ardmore
Built high up with views all across the seaside village, St Declan’s Round Tower is really impressive and a very serene spot to walk around. You might even find a spot to meditate there if you’re on your own. This site is definitely one of our favourites, hands down. And, you just can’t go to Ardmore and not do the stunning cliff walk overlooking the beach. It’s heaven, especially on a sunny day; we love it.
Must-dos when you’re there
Rest assured, Ardmore has enough heritage sites, nature spots and cliff walks to keep you going for a full day. Its sandy beach is ideal for families, plus you can grab ice cream shops for the kids in one of the village shops or cafes.
1. Take in the array of ecclesiastical monuments
Left behind and dedicated to St. Declan, go see the remains of the ornate cathedral, ogham stones, an oratory, and other ancient monuments that should grab your attention.
2. Have a dip in the sea
Rain or sunshine we don’t care! Take a dip in the sea while you’re there – the water is really lovely even if the weather changes constantly during the day, it’s refreshing. Or, if you’re a bit more adventurous, get in touch with Ardmore Diving who are PADI certified and can take you through a fun few hours diving in the enclosed bay itself or further out to sea to see the wrecks. and maybe even bring back some treasure. You never know.
3. See how good you are at paddle boarding
If you don’t like to sit on the sand all day, then maybe it’s to show off your balance skills with some stand up paddle boarding? Ardmore Adventure Centre is right in the main street and has lots more sea-based activities for adults and kids to pass the day. They also do summer camps so do check them out.
4. Pet the animals at Ardmore farm
This video says it all. Ardmore Farm and Mini-zoo is always a big hit with the kids and will probably win you some brownie points too. Dedicated petting times, a wide range of all things furry and exotic, well worth a visit!
5. Afternoon tea at The Cliff House Hotel
If you haven’t yet been to The Cliff House Hotel, then you also probably haven’t had afternoon tea there either… it really should be on your ‘to-do’ list ‘coz it’s luxury all the way…Cocktails on the terrace are another good option if you just want to stop by before you round off your daycation to Ardmore.
Hope you have an amazing visit to Ardmore and hope the sun comes out for you!