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As a luxury family hotel in Ireland, we make it our business to provide numerous things to do for children of all ages. Both summer and winter, the region between Cork and Waterford offers great variety, including wet weather attractions in Ireland and activities suitable for smaller members of the family.
Family-Friendly Beach Days: We can create beach picnics for you to enjoy within a short walk of the hotel. If you want a pretty cove for swimming, we would recommend Goat Island, a 10-minute drive away.
The Titanic Experience, Cobh: This new interactive exhibition occupies the original offices of the White Star Line, marking the departure point of the ship that famously sank when it struck an iceberg in 1912. Driving time: 30 minutes.
Trabolgan Family Entertainment Centre, Midleton: You will find here a new bird of prey centre where children car fly their own Harris Hawks (age and height restrictions apply). Driving time: 40 minutes.
FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY
Perks Family Indoor Entertainment Centre, Youghal: Hell for parents but heaven for children, this is the perfect wet weather distraction, with a lazer zone, bowling and a soft play area for little ones. Driving time: 10 minutes.
Fota Wildlife Park, Fota: This large park is home to some 70 species of free-roaming exotic wildlife from meerkat to cheetah, giraffe to European bison. Driving time: 35 minutes.
Dunbrody Ship, New Ross: Dunbrody was a 19th-century ship that carried Irish emigrants to North America during the Great Famine. A fascinating educational visit that is artfully curated. Driving time: 75 minutes.
Spike Island, Cobh: This 103-acre island known as Ireland’s Alcatraz is a former prison and convict depot in Cork harbour – and now an intriguing tourist attraction. Guided tours are recommended. Driving time: 40 minutes.
Ardmore Open Farm and Mini Zoo, Ardmore: This mini zoo overlooks Whiting Bay in Ardmore. Miniature goats, donkeys, marmoset monkeys and rare owls are just some of the range of animals on show. Driving time: 10 minutes.
Cappagh Fishing Lakes, Dungarvan: Conveniently close to our hotel are these spring-fed, trout-stocked lakes that offer excellent fly and bait angling – as well as calm water for younger fishermen. Driving time: 10 minutes.
The Great Outdoors
Waterford Greenway Bike or Walk the glorious Waterford Greenway – View the beautiful scenery from Dungarvan Town to Waterford City, stop at the local restaurants and pubs along the way or organise a packed picnic during your adventure. From seaside scenery to handmade fairy houses and little playgrounds along the way this route isn’t short of fun with fairy houses all along the route. Driving time: 15 minutes
See our Greenway Getaway Package here
The Great Outdoors The perfect day out to blow off the cobwebs. Mount Congreve is connected and may be accessed from the Waterford Greenway Walk and Cycle path. From Mount Congreve you can visit other gardens in the Waterford Garden Trail such as Curraghmore in nearby Portlaw, Lafcadio Hearne Japanese Gardens in Tramore, Tourin House in Cappoquinn and Lismore Castle in West Waterford. Waterford Museum of Treasures, The Bishop’s Palace and Reginald’s Tower is located in the Viking Triangle is a 10-minute drive! Driving Time: 40 Minutes to 1 hour.
Waterford Camino Tours Discover this hidden corner of Ireland’s Ancient East, through the unique perspective of local experts, Phil and Elaine, who have carefully crafted Camino Experiences in Waterford. Phil, a nationally celebrated Musical Director with a PhD in Christian Spirituality, gently guides visitors on their way. Walking these trails with Phil and Elaine will leave imprints that will last a lifetime.
Midterm Break Activities
Robert Boyle Escape Room, Lismore Robert Boyle has been busy trying to solve many of the most puzzling science questions of the 17th century. Boyle’s nemesis, the fraud, Vincenzo Falcone believes that Boyle has discovered a mysterious ingredient which can turn base metals into gold and give humans the gift of immortality. Driving time: 40 minutes
Falcone knows that Boyle is away on important business in the city today and Falcone will be here in 60 minutes to search Boyle’s study for his secret Alchemy Box. Can you find it before Falcone gets here? The Robert Boyle Escape Room is the perfect family activity especially for your older kids.
The Jameson Experience Tour is a fully guided tour around the original Midleton Distillery which brings the stories of Jameson’s rich heritage to life. You’ll learn about the hard working people and field-to-glass processes responsible for the whiskey that bears John Jameson’s name. Driving time: 40 minutes
On this tour, a friendly Jameson Ambassadors will guide you around the buildings, including the warehouses and the Microdistillery where you will learn the history of Jameson Distillery.
The Lismore Castle Experience Take a glimpse inside the 12th century Lismore Castle and explore the lives of the famous people who lived there through virtual reality. Fly over Lismore Castle and the dramatic Blackwater River, see the most amazing views, see the rooms that Fred Astaire and his sister Adel danced around within Lismore Castle.
Driving time: 40 minutes.
A PRIVATE RESIDENCE
Choose Cliff Cottage as your private luxury seaside residence. It has all the amenities of the hotel space, with the added privacy of your own living quarters and all modern conveniences. Cliff Cottage can host up to six adults and four children.
Parents can book a hotel childminder and take time out to enjoy an intimate meal in the Michelin-starred House Restaurant at the hotel.