Glamping guests get discounted entry to the mini zoo and unlimited access

Activities

Ardmore Open Farm & Mini Zoo

Ardmore Open Farm and Mini Zoo is located just minutes from the sea side village of Ardmore in Co. Waterford. Set on c.16 acres and overlooking Whiting Bay, it opened in 2013 and has quickly become one of the main family attractions in the South East.

It is home to a large variety of exotic and domestic animals, from wallabies to pigs, lemurs to birds of prey and a giant Poitou donkey with lots more in between. Ardmore Open Farm and Mini Zoo is not just about animals, as it has a full range of activities for all ages. Endless hours of fun can be spent on the playground, three tier indoor play centre, go kart track, zip line, soccer pitch, maze and much more. Full restaurant facilities are available with a wide variety of hot meals, wines and home baked goods on offer. No matter what the weather a fun-filled day is guaranteed at Ardmore Open Farm and Mini Zoo.

Ardmore Adventures

Ardmore Adventures is located next to the beach in the stunning and picturesque Ardmore bay in Waterford. Ardmore Adventures offer real adventure activities in unspoilt natural locations in Waterford and Cork.

Activities include Rock Climbing, Sea Kayaking, Surfing, Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Archery, Team building, Lifeguard & First Aid Courses. They offer the complete adventure experience and their aim is to help you to reach your true potential. With 15 years’ experience in teaching and coaching they will show you what you are capable of.

 

Ardmore Cliff Walk

The Ardmore Cliff Walk takes you around Ardmore Head and Ram Head passing the shipwreck known as Sampson. On your right you will see the coastguard station (1867), the castle (1867), the lookout post, used for observation during World War II, and Father O’Donnell’s Well. Now the path follows a series of bends away from the sea and arrives, via a gate, at the end of the lane. Follow the road up to a T-junction and continue straight on until you reach the 12th-century Round Tower. Round Towers were built between the 9th and 12th centuries, this is one of the finest, if late, examples of this type of structure in Ireland. It rises in three steps to a height of just over 29m.

We continue our trail onto Goat Island. Take the unsigned road opposite the Round Tower. Follow this country road until you reach a junction where you take the first left, which is signposted for Goat Island, beach and rock fishing. Your route carries on down the windy lane to the sandy cove at Goat Island. Retrace your trail and follow the signs for Whiting Bay.

 

Waterford Greenway

Waterford Greenway is a spectacular 46km cycling and walking trail along an old railway line which takes you from stunning Dungarvan all the way to the quays of Ireland’s oldest city (Waterford). One of the best ways to explore the greenway is by bicycle.

Some of the attractions en-route include:

Dungarvan 
Breath taking views across Dungarvan Bay traveling to the town centre.

Ballyvoile Tunnel
The Ballyvoile 400-metre brick-lined tunnel is as fresh as the day it was built and discreetly lit to keep it’s magic.

Two Stone Viaducts
The Durrow 7 arch and Kilmacthomas 8 arch viaducts are engineering marvels.

Mount Congreve
These world famous gardens are directly accessible from the Greenway.

Jameson Distillery, Midleton

A tour of the Jameson Experience is a journey through the story and making of Irish whiskey. Guided tours are available throughout the year and all tours commence with an audio-visual presentation, retracing the history of whiskey in Ireland. Guests are then guided through the old distillery, where they can admire the old kilns, mills, maltings, water wheel, still house, distiller’s cottage, cooperage and warehouses.

Tours end with a complimentary glass of Jameson, or for a lucky selected few from each tour, a comparative whiskey tasting, which compares and explains the differences between Irish, Scotch and Bourbon whiskies. Whiskey Tasters are rewarded with their own Whiskey Tasting Certificate.

Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park is located on 100 acres at Fota Island 10km east of Cork City and has an annual attendance of 440,000 visitors. It is currently the second largest visitor attraction in Ireland outside of Leinster.

Fota Wildlife Park’s vision is to inspire people to understand and conserve the biodiversity of our natural world. The Park’s core values of conservation, education, research and entertainment have ensured that we are uniquely placed to foster greater public understanding of the threats to plant and animal habitats and decreasing global biodiversity.

Fota Wildlife Park has made considerable investment in the past 5 years upgrading its infrastructure and is currently near completion of an additional 27 acres development that focuses on Asian animals and plants.

Local Beaches

There are several beautiful beaches dotted around the coastline of Ardmore, such as:

Ardmore Beach
Whiting Bay
Goat Island
Pebble Beach
Ballyquin Beach

These are just a few very popular beaches with families and are just a stone’s throw away from the glamping site.

Perks Entertainment Centre

Perks Entertainment Centre is located in Youghal and is one of the largest indoor funfairs in the country. There is a large selection of kiddie rides and arcade games as well as an indoor bowling facility and Megazone laser tag. 

Perks offers tons of fun no matter what weather and is great fun for all the family.