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The beautiful Ardmore Beach is one of the more popular places to visit in Waterford. Especially as you can pair a visit here with a ramble along the Ardmore Cliff Walk and then lunch in the Cliff House Hotel, if you fancy! A day trip to the beach is much more special when it comes imbued with history, tradition and plenty of other activities for the outdoor-minded visitor.

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St Declan's Cathedral

St Declan's Cathedral

0.4km from Ardmore Beach

One of the earliest ecclesiastical sites in Ireland was founded in Ardmore by Saint Declan, a pre-Patrician Saint in the 5th century. At the site are the later remains of an ecclesiastical enclosure. Inside the enclosure are Saint Declans Oratory, the 'Cathedral' shown above, a 12th century round tower, two ogham stones and several cross slabs. The Cathedral, which consists of a nave and chancel, was built by Moelettrim O Duibh Rathra sometime during the 12th century in a number of phases.

Ardmore Round Tower

Ardmore Round Tower

0.43km from Ardmore Beach

The Ardmore Round Tower is one of the best-preserved examples in Ireland. Situated in the middle of a still-used Cemetery. It is a complete tower but the conical cap is not the original. The 12th century tower has three clearly visible string courses and each course is offset, this plus the inclination or batter of the walls give the tower it's distinctive tapered shape. The sandstone blocks are dressed to the curve. The tower has a total of 7 windows and a decorated.

Ardmore Cliff Walk

Ardmore Cliff Walk

0.71km from Ardmore Beach

This walk brings you on cliff-top paths, minor roads and laneways past Early Christian St Declan's Well, Ardmore Round Tower, 12th Century Cathedral and a lookout post with a variety of flora, fauna and birdlife (coastal birds, Rock Pipits, Pheasant, Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon) and some stunning coastal scenery.

Goat Island

Goat Island

2.73km from Ardmore Beach

Goat Island is a beach located roughly 5 kilometres west of Ardmore, County Waterford. The inlet where the beach is located faces south and is sheltered to the west side by the island itself. The beach can be found via a windy lane signposted for Goat Island.

Youghal Clock Gate Tower

Youghal Clock Gate Tower

8.54km from Ardmore Beach

Built in 1777, the tower in the centre of Youghal is nowadays the city’s landmark. But its history is rather frightening. The Clock Tower, which was used as a prison for a long time. As the most visible landmark in the centre of Youghal Main Street, the tower is inextricably linked with the surrounding landscape and community across more than 700 years of history. Today visitors can move through the inner stairs of the four storey, 24 metre high tower.

Youghal Beach

Youghal Beach

9.58km from Ardmore Beach

A beautiful sandy beach located within walking distance of Youghal town just off the N25. The beach is located just to the west of the mouth of the great River Blackwater. It is a pleasant beach for walking and joins up with neighbouring Claycastle and Redbarn beaches to form a 3 mile stretch of beach.

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Waterford

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County Waterford is a county in Ireland. It is in the province of Munster and is part of the South-East Region. is the oldest city in Ireland and it is the perfect blend of ancient and modern. It is renowned for its exciting festivals and events such as the West Waterford Festival of Food, Spraoi, Winterval, Harvest Festival, Taste Tramore, Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival and Waterford Film Festival and many more.

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