There’s a wealth of interesting things to see and do around the Cliff at Lyon’s estate.
We’ve put together some recommended itineraries to help you to experience as much as possible during your stay.
For History Lovers
Fully appreciate the historical surrounds of Cliff at Lyons.
Take a guided walk along the neighbouring Grand Canal with Celbridge Walking Tours.
You’ll walk in the footsteps of the eponymous Arthur Guinness, Ireland’s first great entrepreneur, and hear the story of the Battle of Glenn Máma, fought near Lyon’s hill in 999 AD.
If you don’t fancy the walk, book a barge trip up the canal with M.V. Amo – available to charter for groups of up to 12 people for an afternoon cruise to Sallins Harbour.
If your thirst for historical insight still hasn’t been quenched, pop to Straffan Antiques, specialising in 18th century ceramics, silverware and fine art.
Alternatively, Castletown House in Celbridge, built in 1722, is a great place to enjoy a cream tea before heading back to Cliff at Lyons for a three-course dinner.
You can enjoy rustic pan fried soda bread with your meal, baked in homage to our 18th century millhouse – the village at Lyon’s oldest building.
For Nature Lovers
Cliff at Lyons is a rural idyll for guests wanting to spend the whole day in nature.
There are a variety of lawns, gardens and leafy trees all within the grounds of the estate, and the water fowl of the Grand Canal are only minutes away.
When you’ve had your fill of nature on the estate, head to the Irish National Stud’s Japanese Gardens. The gardens are a haven of tranquility, renowned for their variety of exotic flora and fauna, as well as their intricate water features.
End your day under the stars with a gourmet barbecue dinner, personally prepared by our Head Chef, Nathan Dimond.
For Gourmet Lovers
Start your day with a tour of the kitchen gardens with one of our chefs.
Pick up horticulture tips while learning about their passion for organic, homegrown produce.
Afterwards, follow them back into the kitchen for a cookery demonstration by our Head Chef, Nathan Dimond, as he reveals some of the techniques used to prepare dishes from our Orangery and Canal Café menus.
“Inspiration is all around, I even take cues from the Cliff bees that sometimes come up and tap on the Orangery windows”
There will also be a chance to enjoy botanically themed cocktails and canapés.
Nathan has worked in kitchens across Ireland and the United Kingdom and his demonstrations are peppered with amusing kitchen anecdotes.