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Cliff at Lyons

Cliff at Lyons

Cliff at Lyons is a privately owned luxury hotel in rural Kildare occupying an unusual collection of historic rose-clad buildings, including a mill and former dovecote, a 30-minute drive from both Dublin city and Dublin airport.

Rooms: 22 rooms & suites.  Type: family, couples, golf, outdoor, city break, wellness, culinary



Cliff at Lyons is a privately owned luxury hotel in rural Kildare occupying an unusual collection of historic rose-clad buildings, including a mill and former dovecote, a 30-minute drive from both Dublin city and Dublin airport.

This is a country retreat with 22 bedrooms and suites, a multi-award-winning spa, extensive kitchen gardens with tours and access to the direct canal waters and towpaths for activities.

Part of the decorated culinary CLIFF group, Lyons boasts three restaurants including the two star Michelin – AIMSIR. An ideal location to enjoy but rural living onsite with easy access to the capital city for sights and attractions.

Cliff at Lyons History: Contemporary luxury in a lovingly restored Georgian setting.

Cliff at Lyons hotel occupies a collection of historic village houses, a barracks, forge and mill situated on the Grand Canal in Kildare. They originally formed a lockyard, flanking the southernmost of two waterways connecting Dublin in the east of Ireland with the River Shannon in the west. The big house nearby was an important Irish estate, Lyons Demesne, belonging to an old Kildare dynasty. The first Lord of Cloncurry, Nicholas Lawless, built the main Georgian mansion here in 1797.

His son, Valentine, the second Lord of Cloncurry, was a champion of the Irish cause who was twice imprisoned in the Tower of London for his sympathies towards the 1798 Irish Rebellion. Known as ‘the Irish Patriot’, Valentine, who dressed in green, was a passionate advocate of Irish culture. The buildings that form today’s 16-acre Cliff at Lyons evolved into a village in the 1820s, which had a mill, the Jolly Angler’s Inn – which became a police barracks in the mid-19th century – a hotel and even a Church of Ireland boarding school. The flourmill, damaged in a fire in 1903, was run by Joseph P Shackleton, a relative of the famous Antarctic explorer. Horses would be changed here, beside the double lock on the canal. The privately owned CLIFF hospitality group purchased the property in 2016 and operate it as a leading Irish culinary and wellness destination today.


  • Strategic location, where Dublin stops and countryside begins. A rural idyll located just 30 mins from Ireland’s capital city and leading airport.
  • Steeped in history, this is a restored 18th Century village constructed in a considered manner.
  • The Grand Canal circles the property, allowing miles of towpath and water for activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding, walking, cycling and private barge trips.
  • Wellness – The Well in the Garden is a luxury award-winning spa set in the beautifully restored Carriage House building.
  • Culinary – this is a true village with something for everyone on site. They have three restaurants and extensive kitchen gardens, honeybees and bakery. Their two star Michelin AIMSIR, celebrates only what can be fished and foraged in Ireland and was the quickest ever to two star restaurant, achieving the award within 4 months of opening.


Estate Rooms

Estate Suites

Lilypond Rooms



  • The Pantry – A bakery, coffee house and larder store, selling takeaway items, picnics and great coffee for you to enjoy on your walk along the canal.
  • The Mill Restaurant – At the heart of Cliff at Lyons, with huge double-height ceilings, warm open fire and windows that open up to a terrace beside the mill race and waterfall. Here, you will find a          relaxed style of dining where it is easy to enjoy a lunch or dinner with friends or family. The illuminated waterfall provides a unique back drop to this airy and spacious room. 
  • The Mezz Bar – Overlooking the Mill, serving light snacks with great cocktails and wines
  • Orangery – Glass walled Turner conservatory serving breakfast and brunch. Also available as a private dining space
  • Aimsir Restaurant – Two star Michelin offering only what is grown, fished and foraged on the island of Ireland
  • Aimsir Lounge – The chic bar with indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the beautiful garden.
  • Lyons Den – Offering a traditional reading room setting. Also available for private dining events.
  • Dovesquare – outdoor dining and bars – all areas in Lyons have an outdoor area in which you can enjoy an al fresco experience.




  • Daily kitchen garden tour with Chef
  • Daily Historical Walk
  • Cycling
  • Stand up paddleboarding
  • Kayaking
  • Barge trips
  • Yoga and Pilates
  • Award winning Spa
  • Arthur Guinness Walking Trail
  • Fishing
  • Nordic Pole Walking
  • Wine Tasting
  • Whiskey Tasting
  • Picnics
  • Personal Training
  • Garden Chess
  • Bird Watching
  • Art Class
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Canalside picnics


  • Castletown House
  • Dublin Falconry
  • Celbridge Elm Hall Golf Club
  • Maynooth Castle
  • Steam Museum
  • Dublin city centre sights and attractions



  • Daily kitchen garden tour with Chef
  • Daily Historical Walk
  • Cycling
  • Stand up paddleboarding
  • Kayaking
  • Picnics
  • Garden Chess
  • Bird Watching
  • Art Class
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Canalside picnics


  • Falconry
  • Horseriding
  • Lullymore Farm
  • Dublin Zoo
  • Tayto Park
  • Kildare Maze
  • Wallaby Woods
  • Newgrange


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The Westbury is within a 10-minute walk of some of Dublin’s most popular attractions, such as Trinity College and the National gallery, and there are also numerous bars, restaurants and shops just steps away. This central hotel is a fantastic base to explore Ireland’s iconic capital and a great choice for those wanting to be amongst the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

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