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Our Dublin luxury boutique hotel and restaurant is within easy access of the international airport.

Located in a fashionable city centre neighbourhood rich with culture, historic sites and upscale boutiques.

With Cliff Townhouse as a base, it’s easy to make the most of our destination’s highlights, many of which are accessible within a few minutes’ walk.

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Opening up central Dublin is very much part of our commitment to your luxury holiday in Ireland. With genuine pride in Irish culture, we can direct you towards activities suitable for rain, sun, corporate groups or family. This includes shopping, musical events, sporting fixtures, historic sites and theatre.

We encourage all our guests to explore the immediate environs of St Stephen’s Green with its lung of grass at the very heart of the capital. Landscaped in the 18th century, this pretty park sequesters numerous spots for picnics beneath the canopy of trees. Once a space for public hangings, the nine hectares are now the province of people looking for peace and quiet in Dublin city centre.



The northern side of St Stephen’s Green, where Cliff Townhouse is located, was known as the Beaux Walk during the Georgian period, when it was home to some of Dublin’s most esteemed families. Other points of interest include bullet holes in the façade of the Royal College of Surgeons – a defacement that occurred during the 1916 Easter Rising when rebel forces occupied the building.

With this prestigious location, there are numerous upscale boutiques on the doorstep, including those clustering around Grafton Street. Lively Temple Bar borders the neighbourhood to the north with its pubs, clubs and restaurants, while the south is marked by the Grand Canal. Perhaps Dublin’s greatest historic site, Trinity College, is just a five- to 10-minute walk from our door.

To navigate the city, we can recommend local culture guides and private shoppers, as well as driver-guides for those who want to explore further afield. Families might enjoy the hop-on, hop-off bus tours, amphibious vehicle tours, or a horse-and-carriage – all of which pass by St Stephen’s Green.

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Boutiques close to Cliff Townhouse and St Stephen’s Green include some of the best shops in Dublin, most of which are centred in and around nearby Grafton Street – a fashionable precinct for more than two centuries, and pedestrianised since 1982.

To explore St Stephen’s Green – where Adams, one of Ireland’s great auction houses is located – is just the beginning of your Irish shopping experience. There are some convenient clusters in nearby malls, which include Westbury Mall, George’s Street Arcade, Powerscourt Centre, St Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre and Royal Hibernian Way on Dawson Street.

The warren of streets to the west of Grafton Street and beyond throws up numerous boutiques, with stores you would only find in Ireland, including fashion-forward, independently owned bookshops, antique stores and more.


This includes St Stephen’s Green, where our hotel is located. In the gardens, statues commemorate the poet W.B. Yeats as well as the Guinness family, who opened up the park to the general public in 1877,  allowing regular Dubliners to roam the nine hectares free of charge for the first time.

Across the city, from the famous Gate Theatre south of the Liffey to the Gaiety just steps from St Stephen’s Green, there are numerous opportunities to experience Dublin’s vibrant performing arts – with film, theatre, dance, music, literature and more.

Our Dublin luxury rooms provide the perfect base for those visiting Ireland for a festival, be it cultural, sporting or food-orientated. There are numerous annual events to take note of, including festivals of film, theatre, opera and more.

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We might not be a hotel with a gym in Dublin, but Cliff Townhouse still offers ample opportunity for guests who want to keep on top of their wellbeing. We recommend various nearby day spas, and would also encourage joggers to use St Stephen’s Green – a nine-hectare green park immediately opposite.

Spectator sports are popular among the Irish, with fervent support for local and national teams showing itself on match days. City pubs buzz with the cheers of the victorious (and cries of the defeated) while hotels fill up fast during major international fixtures, including the Dublin Marathon. Many of our guests come to Ireland to watch such events.

Here we detail the main sporting event venues in and around Dublin, from horse tracks to football stadiums, as well as some day spas in Dublin you may find useful when attending to your own wellness.


To keep a track of what’s on in Dublin, visit entertainment.ie, or pick up a free copy of the Dublin Event Guide, which publishes listings on a fortnightly basis. You can also visit dnotes.info/maps for a complete cultural tour of Dublin.

National Gallery of Ireland

Home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of Irish art including definitive work by Frank Orpen, James Barry and William Leech, the National also houses paintings and sculptures by other major European artists such as Picasso and Vermeer.

Walking Time: 2 minutes

Irish Museum of Modern Art

Modern Irish and international art, including photography, painting, sculpture, performance and conceptual work from the 1940s onwards, are all permanently housed in the fine 17th-century Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

Due to renovations, from October 2012 until mid 2013 they will be located in the National Concert Hall

Walking Time: 5 minutes

Dublin City Gallery – The Hugh Lane

The foremost collection of modern art in Ireland includes Francis Bacon’s original studio, re-located in painstaking detail from London to Dublin in 2007.

Driving Time: 7 minutes

Gallery of Photography

Flying the flag for contemporary photography, this Temple Bar gallery hosts a running programme of exhibitions at its cool, purpose-built space in Meeting House Square.

Walking Time: 10 minutes

Royal Hibernian Academy

Championing contemporary Irish artists through its directional Ely Place Gallery, the RHA also offers a significant prize at its popular Annual Exhibition, held each summer.

Walking Time: 5 minutes

Abbey Theatre

The beating heart of contemporary Irish theatre and dance, the Abbey (and its sister stage, The Peacock) is where to catch the latest groundbreaking homegrown productions.

Walking Time: 15 minutes

Gate Theatre

This landmark 18th-century theatre – where such stars as Orson Wells, James Mason and Michael Gambon began their careers – runs an awardwinning programme of classics from the modern and Irish repertoire.

Driving Time: 7 minutes

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

The former Grand Canal Theatre, recently re-branded, showcases hits from Broadway and the West End in a purpose-built venue in Dublin’s Docklands.

Driving Time: 5 minutes

Gaiety Theatre

The hot spot for large-scale Irish and international musical theatre including the smash hit Riverdance. The Gaiety is a Dublin institution—and one of the key venues during Dublin’s winter opera season.

Walking Time: 2 minutes

National Museum of Ireland

Arguably Ireland’s most culturally significant collection, this Museum is the oracle on Irish heritage, from archaeology and natural history to the nation’s rich decorative arts.

Natural History- this museum of museums is famous for it’s Victorian cabinet style, which houses one of the world’s finest and fullest collections still to be seen today.

Walking Time: 2 minutes

Chester Beatty Library

This art museum and library houses an international collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, rare books and decorative arts assembled by the philanthropist Sir Alfred Chester Beatty.

Walking Time: 10 minutes

Dublin Writers Museum

This is a must-see for anyone interested in exploring Dublin’s rich literary heritage, with highlights including first and rare editions of Irish classics such as ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, ‘Ulysses’ and ‘Waiting for Godot’.

Driving Time: 10 minutes

House Number 29

The turmoil and change of Georgian Dublin is brought to life at this fascinating townhouse museum – which puts the heritage of The Cliff Townhouse into its historical context – and is furnished with authentic pieces exactly as it would have been from the late 1790s to the 1820s.

Walking Time: 5 minutes

Little Museum of Dublin

Dublin’s story is told in this small but perfectly formed ‘people’s museum’ just a few doors away from The Cliff Townhouse on St Stephen’s Green. The collection includes old advertising, photographs and ephemera remembering Dublin’s past.

Walking Time: 30 seconds

Freemasons Hall

The Freemasons Hall in Dublin City is a mid-Victorian building from the 1860s and features a prize-winning design by the Birmingham architect, Edward Holmes. It has been the headquarters of Freemasonry in Ireland ever since. It also contains administrative offices, a library and a museum. It is home to an exhibition relating to Freemasonry in Ireland from the early 18th century. Free admission.

Walking Time: 2 minutes

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

This state-of- the-art interactive experience located in the beautiful vaults of the 1820 Custom House Quarter building in Dublin’s Docklands, the original

departure point for so many of Ireland’s emigrants. It will inspire and guide you on a journey to discover the stories of Irish emigration around the world, from early times to the modern day.


Over the centuries, some 10 million people have left the island of Ireland. At EPIC you can step through 20 themed galleries to find out why people left, see how they influenced the world they

found, and experience the connection between their descendants and Ireland today. Immerse yourself in the stories of some of the most remarkable tales of sacrifice, endurance, adventure, and

discovery the world has ever known. EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum brings these amazing stories to life in a unique and spectacular way.


Tickets can be purchased on arrival to the museum.

National Concert Hall

One of Europe’s greatest music venues, the National Concert Hall’s resident orchestra puts on an excellent weekly programme. Performances from visiting artists include jazz, opera, pop and classical.

Walking Time: 5 minutes

National Botanical Gardens

Conservation and education are at the heart of these historic gardens, where you can learn about Irish flora and support work to save endangered native species.

Driving Time: 15 minutes

Trinity College

Widely acknowledged as one of the world’s finest universities, no visit to Dublin is complete without a trip to the old library to see The Book of Kells – a famous ninth-century Gospel manuscript.

Walking Time: 2 minutes

3Arena Dublin

This new, state-of-the-art entertainment venue is well regarded for its world-class acoustics and attracts giant acts from Cirque du Soleil to Jerry Seinfeld.

Driving Time: 7 minutes

The Helix

This multi-venue performance space hosts a wide range of events, from live recordings of the popular TV talent show, ‘The Voice of Ireland’, to sell-out performances of Shakespeare’s plays.

Driving Time: 15 minutes

Guinness Storehouse

Discover the fascinating history of the drink that defines a nation. This major attraction is worth a visit just to stand inside the world’s largest pint glass, rising up seven floors through the storehouse’s atrium.

Driving Time: 5 minutes

Book of Kells

The Book of Kells is the centrepiece of an exhibition which attracts over 500,000 visitors to Trinity College in Dublin City each year.
Written around the year 800 AD, the Book of Kells contains a richly decorated copy of the four gospels in a latin text, based on the Vulgate edition (completed by St. Jerome in 384 AD). The book contains complex scenes normally interpreted as the Arrest of Christ, His Temptation, and images of Christ, the Virgin and Child, St Matthew and St John. Originally a single volume, it was rebound in four volumes in 1953 for conservation reasons. Two volumes are normally on display, one opened at a major decorated page, the other at a text opening.

Walking Time: 2 minutes

Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral – is Dublin’s oldest building, a leading visitor attraction and a place of pilgrimage for almost 1,000 years. Renowned for its beauty, architecture and exquisite floor tiles, it is home to the famous 12th Century crypt, one of the oldest and largest in Britain and Ireland. Perfectly located in the heart of Medieval Dublin.

Walking Time: 10 minutes

Jameson Distillery

Jameson Distillery, Bow. Street – The new look Jameson Distillery Bow St. carries on this ambition through three fully guided experiences: Bow St. Experience, The Whiskey Makers, and The Whiskey Shakers – all of which have a firm focus on immersive storytelling. You’ll be invited to touch, smell, and most importantly, taste Jameson in the original Bow St. Distillery buildings.

Walking Time: 25 minutes

Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol – Dublin’s Kilmainham Gaol held some of the most famous political and military leaders in Irish history such as Robert Emmet, Charles Stewart Parnell, the 1916 Rising leaders and Eamon de Valera. Leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916 were detained here. The visit includes a guided tour and exhibition.

Walking Time: 15 minutes

The Liberties Area

The Liberties Area – an area located to the southwest of the inner city. One of Dublin’s most historic neighbourhoods, the area is now a centre of enterprise and commercial life in the heart of the city. Today The Liberties is a city neighbourhood of opportunities and innovation, where the heritage of an historic city quarter sits side by side with dynamic media and tech hubs and highly respected medical and education centres.

Walking Time: 25 minutes

Dublin Contemporary

Ireland’s answer to London’s Frieze art fair, this biannual contemporary art event turns the city into a huge gallery, with hundreds of artists exhibiting in a range of venues from Iveagh Gardens to Earlsfort Terrace. The next event is due to take place in 2014.

Temple Bar TradFest

Each January, Dublin hosts a festival of Irish music and culture, which includes street performances, outdoor music stages, workshops and performances in the Ark Temple Bar, a cultural centre for children.

Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

Ireland’s premier feature film festival takes place over 11 days and nights each February. The majority of films shown are Irish premières, and for some of the films, the festival represents the only public screening that will take place in Ireland.

Dublin Fringe Festival

This 16-day festival each September – the largest multi-disciplinary arts festival in Ireland – features over 525 events in over 40 venues, including theatre, comedy, music, dance and other avant-garde spectacles.

Dublin Theatre Festival

Since 1957, this two-week-long festival in September and October has seen Dublin’s major theatre venues host productions by the world’s most highly regarded artists, while also premiering work by the giants of Irish theatre.

Bram Stoker Festival

Bram Stocker Festival – each October, Dublin City celebrates 4 Days of Living Stories & 4 Nights of Deadly Adventures. Abraham ‘Bram’ Stoker was born on 8 November 1847 in Clontarf, Dublin and was educated at Trinity College from 1864-1870. His love of theatre led him to become the unpaid drama critic for the Dublin Evening Mail which was co-owned by the gothic writer Sheridan Le Fanu. In 1878 he married Florence Balcombe, former girlfriend of Oscar Wilde, in St. Ann’s Church in Dawson Street. He began writing novels while in London – the most famous of which is Dracula, published in 1897.

Taste of Dublin

This June festival takes places in Iveagh Gardens – four days of summer eating, drinking and entertainment with a boutique food market, tasting dishes from Dublin’s best restaurants, masterclasses and more.

Walking Time: 2 minutes


Bloom – takes place every year on June BH weekend, in the Phoenix Park. Festival is run by Bord Bia and is a showcase for the garden plants, garden design, horticulture and gardening. Numerous other food, beverage, family activities and entertainment add to the fun over the weekend.

Oyster Festival

September is the real start of oyster season, and at Cliff Townhouse we continue our annual homage to his majesty the mollusk with its 7th Oyster Festival.

With a splash of seafood, a dash of the drinks that perfectly match and a line-up of interesting talks, an exclusive oyster masterclass plus oyster menu specials throughout the entire month, the Oyster Festival at Cliff Townhouse is perfectly designed for balmy September evenings.

St Patrick’s Festival

The St Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin is a cultural landmark, marking the culmination of the city’s five-day St Patrick’s Festival. More than half a million people line the one-and-half-mile parade route, which takes place on March.

Dublin Horse Show

The Dublin Horse Show in August is an Irish institution pulling in tens of thousands to its various equestrian events, including world-class showjumping. At RDS, the Royal Dublin Society on Merrion Road.

Driving Time: 5 minutes

Dublin Marathon

Held late October, the annual Dublin Marathon sees some 10,000 runners from all over the world run the streets of Georgian Dublin – taking in St Stephen’s Green right in front of our hotel.

Renew Spa

This aesthetic clinic off nearby Leeson Street is reassuringly underpinned by medical expertise, being founded by two registered nurses. The clinic addresses various concerns, providing everything from facial peels to their popular endermologie treatments designed to combat hard-to-shift cellulite.

Walking Time: 5 minutes

Therapie Spa

Beauty gets futuristic at this one-stop-shop on Molesworth Street where the most advanced laser hair removal technologies are available along with weight loss, massage, skin treatments and facial therapies using products from such names as Eve Lom, Murad and Dermalogica.

Walking Time: 2 minutes


This elegant salon in Upper Baggot Street offers a range of therapies to polish and perfect every surface, including jet peels and microdermabrasion as well as laser hair removal and great manicure and pedicure treatments.

Walking Time: 5 minutes

Aviva Stadium

This impressive new venue, formerly known as Lansdowne Road, is where the giant rugby games are held – including Ireland’s home matches during The Six Nations.

Driving Time: 5 minutes

Royal Dublin Society

The RDS, as this venue is known, is where popular Irish rugby team Leinster plays its home games. The showground also hosts the Dublin Horseshow each year.

Driving Time: 5 minutes

Leopardstown Race Course

Flat and steeplechase racing take place at this historic track, with the Hennessy Gold Cup attracting the crowds in February.

Driving Time: 15 minutes

The Curragh

Horseracing in Ireland is a must, with the most famous course, The Curragh, located 22 miles from our hotel. The biggest events include the 1000 Guineas, St Leger and Irish Derby.

Driving Time: 45 minutes

Harold’s Cross Park

Regular race nights at Dublin’s greyhound track make for a great evening out – with the venue located close to our hotel and the city centre.

Driving Time: 10 minutes

Croke Park

Ireland’s largest stadium is where to get your hit of Gaelic games, including football (referred to as ‘gaah’ by Dubliners) and hurling.

Driving Time: 10 minutes

Cathach Books

There are numerous bookshops in Dublin, but this one stands out for its collection of Irish 20th-century literature, including collectable first editions.

Walking Time: 3 minutes

Louis Copeland

In business for close to a century, Louis Copeland & Sons is Dublin’s answer to a Savile Row tailor. The made-to-measure suits are very well regarded, along with designer mens casualwear.

Walking Time: 3 minutes

Barry Doyle Design Jewellers

This is the go-to Dublin jeweller for a bespoke wedding ring, as well as a pretty range of Celtic-inspired jewellery in semi-precious and precious stones, platinum, gold or silver.

Walking Time: 10 minutes

Brown Thomas

This landmark department store has been setting the style stakes for fashion-conscious Dubliners in the heart of Grafton Street since it opened in 1894.

Walking Time: 5 minutes

Hodges Figgis Bookstore

Hodges Figgis Bookstore – Iconic 4-level bookseller, founded in 1978, featuring many Ireland-centric books, plus other reads. Located on 56-58 Dawson Street it is a must visit bookstore

Walking Time: 10 minutes

Kilkenny Design

Waterford Crystal, Belleek Pottery, Orla Kiely homeware, modern woollens and knitwear are among the Irish design classics on offer in this huge emporium overlooking the grounds of Trinity College.

Walking Time: 10 minutes

Kildare Shopping Outlet

Kildare Shopping Outlet – the designer shopping outlet with a mix of over 90 boutiques of leading brands. A complimentary luxury bus service is now available for the summer months, starting on June 27th to August 31st.

Departing from The Shelbourne Hotel at 9.30am and 12noon 7 days per week, bus returns back to the city at 2pm and 5pm. Service starts at the Shelbourne Hotel, stops at Christ Church and the Guinness Brewery. Space on the bus must be pre-booked with the hotel reception where you will receive your ticket for the bus. On arrival at the Kildare Shopping Outlet, collect your 10% discount card at the VIP Lounge and enjoy the experience.


Best known for its traditional Irish blankets with a contemporary twist, Avoca’s meandering seven-floor store on Suffolk Street is packed with quirky fashion, childrens clothes and toys, as well as an awardwinning café, food hall and rooftop garden.

Walking Time: 12 minutes


This independent temple to high fashion on Castle Street, run by a family of fashion-savvy sisters and their stylish mother, is coveted by Dubliners for its personal service and range of wearable designer labels such as Hoss Intropia, John Smedley and Isabel Marant.

Walking Time: 14 minutes


For all your couture needs, achingly hip Smock sells designer fashion by Vivienne Westwood, APC and Dries Van Noten among others, as well as a desirable selection of vintage jewellery and accessories.

Walking Time: 15 minutes

Louise Kennedy

Internationally renowned for her sophisticated and understated style, Louise Kennedy in Merrion Square is a Dubliner favourite for special occasion and bridal wear.

Walking Time: 10 minutes

Powerscourt Design Centre

This is the place to pick up fashion-forward pieces from emerging Irish designers, established Irish heavyweights such as Philip Treacy and John Rocha, and international fashion houses.

Walking Time: 12 minutes

Fallon & Byrne

Everything tastes great at Fallon & Byrne – a little slice of New York served with a side order of style in Dublin’s Exchequer Street. Dine casually in the light-filled, top-floor restaurant or shop for the best local and international produce in the food hall.

Walking Time: 15 minutes

Fleury Antiques

Here’s where discerning collectors come for serious Irish antiques, Fleury’s large selection including chandeliers, oil paintings, jewellery and period furniture.

Walking Time: 25 minutes

O’Sullivan Antiques

The Dublin outpost of this leading New York-based antique dealers stocks a wide range of fine Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian furniture.

Walking Time: 25 minutes

The Winding Stair

This bookshop and café made its mark in the Seventies as a meeting place for writers and musicians. Today it remains an excellent source of secondhand books and unusual new publications.

Walking Time: 10 minutes


Get CLIFF Fit is a fitness programme originally devised for Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, to encourage daily active fitness in the lives of our staff. The goal was for staff to complete the scenic 4km CLIFF Walk daily and those who reached defined milestones were awarded prizes.

The 2016 CLIFF Walk Challenge saw great success with 80 members taking part, ten of whom did over a 100 4km-long walks throughout the year.

The CLIFF Walk Challenge is now open to our residents in each CLIFF property: Cliff House Hotel, Ardmore, Cliff Townhouse, St Stephen’s Green and Cliff at Lyons, Celbridge.

If you wish to participate, please follow the following steps during your stay:

STEP 1: Sign-in at Reception

STEP 2: Complete four consecutive 1km laps of St Stephens Green and record your walk by taking a selfie at the Wolf Tone Statue and post to our Facebook page. Enter our Facebook monthly draw to be in with a chance to win CLIFF vouchers.

STEP 3: Sign-out at Reception

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