What to do when at Ballymaloe House Hotel

Things to do on the grounds, in the locality & in Cork

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On The Grounds

Art Gallery

There are several art & photography exhibitions held throughout the year in both Ballymaloe House & Ballymaloe Grainstore.

Ballymaloe Shop & Café

The Ballymaloe Café serves delicious café-style lunches & mouth watering homemade cakes. Open every day from 10am to 5pm. Facebook The Cafe at the end of the shop

Children's Play Equipment

We have a slide, sandpit & plenty of board games to keep children entertained during their stay.

Complimentary behind the scenes 'Walks & Talks'

We are delighted to offer our residents some complimentary 'behind the scenes' experiences available during your stay. Book early on arrival, places are limited.

I.e.: Biodiversity with our groundsman, House & Family History, Floral Design, Wine Cellar Tour, Walled Garden Tour.


There is a croquet lawn in front of the house which is always popular on dry days with both children & adults. It is free for residents to use, you will find croquet mallets & balls in a little box beside the lawn.


There are several bikes of various sizes that are free for guests to use. Children are welcome to cycle around the farm & through the woods.

Make Irish Soda Bread with our Baker

Step into the kitchen & roll up your sleeves, you can learn the secrets of Ballymaloe bread baking!


A fun, beginners Pilates dance class to tone your body & lose inches. €50 for a six week course, contact Lindsay to discuss a drop in rate.

Summer Swimming Pool

The outdoor swimming pool is filled as soon as the weather gets warm enough - usually sometime in May & emptied when it gets too chilly to swim - usually in late September.


The relaxed, outdoor tennis court is located between the swimming pool & woodlands. No need to book a space, use it as you wish.

The Ballymaloe Shop

The Ballymaloe Shop is located at Ballymaloe House. here you will find a range of Irish designer crafts, wool blankets & scarves, cook books, kitchen accessories, bakeware, kitchenware & lots more.

Walk Our Grounds and Visit the Ballymaloe Farm

Pick up a map of our Ballymaloe woodland walks & farmland from reception and visit the farm animals. We have several pigs on the farm and if you are lucky there will be litter of baby piglets (which are particularly cute), amongst the herd during your stay.


There are many nice walks around the Ballymaloe gardens, woodlands & farm, these are all marked on a detailed map which is available at reception.

Wine Events

We also hold regular wine events throughout the year when wine experts and producers from around the world give talks & tastings.


Fusion Yoga with Alison Faith combines a variety of Yoga styles with relaxation & well being techniques in a carefully selected blend (like great coffee!) to liberate, recharge & empower your whole system!