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Top Choice Seafood in Clifden


Seafood from the surrounding waters takes centre stage at this elegant spot, from lunchtime sandwiches such as smoked mackerel and velvety chowder through to its standout Connemara platter (available at both lunch a…
Deli in Clifden

Connemara Hamper

Irish farmhouse cheeses, Connemara smoked salmon, pâtés, dips, jams, chutneys, savoury ready-to-eat dishes such as chicken-and-leek pies and sweet treats including cakes and biscuits from this terrific deli make ide…
Historic Site in Clifden

Derrigimlagh Discovery Point

Crystal radio sets let you listen to recordings from the 1907 station established by Guglielmo Marconi – where the world’s earliest transatlantic wireless messages were transmitted – on this scenic 5km loop walk thr…
Museum in Clifden

Station House Museum

Located in a former train shed, this small but absorbing museum has displays on the local ponies and pivotal aspects of Clifden's history, including the Galway to Clifden Connemara Railway (in service from 1895 to 1…
Museum in Clifden

Connemara Heritage & History Centre

Farmer Dan O'Hara lived here in the 1840s until his eviction from the farm and subsequent emigration to New York, where he ended up selling matches on the street. Its present owners have restored the property, turni…
Cafe in Clifden

Steam Cafe

Sky-blue and lime-green tables brighten the pavement outside this cafe hidden in the former train station courtyard, while inside, natural light streams in through floor-to-ceiling windows. Along with Clifden's best…
Irish in Clifden

Off the Square

Surf meets turf on the menu of this busy town-centre bistro. Full Irish all-day breakfasts and casual lunches (smoked salmon on soda bread; Irish stew) give way to more complex meals at night featuring fish from Cli…
Glass in Clifden

Connemara Blue

Glass coasters, wall panels, plates, bowls, vases and sculptures in traditional and contemporary designs are made on site at this atelier/gallery. Learn how to create pieces yourself on glass-making courses (€25/75 …
Pub in Clifden

Lowry's Bar

A time-worn local, third generation-run Lowry's has céilidh sessions at least a couple of nights a week (nightly from Easter to October) and a 100-strong whiskey collection.
Books in Clifden

Clifden Bookshop

Local history, memoirs, Irish literature and plant and wildlife guides are among the titles at this well-stocked bookshop, along with maps and children's books.