Attractions

Top Choice Church in Ennis

Ennis Friary

North of the Square this friary was founded by Donnchadh Cairbreach O'Brien, a king of Thomond, between 1240 and 1249. A mix of structures dating between the 13th and 19th centuries, the friary has a graceful five-s…
Top Choice Gardens in Kilrush

Vandeleur Walled Garden

This stunning 'lost' garden was the private domain of the wealthy Vandeleur family – merchants and landowners who engaged in harsh evictions and forced emigration of local people in the 19th century. The gardens lie…
Top Choice Museum in Carron

Burren Perfumery & Floral Centre

The wildflowers of the Burren are the inspiration for the subtle scents at this excellent diversion. There's an audiovisual presentation on the flora of the Burren, which has a surprising diversity, including many f…
Top Choice Smokehouse in Lisdoonvarna

Burren Smokehouse

Learn about the ancient Irish art of oak-smoking salmon from a video at the Burren Smokehouse. Tasty smoked salmon and other fishies in myriad forms are offered for free tasting. Good coffee, tea and deli-type food …
Historic Site in Corofin

Dysert O'Dea

You can feel the past as you navigate the narrow tracks with grass in the middle to Dysert O'Dea, where St Tola founded a monastery in the 8th century. The church and high cross, the White Cross of St Tola, date fro…
Castle in Bunratty

Bunratty Castle & Folk Park

Square, hulking and imposing Bunratty Castle is only the latest of several edifices to occupy its location beside the River Ratty. Vikings founded a settlement here in the 10th century, and later occupants included …
Archaeological Site in The Burren

Poulnabrone Dolmen

Also known as the Portal Tomb, Poulnabrone Dolmen is one of Ireland's most photographed ancient monuments. The dolmen (a large slab perched on stone uprights) stands amid a swathe of rocky pavements, surprising even…
Ruins in The Burren

Corcomroe Abbey

Moody and evocative (except when the tour buses jam the narrow road out front), this former Cistercian abbey is 1.5km inland from Bell Harbour, in a quiet green hollow, surrounded by the stark grey Burren hillsides.…
Historic Site in Ennis

Knappogue Castle & Walled Garden

About 3km southeast of Quin is stately Knappogue Castle & Walled Garden, built in 1467 by the MacNamaras, who held sway over a large part of Clare from the 5th to mid-15th centuries and, like early fast-food fra…
Castle in Ennis

Craggaunowen

In woodland around 6km southeast of Quin, peaceful Craggaunowen includes recreated ancient Celtic farms, dwellings such as a crannóg (artificial island), a 5th-century ring fort, plus real artefacts including a 2000…