Welcome to Ennis


The town's medieval origins are recalled by its irregular, narrow streets but the most important surviving historical site is Ennis Friary, founded in the 13th century by the O'Briens, kings of Thomond, who also built a castle here in the 13th century. Much of the wooden town went skywards in a 1249 fire and Ennis was then razed by one of the O'Briens in 1306.

Today sights are few, but the town centre, with its narrow, pedestrian-friendly streets, is enjoyable to wander. Handily situated 23km north of Shannon Airport, it makes an ideal base for exploring the county: you can reach any part of Clare in under two hours from here.


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$31.07 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Small-Group Cliffs Of Moher Day Trip from Limerick

Begin the day with pickup from most accommodations in Adare, Limerick, Shannon and Ennis. Alternatively, meet your driver and guide at the Tourist Information Office in Limerick at 9:45am and Ennis 10.30.Make your first stop of the day at Leamanagh Castle, and take a morning refreshment at Caherconnell Fort. Then stop at Poulnabrone Dolmen, an ancient burial site thought to date back to 3800BC. From here, head across the famous Burren region, a unique Limestone landscape that is often compared to a lunar landscape; see breathtaking views across Galway Bay (weather permitting). Make a stop in Ballyvaughen for lunch (own expense).After lunch, drive with your guide along the Wild Atlantic Way, which will take you across the Blackhead Drive, with it's stunning views of Connemara and the Aran Islands. There will be time to stop for a few moments to reflect on this ancient region and admire the flora and scenery.Next is the the highlight of our tour: the majestic Cliffs of Moher along the spectacular Wild Atlantic Way. Here, take in awesome views from the cliffs, which rise 702 feet (approximately 214 mt) from the ocean. There will be ample time for photos. Here you can take an optional Atlantic Edge Tour (included in price) or simply enjoy a coffee.On leaving the cliffs, drive by the villages of Liscannor and Lahinch on the return journey to Ennis and Limerick.

$1898.83 Cultural & Theme Tours

Explorer Series 8-Day Guided Burren, Aran & Connemara Walk

Day 1: Your holiday begins in the cultural city of Galway – a city that thrives both on a fascinating and historical past & a traditional & proudly Irish present.  Your Guide will meet you at 16.00 hours in the centre of Galway, and then a courtesy transfer by minivan takes you to your holiday start location on the southern shores of Connemara. Day 2: Connemara Walk - Your first walk is a wonderful introduction to the beauty of Connemara and the contrasts of bogland & beach that makes this part of Ireland so enthralling.  After your full Irish breakfast and with your picnic lunch in your backpack your walk will begin. Walk Details – Distance: Up to 17kms. Day 3: Connemara National Park - Driving a short distance, you reach the little village of Letterfrack and Connemara National Park.  Here, you will have time to enjoy the Visitor Centre, where you may wish to learn more about the formation of this fascinating landscape & its early settlers. Walk Details – Distance: Up to 14kms.Day 4: Inishmore Arrival - Today you transfer to Galway Bay & reach the largest of the Aran Islands and Inishmore where you will spend your next 2 nights.  Taking a small ferry from Galway, your crossing takes approx. 1 hour.   Walk Details – Distance: Up to 9kms.Day 5: Inishmore Hike - Today you will have the opportunity to discover Inish Mor in all its glory.  Leaving your accommodation, and overlooking the southern shores of the island, you reach the centre of Inishmor at Kilmurvey. Walk Details – Distance: Up to 19kms. Day 6: Ballyvaughan Hike - Leaving the island this morning, you return to the mainland and drive south, around Galway Bay to reach the Burren.  This is a completely different & contrasting landscape to Connemara & also boasts one of the most diverse arrays of flowers that any keen botanist would wish to find. Walk Details – Distance: Up to 17kms. Day 7: Cliffs of Moher - Walking from your accommodation in Doolin, you walk south to reach the foothills of the Cliffs of Moher.  Climbing gradually, you can see the lower levels and layering of rock formations that continue to climb to their 300mt wall of beauty.  Reaching the Visitor Centre you may wish to learn more on the formation of the cliffs, or just enjoy some light refreshments there. Walk Details – Distance: Up to 15kms. Day 8: Departure - After your final and substantial Irish Breakfast, you will be taken by minivan to reach the bus & train station in Ennis.  From here, you can then avail of the excellent bus/train service to all major airports, cities & ferry ports in Ireland.  Your estimated arrival time to Ennis is approx. 10.30am.  Please note that Ennis is approx. 20 mins (drive time) from Shannon Airport.

$51.79 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Visit Cliffs of Moher, Inisheer & a cruise around the Cliffs

Discover and Enjoy the beauties of the West Coast of Co. Clare. Enjoy a unforgettable trip to the Aran Islands-Inisheer, sail around the vast Cliffs of Moher and enjoy the views from the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre • Relax and Enjoy been collected from your hotel and driven to West of Clare • Enjoy your guided tour to Doolin Co. Clare • Sail out to the smallest Aran Island Inisheer • Enjoy time on the island where you can walk or bike and grab some lunch. • Sail back from the Island under the magnificent Cliffs of Moher • Arrive at  Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre • Great-value tour includes entrance fees and round-trip transport from Ennis, Shannon Or Bunratty

$23.02 Cultural & Theme Tours

PRIVATE Ennis Tour

A meeting point will be arranged prior to the tour either at the O'Connell Statue located at the top of O'Connell street in Ennis, OR at your hotel. Your experienced tour guide, Ollie Gleeson, will be give a brief introduction to what will be happening.  Your tour has 3 options: Walking & Culture Tour Walking Tour Only Irish Culture Workshop Only Option 1. You set off on your unique journey through Ennis. After a couple stops, including the famous 13th century Abbey, you will be brought indoors and the 'Irish Culture Workshop" will begin. During this workshop, you will get the opportunity to learn about Irish language (Gaelic), Song,  and Irish Sport. You will be given the chance to learn new skills that you will have forever and create true memories of your time in Ireland.  Equipped with your new knowledge of Irish Culture, you will set off for the rest of your guided tour, stopping at the some of the hidden landmarks in Ennis. Find out how the Irish lived their lives and who were the people that would change history forever. Option 2. The same walking tour excluding the Irish Culture Workshop. Option 3. The Irish Culture Workshop excluding the walking tour.

$11.51 Cultural & Theme Tours

Ennis Walking Tour

Meeting at the O'Connell Statue located at the top of O'Connell street in Ennis town center, you'll be met by your experienced tour guide. You will be given a brief introduction and will be ready to begin your tour.  Ollie offers entertaining walking tours of Ennis and is well-known for his humorous style of tour. Departing from O'Connell Statue, set off on your unique journey through Ennis.  Learn about Daniel O’Connell’s struggle to free the Catholics and discover what happened when Ennis locals stood up against their landlord! We take a visit to the famous 13th-century Ennis Abbey and find out what monks did to pass their time! Find out how a prison escapee, who was linked to the town, became the President of Ireland and uncover the mosy hidden gems of historic Ennis. Hear stories of the town, passed on from generations of Ollie’s Family and uncover 800 years of history on this A ward-Winning 1hr 15 min tour of Ennis.