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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 Pub Food in Kilfenora

Vaughan's Pub

A pub with a big reputation in Irish music circles, there's seafood, traditional foods and local produce feature on the menu. Have a pint under the big tree out front. There's music in the bar every night during the…
Top Choice Pub Food in Lisdoonvarna

Roadside Tavern

Down by the river, this pub is pure craic: third-generation owner Peter Curtin knows every story worth telling. There are trad sessions daily in summer and during the weekends in winter. The fun extends to the kitch…
Top Choice Cafe in Killaloe & Ballina

Wooden Spoon

In a narrow passage just up from the waterfront, this popular bakery and cafe offers up Med-flavoured fare in a colourful setting that brings a gentle splash of vibrancy to Bridge St. Expect pavlovas, flapjacks, tif…
Top Choice Seafood in Carrigaholt

Long Dock

This terrific pub has a seriously excellent kitchen, along with stone walls and floors, a sunny welcome and a warm fire. Stunning seafood is the order of the day – you'll see the purveyors out working in the estuary…
Top Choice Seafood in Liscannor & Around

Vaughan's Anchor Inn

Noted for its excellent seafood (yes to the scallops and halibut), Vaughan's packs 'em in – and out. When it rains, you can settle in the nautical-themed pub by a peat fire, when it shines (sometimes 15 minutes late…
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 …
Top Choice Seafood in New Quay

Linnane's Lobster Bar

Fresh seafood sourced from the trap-covered docks behind the restaurant are the hallmark of this casual, compartmentalised restaurant with views over the water. It's also famous for oysters and platters of house-smo…