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THE CLIFFS OF MOHER - CLIFFS IN IRELAND

One of Ireland’s favourite visitor experiences, the Cliffs of Moher tower over the rugged west Clare coast.  Walk the safe, paved pathways and view the famous Cliffs on Europe’s western frontier and enjoy the spectacular vistas over the Atlantic Ocean and the Aran Islands.   Their natural beauty has inspired artists, musicians, and poets for generations, as well as absorbing scientists and geologists, drawn by the unique landscape in which they sit.  The Cliffs of Moher, the most famous cliffs in Ireland, will leave you awestruck, creating memories that will stay with you forever.

  • The Visitor Centre, itself sculpted from the landscape, hosts informative and entertaining permanent exhibits in its extensive gallery space and auditorium.
  • Visit the on-site theatre and experience an exhilarating virtual-reality cliff-face adventure.
  • The Cliffs of Moher has featured in classic movies like The Princess Bride and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
  • The Cliffs of Moher was a ‘tourist attraction’ before that phrase was even heard of. In the early 19th century, the then landowner, Cornelius O’Brien, parliamentarian, and proud Clare man, built O’Brien’s Tower so that the expansive cliff views across the Atlantic Ocean from Liscannor Bay to Galway Bay could be fully appreciated. This paved the way for today’s centre to be the top visitor attraction in Ireland and on the Wild Atlantic Way.
  • It is now part of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark supporting sustainable tourism and has been a special protected area for birds and wildlife since 1979, home to 35 different species of birds.  Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience is a proud member of the Burren Ecotourism Network.

See for yourself what has drawn people for over two centuries, it will stir your senses and fill your soul.

Admission includes access to all areas, secure car parking, wi-fi, access to the interactive Cliffs exhibition and water refill stations. In addition, there are two cafes, a craft & gift store and a craft and retail street on the left as you walk out of visitor centre, toilets, first aid centre, information points, baggage storage, free app and audio guide. Binoculars and picnic blankets available on request and “lifts of Moher” mobility vehicle. Admission price contributes to conservation of the area.

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Why are the Cliffs of Moher one of Ireland’s top tourist attractions?

  • An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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    The Cliffs rise to 702 feet (214 m) at their highest point and range for 8 kms (5 miles) over the Atlantic ocean. The sheer scale and dramatic impact of the cliffs never cease to amaze and delight in equal measure. Whatever the weather conditions, the Cliffs provide an amazing visual experience.

  • Puffin at the Cliffs

    A Protected Haven for Wildlife

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    The Cliffs are a special protection area (SPA) for seabirds with over 20 species represented. Every year we welcome over 30,000 breeding pairs including guillemots, falcons, razorbills, kittiwakes, peregrine, and the cute puffins. The Cliffs of Moher are also home to many rare flora including cat’s-ear and sea pink.

  • A UNESCO Global Geopark

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    The Cliffs are part of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark. It supports people and organisations to work together to ensure a cared-for landscape, a better-understood heritage, more sustainable tourism, a vibrant community, and strengthened livelihoods and works with the Burren Ecotourism Network.

  • The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre

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    The eco friendly visitor centre nestles into the hillside minimising the visual impact on this fabulous scenic location. The Cliffs exhibition brings the story of the cliffs to life. There are great food options available, on the ground floor is the Puffin’s Nest Café while Cliffs View Café is on the 1st floor.

  • Getting Here

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    The Cliffs in Ireland are located on the west coast, 65 km (40 miles) from Shannon International Airport, the cities of Limerick and Galway are both just over 70 kms (43 miles) away.

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    Book your ticket online in advance of your visit to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience.

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  • Plan Your Visit

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    Allow up to 2 hours for your visit. Don’t just pass through - stay overnight in one of the local towns or villages to make the most of your visit and enjoy the local culture and the wonderful food and drink produced in the Burren.

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The Burren awaits you....

The Burren has been welcoming visitors since the early 1850s. It is a place of tradition, of music, of adventure and of great local food. It is where the Atlantic meets Europe, its ferocity matched by its richness and its fertile rock. The vast, moon-like Burren in the County Clare is one of Ireland’s most compelling landscapes. When you come to North Clare and stay, you will see why the locals cherish and protect this award-winning destination and will leave you wishing you stayed longer.

The Geopark and Local Businesses

Great things happen when we work together. The Burren and Cliffs of Moher region has been a UNESCO Global Geopark since 2011; a recognition of its geological and cultural importance and its conservation and sustainable ethos.  The Burren Ecotourism Network is a vibrant group of local tourism businesses that champion sustainable tourism and conservation. Together we have forged the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark into an internationally recognised sustainable tourism destination.  The Cliffs of Moher is both an important Geopark conservation site and a proud member of the Burren Ecotourism Network. Learn More

The Best of Clare

On the Wild Atlantic Way on the West Coast of Ireland, County Clare provides an exciting choice of activities for tourists coming from Ireland and abroad. The Burren Ecotourism Network were winners of the 2021 Lonely Planet “Best in Travel” award for Community Tourism.

See and enjoy all the things Clare has to offer.


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Liscannor, Ireland
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View beyongd O'Brien's Tower

Natural Wonder of the World

Nature’s wonders surround you at the Cliffs of Moher.

Whether it be the cliffs themselves carved by time, ocean and weather into fantastic shapes and formations, the mighty Atlantic ocean or the birds, plants and other wildlife that inhabit the cliffs and the sea there are plenty of natural wonders to enjoy here.

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Virtual Tours

Be Taken on an inspirational journey along the Cliffs of Moher.
360 degree immersive media gives you a virtual prelude to the real-world first class experience that awaits you!

Google 360 image inside the Visitor Centre

App and Audio Guide

The Cliffs of Moher app contains an audio-guided tour, with audio tracks from the locals, information on all aspects of the Cliffs, maps, and all information to make your trip to the cliffs of Moher memorable. There are also tips on planning your visit, the best time to arrive, as well as other places and things to explore in county Clare. The Cliffs of Moher App aims to educate, enthrall, entertain, and ensure that you get the most from your visit. There are also promotional offers and notices of upcoming events.  The App and Audio will be available in other languages in the coming months.

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One of Ireland’s most famous sights, the Cliffs of Moher are entirely vertical and the cliff edge is abrupt. On a clear day the views are tremendous, with the Aran Islands etched on the waters of Galway Bay. From the cliff edge you can just hear the booming far below as the waves crash and gnaw at the soft shale and sandstone.

With a due-west exposure, sunset is the best time to visit.

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