At the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience we are committed to making a visit as accessible as possible and to the idea of Access for all. For all visitors but especially those with a disability that planning their visit is very important.

Parking Accessibility

It can get very busy at the Cliffs of Moher and some visitors may wish to avoid the busiest times as the visitor centre can become crowded and noisy. Mornings, before 11am and evenings, after 4pm are the quietest time of day all year round. During the Winter it tends to be quiet most days.

There are discounted rates available for visitors with disabilities. Please see the Tickets and Pricing page for information.

When you arrive at the Cliffs of Moher by car please go to the correct parking location:

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If you have a disabled permit on your car:
You can park in one of the disabled parking spaces. There are 5 disabled parking spaces in front of the visitor centre on the same side of the road as the Cliffs. These are the closest car spaces to the visitor centre and Cliffs. After parking please go in to the visitor centre to buy your tickets. There are only 5 spaces here so we are sorry if they are already full. There are an extra 6 disabled parking spaces in the main car park on the opposite side of the road at the point closest to the pedestrian crossing.

If you do not have a disabled permit on your car:
Pass the visitor centre and coach entrance on your left and the pedestrian crossing. You will see the car park entrance on your right. Turn in to the right and join one of the lanes to enter the car park. At the cabin buy your tickets from the person inside and after the barrier rises drive to the other end of the car park which is the closest point to the pedestrian crossing. Bring your tickets with you when you leave the car.

Our staff have attended training in Customer Service, Vision & Values, Protection of Children & Vulnerable Adults, Disability Awareness and Autism Awareness. If you would like to call for advice or information please call us on +353 65-7086141 or email info@cliffsofmoher.ie.

To assist you with preparing for your visit we have prepared a series of downloadable information sheets in PDF format which can be downloaded from the Related Documents section.

Visitor Centre Accessibility

The visitor center building has been designed to meet and exceed current building regulations and guidelines. Within the Cliffs Exhibition all visitors use the ramp which provides access to the exhibits, which have been designed to appeal to all of the senses. 

Included among the measures taken within the building are Induction loops at the main reception and gift shop areas as well as in the theatre. Staggered counter heights have been installed at reception areas. Generously sized accessible toilets/baby changing facilities are provided on both floors. 

The visitor centre building is fully accessible. Wheelchairs available on loan from the reception desk in the Visitor Centre.

On entering the building visitors should give time to adjust their eyes as it is often darker inside the building than outside, especially on a sunny day. This is because the visitor centre building is underground and there is little natural light. You should also be aware that the floor throughout the building is made of the local stone – Liscannor slate – and the surface is naturally uneven. This can make it a little bit more bumpy than usual for a wheelchair user.

The Cliffs Exhibition contains lots of different exhibits like touch screen panels, several movies, story boards, and a kids play area with a submarine and mermaid game. The exhibits give information about how the Cliffs were formed, the geology, the seabirds and other wildlife and the story of humans at the Cliffs over the years. There is also a movie called the Clare Journey which lasts just over 10 minutes that shows an aerial tour of County Clare set to music. There is no spoken part of this movie. There are some wooden steps that act as seating in front the large Clare Journey screen if you want to stop and enjoy the movie. It runs on a continuous loop.

The Ledge is a virtual reality movie shown in the audio visual theatre. There is room for wheelchair users to come to the front and many visitors also like to stand near the front to get the full impact of the movie. There is a drop from the front of the theatre down onto the floor screen so be careful as you approach. There is also some benches for people who prefer to sit. The movie is a virtual reality adventure and follows different creatures on their journey all over the cliff face and below the water. Some people find the motion of the screen makes them feel a little dizzy and if this is the case it is better to move further away from the screens as this will reduce the overall effect. Lighting in the theatre are low so allow time when you enter for your eyes to adjust. The exit is on the other side of the back wall from the entrance. Hearing aid loops (induction loops) are in operation in the Ledge theatre. The Ledge is just over 4 minutes long and it is on a continuous loop. Watch it as many times as you like. When you exit the theatre you return to the ramp and can continue to the top to exit the Cliffs Exhibition. This will bring you to the first floor of the visitor centre building.

A large print version of the visitor onsite information leaflet and map, the O’Brien’s Tower information sheet and the Exhibition guide are available at reception. A text version of the voiced video in the exhibition is available at reception.  A human guide for the exhibition and/or a sign language interpreter is available on request for group bookings. Please contact our bookings department at least two weeks ahead of your groups visit to request a human guide or a sign language interpreter.

As well as the ramp there is also a lift from the lobby on the ground floor to the first floor of the visitor centre.

The Cliffs View Café on the first floor of the centre with 100 seats and views out over the Cliffs and Liscannor Bay. The Café uses lots of local ingredients and can provide vegetarian, gluten free and other dishes for special dietary requirements. It is a great place to enjoy lunch or a snack after a visit to the Cliffs and family members who do not want to walk too far can relax there while waiting for the more energetic members of the group.

To assist you with preparing for your visit we have prepared a series of downloadable information sheets in PDF format which can be downloaded from the Related Documents section of this page or by clicking on the links below.

 

Related Documents:

Ground Floor.pdf (335.4 KB)
First Floor.pdf (908.6 KB)
Cliffs Exhibition.pdf (263.0 KB)

 

Related Videos:

Outdoor Accessibility

The Cliffs are accessible by wheelchair to the main viewing area. The natural lie of the land makes it difficult to provide wheelchair access to all areas outdoors. Access to the main viewing area is available from both the ground and first floor levels of the building as well as from the main concourse. Coin operated telescopes, including an accessible reduced height version, on the viewing areas provide a spoken commentary in a variety of language.

Access to the Hags Head viewing area and O’Briens Tower is quite steep. A hard surfaced wheeled access path is provided to these areas but at times the path has sections which have been damaged by storms and have uneven surfaces in parts. Visitors in wheelchairs may wish to use these paths with assistance at their own risk.

O’Brien’s Tower is a listed historic building and there is no lift to the viewing area on the roof. An old fashioned spiral staircase is used to reach the first floor and the viewing area on the roof. This is a narrow staircase and may not be suitable for users with limited mobility.

There is often a Ranger or Rangers on patrol on the cliff edge viewing areas. Please feel free to ask them for assistance or advice on the best viewing points.

Please note that the Coastal Walk from the cliffs to Doolin or Liscannor is not wheelchair accessible. Nor is it suitable for those with restricted mobility. It is not recommended for children under 12.

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Website Accessibility

The site follows certain guidelines and standards to ensure that this site can be used effectively and as easily as possible by all users.

Main images can be turned off by clicking on the Images Off button in the top right hand corner below the top menu bar. Font can be increased in size by clicking on the A+ button in the top right hand corner below the top menu bar.

If you have any problems using this site for any reason, please contact us and let us know.
This site aims to comply to conformance level Double-A of the W3 Organisation: https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG10/

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, including all Priority 1 and Priority 2 checkpoints defined in the Guidelines. Conformance to the Guidelines will help to make the web site more accessible to users with disabilities and will benefit all users. These guidelines are supported by the Government of Ireland and the European Commission (EC). This web site also conforms to XHTML and CSS specifications.

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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22nd October 2017

CLOSED Saturday 21st October

ORANGE weather warning in place all day. Do not visit, it is unsafe and extremely dangerous. Come on Sunday 22nd instead when we plan to reopen as normal.

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