We have listed the categories for our most frequently asked questions on this page. Please browse through these list first, and if you still haven’t found an answer to your question, don’t hesitate to get in touch on the Contact Us page. You might also find more information on our News page and Plan Your Visit pages where we share lots of information.

The Categories are:- Children; Parking, Shopping, Booking Tickets Online, The Cliffs of Moher, What to Bring (or not to bring)

Children

Can I bring a buggy?

Yes, there are hard surface paths to all areas that are buggy friendly.

Is there a discount for children?

It’s even better than that. Kids under 16 go free to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience when accompanied by a parent or guardian. An adult can be accompanied by a maximum of four children under 16. This promotion does not included groups of children under 16.

Are there baby changing facilities?

The baby changing facilities are located on the ground floor in the accessible toilet.

Are there child meals available from the cafes at the Cliffs of Moher?

Yes there are a number of child friendly options available in both the Puffins Next café on the ground floor and the Cliffs View Café on the first floor. High chairs are available in the Cliffs View Café.

Is it safe to bring children to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience?

The designated viewing areas are completely safe. Of course, it is important just like in any other public place that adults supervise the children they have brought with them. It is not permitted for safety reason to allow children to climb on the grass roof of the building.

Parking

Can I park on the cliffs side of the road?

The main car park is on the opposite side of the road from the cliffs. Access to the cliffs side of the road is only available for cars with a disabled parking permit and coaches.

Are there disabled parking spaces available?

There are 5 disabled parking spaces on the cliffs side of the road and 6 more in the main – carpark on the other side of the road at the closest point to the pedestrian crossing.

I bought my tickets online, where do I park?

If you have a voucher for an online booking, please make your way to the car park and give the attendant in the cabin your voucher. They will issue you with your admission tickets.

Can I pay for Parking without paying for the Visitor Centre?

No, the admission charge is an inclusive charge and there is no separate charge for parking.

Shopping

What can I buy at the craft and gift shops at the Cliffs of Moher?

There are six craft shops outside the visitor centre selling a variety of items including knitwear, jewellery, crafts items, music, t-shirts and lots of locally made souvenirs. Inside the visitor centre the main gift shop has a wide range of high quality souvenir items. There is also an official merchandise area selling Cliffs of Moher guidebooks and educational books, busker CDs, surfing and wildlife DVDs, branded clothing and other items.

Is there an online shop?

The main gift shop in the visitor centre is operated by Shannon Heritage. Their Online shop is available at www.shannonirishdesignstore.com.

O’Dalaigh Jewellers online shop is available at www.celticimpressions.com

Booking Tickets Online

I bought my tickets online, where do I park?

If you have a voucher for an online booking, please make your way to the car park and give the attendant in the cabin your voucher. They will issue you with your admission tickets.

Can I book a group online?

No, groups of 10+ can be booked by contacting our Bookings Department by emailing bookings@cliffsofmoher.ie.

How long is the online ticket valid for?

It is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.

The Cliffs of Moher

How high are the Cliffs of Moher?

At the highest point, just north of O’Brien’s Tower, they reach 214 metres or 702 feet high.

How old are the Cliffs of Moher?

The cliffs were formed in the Upper Carboniferous Period, 319 million years ago.

How did the Cliffs of Moher get their name?

The word “Mothar” means ruined fort in ancient Gaelic. A fort from the 1st century BC stood at Hags Head where Moher Tower now stands and this is what gave the Cliffs their name.

Is there a tour of the Cliffs of Moher?

The Cliffs and the exhibition are self-guided. There is a free Cliffs of Moher audio guide for apple and android devices that can be downloaded before your visit. Available in English, German, French and Irish, this easy to navigate audio guide is packed with features that takes you through the site in 12 chapters. Download App for Ios or Android.

On entry to the car park you will get your admission ticket and an information leaflet and map, available in 15 different languages. You then cross the road to the left and walk across to the Visitor centre (approximately 5minutes walk). You may view the exhibition in the Visitor Centre. The main viewing platform is approximately three minutes beyond the visitor centre.

Are there toilets onsite?

Yes, all the facilities are located in the Visitor Centre building. There are unisex toilets on the ground floor, Ladies & Gents toilets on the first floor, and accessible toilets on both floors of the Visitor Centre. Baby changing facilities are on the ground floor.  At peak times additional unisex toilets are open in the carpark on the opposite side of the road from the Cliffs.

What if it is foggy and I can’t see the Cliffs?

You will be advised of the visibility when entering the Cliffs and can choose to visit later if you wish. Unfortunately, the Cliffs of Moher has no control over the weather and cannot offer discounts. If you decide to buy your admission ticket you may use the Visitor Centre and view our exhibition. If you are staying in the area you can reuse your tickets in the following 24 hours in the case of foggy conditions.

Can I stay for sunset?

Yes, the exit barrier in the carpark will lift automatically after visitor centre closing hours.

How long can I stay?

There is no limit to parking within the day. After the Visitor centre closes you may remain onsite; the barrier will open automatically after office hours. Some units within the centre and O’Brien’s Tower may close earlier than the main visitor centre closing time.

Can I see the Cliffs if I am using a wheelchair?

Yes, the centre is fully wheelchair accessible. The best view for those in a wheelchair is from the exit from the first floor. There is a lift to the first floor. Wheelchairs are also available to borrow, ask at reception.

What to Bring (or Not to Bring)

Can I have a picnic?

Yes, Picnic tables are provided in front of the centre and also outside the door of the upper level from the Cliffs View Cafe. You may also take a picnic with you on your walk to the Cliffs, but remember to use the bins provided outside the Visitor Centre. Help us protect our environment by leaving no trace of your visit and bring your rubbish back from the cliff edge.

Can I bring a buggy?

Yes, there are hard surface paths to all areas that are buggy friendly. However, please note that the Cliffs Coastal Trail is not suitable for buggies nor for children under the age of twelve.

What should I wear?

Check the weather conditions before coming and be aware that weather conditions can change. It is a good idea to a have rainproof jacket. Good footwear suitable for walking is also advisable. Umbrellas are not recommended as when it rains it is often too windy to use an umbrella.

I want to do some bird watching – what should I bring?

While we have coin operated telescopes onsite, a good pair of binoculars is always useful.

What else should I bring?

Whatever you do, DO NOT forget your camera.

Wildlife

When and where can I see Puffins at the Cliffs of Moher?

Puffins arrive at the Cliffs at the end of March and stay till mid July. The best months to see them are May and June. The viewing area to the left (South Platform) is the very best spot to view Puffins as they nest on Goat Island which can be seen from here.

Where do Puffins nest?

They nest in burrows on grassy slopes, just like rabbits.

What are the birds on the Great Sea Stack?

There are different birds at different levels – Fulmars are nesting nearest to the top of the cliffs, Kittiwakes nest at the next level down in messy nests. Guillemots and Razorbills nest on the bare stone ledges a little lower down again. Shags can often be seen on the flat platform at the bottom of the stack.  HINT look for the white coloured parts of the cliffs – that’s where you will find the birds.  The white colour is from their droppings!

How many seabirds nest at the Cliffs of Moher?

Over 30,000 pairs of nesting seabirds can be found here in the nesting season.

I’m coming in the winter – what birds are here all year round?

Fulmars, Peregrine Falcons, Choughs, Ravens.

What animals can I see on the clifftops?

If you are lucky you may see some of the herd of feral (wild) goats that live on the cliffs. You may also see an Irish Hare in the fields or roads around the cliffs.  Badgers and foxes can also be seen from time to time although they are quite shy of humans.

What creatures can I see in the ocean?

Dolphins and basking sharks are seen fairly often. Grey seals can also be seen at the foot of the cliffs from time to time. During the autumn you may see minke or humpback whales passing the cliffs on their migration paths.  In fine weather you may see an enormous Sunfish basking on the top of the water.

Can I feed the birds?

Please do not feed any of the birds, wildlife or livestock.

Who do the cows belong to?

There are lots of local farmers who own land along the Cliffs of Moher and many of them have herds of cows grazing by the cliffs.

Can I bring my dog to the Cliffs of Moher?

Dogs on leads are welcome within the visitor centre grounds.  However, because the Cliffs Coastal Walk goes through farmland with livestock by agreement with the landowners no dogs are permitted on the trail outside of the grounds of the visitor centre.

In common with other buildings in Ireland open to the public dog are not permitted inside the visitor centre building unless they are registered guide or support dogs.

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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24th September 2017

Book your ticket online to guarantee entry

The Cliffs can be really busy - book your tickets online to be sure of entry and visit after 4pm for a better experience.

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