How to get the best out of your visit to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience?
We are welcoming visitors back again and it is so wonderful to see people enjoying the fabulous cliffs and magnificent views. All outdoor areas are currently open to those living in county Clare. We hope to be able to re-open the Visitor Centre fully from the 4th May (dependent upon Government guidelines). We remain hopefully inter-county travel will allowed from June onwards, we will keep you up to date will all changes on our website over the coming months. Our site is fully Covid-19 compliant with all safety measures in place to ensure the safety of all our visitors and staff.
We recommend spending a minimum of two hours at the Cliffs of Moher, though many visitors choose to spend a little longer. Book your ticket(s) online now in advance, save time and hassle when you get to the car park.
Be sure to walk and take in the views from both North and South platforms. The Cliffs of Moher are the highest sea cliffs in County Clare and a key discovery point on the Wild Atlantic Way.
South of the visitor’s centre, there is a beautiful old stone tower from the Napoleonic Wars called Hag’s Head. To the north, O’Brien’s Tower marks the highest point of the cliffs. It is just a short walk away from the visitor’s centre and offers the best views in both directions. Climb to the top or chat with one of tour guides and learn so much more about the history of the tower and its owner Cornelius O’Brien.
- Visitor Centre: The centre has lots to offer, from 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. For the little ones visit the kids interactive play area.
- Climb O’Brien’s Tower: The most famous landmark—near the entrance to the visitor’s centre—is O’Brien’s Tower. This lookout point was built in the 19th century by Cornelius O’Brien.
- Take in the breath-taking views: From the tower and the surrounding areas along the cliffs, visitors can see the Aran Islands, to the north to the Twelve Bens, one of Ireland’s highest mountain ranges and to the south the coasts of Kerry.
- Marvel at wildlife: The Cliffs of Moher are designated as Special Protected Area. Some of the wildlife you may see include kittiwakes, peregrine falcons, and puffins who cling to the windswept cliff faces, as well as whales and dolphins swimming at the base.
- Lifts of Moher: if any members of your party have trouble walking to the platforms, we have an electric vehicle with experienced guides to transport you around the site.
- Liscannor stone: take a moment to look at the stone walls and paths, hewn from stone quarried close by with intricate patterns laid down millions of years.
- Buskers: take a moment to listen to the many talented buskers on site bring you the authentic sound of Ireland and particularly County Clare.
- Cliff Conversations: You will spot friendly knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides dotted on the pathways, they are here to answer any questions you might have on history, geology, folklore and so much more.
- For the film buffs make sure to check out Ail na Searrach, the Cliffs to north of O’Brien’s tower as these became the Cliffs of Insanity in 1987 classic ‘The Princess Bride’ and looking south from O’Brien’s Tower you will spot the cave which featured in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Order a delicious picnic 24 hours in advance from Brambles www.brambles.ie to see their range of gourmet hampers see website.
There are lots of picnic benches around the site. You can even pick up a picnic blanket from reception to use during your visit. While you are at reception why not pick up some binoculars too and head to the main platform to get a better view of the birds nesting along the Cliff edges.
The Cliffs are home to 7 protected bird species, the magnificent 7 as we like to call them, with over 30,000 breeding pairs. If you head to the South platform you can view goat island, where the Puffins like to nest from end of March to early July. Do not worry safety barriers made from Liscannor stone keep you from getting too close to the edge.
You are now in the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, an area of outstanding geology, explore the surrounding geopark and visit villages and places of interest in the Burren, for ideas on what to do and see in this fantastic landscape visit www.burren.ie