O'Brien's Tower | Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre | Bird Watching | Food

Endless things to do at the Cliffs!

Once you’re at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, there are so many different things to do and endless ways to experience the different aspects of this amazing place. Planning ahead will help you get the most out of your time here.

Experience the Cliffs Virtual Tour

Viewing Platforms

You can view the Cliffs from 3 primary viewing platforms. Each presents you with a different, beautiful vista and together they offer you a truly breathtaking, full 360 degree experience.

View the Cliffs

From the beautiful south out to Hag’s Head – The Main Platform
From this main viewing area you can see the south cliffs and also look out towards the mighty Hag’s Head. Sheer splendour!

From beautiful bay to peaceful isles – The North Platform
Located near the highest point of the Cliffs, Knockardakin stands at 214m or 700 feet above sea level – this platform is also located close to O’Brien’s Tower and from here you have marvellous views, north, south, east and west from an elevated point.

From a bird paradise to mighty sea stack – The South Platform
From the South Platform you’re perfectly placed to see the puffin colony that makes its home on Goat Island. You may also see many other seabirds as well as the sea stack below O’Brien’s Tower. From here, you can walk 4km to Hags Head and its own incredible views of the Cliffs.

Look out from O’Brien's Tower

O’Brien’s Tower stands on a headland at the Cliffs of Moher offering up magnificent views south towards Hags Head and north towards Doolin. The Tower was built in 1835 by Cornelius O’Brien, a descendant of Brian Boru, the first High King of Ireland. A local landowner, Cornelius was ahead of his time and believed that the development of tourism would benefit the local economy and help bring local people out of poverty.

The tower was used as an observation tower for the hundreds of visitors who even then came to the Cliffs each year to see the breathtaking views. On a clear day you can see across to the Aran Islands: Inis Oírr, Inis Méain and Inis Mór.  Looking to the left you capture the whole of Liscannor Bay with Lahinch in the distance and Liscannor village in the foreground.  Looking to the right you are met with beautiful views of Galway Bay.

Background to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience

The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience was opened by Clare County Council in 2007 – a fascinating, ambitious and inspired project that had taken some 20 years to realise. Visitors today will tell you it was worth the wait! The Experience comprises a state-of-the-art-underground visitor centre building as well as development and extension of the cliff edge pathways, steps and viewing platforms. Ecological reconstruction of the grassland habitats on the cliff tops within the visitor zone was also part of the project.

The Visitor Centre

The Cliffs Exhibition

After the view from the Cliffs, visit the exhibition to immerse yourself in a sensory experience of the area.

The Cliffs Exhibition is the interpretive centre at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience. A domed cave at the centre of the building, it contains a wealth of fascinating information and displays to delight, inform and fascinate visitors of all ages.

To bring to life the many different aspects of the Cliffs, the dome is organized into four main themed areas: Ocean, Rock, Nature and Man.

You can see our monthly hours to make sure you give yourself enough time for all the attractions you want to see.

Please Note: The Cliffs Exhibition is a self-guided tour. To enjoy a full, unhurried experience, allow yourself about 25-45 minutes.

Cliffs Visitor Centre Exhibition

Walk on the Wild Side

For a beautifully bracing and healthy cliff walk surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery nature has to offer – you’ve come to the right place. There are over 600 meters of pathways and viewing platforms along the cliff.

Birders Bliss

Bird watching doesn’t get more amazing than at the cliffs – home to Ireland’s largest mainland seabird nesting colony, with 20 species of nesting birds, including 9 species of breeding seabirds, and up to 30,000 breeding pairs. The 200 hectares area was designated as a Special Protection Area (SPA) for Birds under the EU Birds Directive in 1986 and as a refuge for fauna in 1988. Included in this area are cliff-top maritime grassland and heath, and a 200 metre zone of open water to protect part of the birds’ feeding area.

Find out more about the Cliffs SPA

Find out more on birds you can see at the Cliffs

Pictures & Movies

Making Movies

Tourists who wish to shoot video footage or photography for private use are more than welcome to do so. The Cliffs of Moher site is also very popular for film & photography crews and we regularly have visiting crews from Ireland and abroad to film on site. If you would like to film, record or shoot commercially at the Cliffs, you will need to make arrangements in advance. Please email bookings@cliffsofmoher.ie

Perfect Pictures

Capturing the ruggedly wild beauty of the Cliffs is part of the Moher experience – and whether you visit us in bright sunshine with the bluest of skies, or on a wet and windy day – every picture captures the unique beauty of the area. 

Refresh, Refuel, Enjoy!

Take a break from sightseeing and enjoy a tasty snack, reviving drink or a spot of souvenir shopping.

Eat & Drink

  • Picnic tables and stone bench seating.
  • Puffins Nest Coffee Shop – offering a range of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, homemade soup, cakes and more.
  • Cliffs View Café – offering delicious and diverse tastes of County Clare.
  • For more information please email events@brambles.ie or call +353 (0) 657080908.


  • Toilets available on the ground floor,  first floor of the visitor centre and at the coach park building, accessible toilets on each level of the Visitor Centre.
  • An ATM/Cash Machine inside the gift shop. (Closes one hour before the shop closes). The nearest ATM outside the centre is in Lahinch.
  • Baggage and storage facility in the gift shop.
  • Visitor information with self-service iPads, maps, brochures and other information in the main lobby area.
  • A tourist information desk inside the gift shop – at hand to assist with your queries and travel bookings.
  • Fully-equipped first aid room (Nicholas’ Room) with trained first aiders at hand.
  • Wheelchairs on loan during your visit.
  • A wide selection of wonderful shops:
    • Main Gift Shop inside the centre – see attached pdf for product details & how to order Shannon Heritage Products
    • Art Dekko – t-shirts & more
    • Moher Music Shop
    • Clifftops – clothing and locally-designed knitwear
    • Gifts of Moher
    • O’Dalaigh Jewellers
    • Nua local knitwear

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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