Endless things to do at the Cliffs!
Once you’re at the Cliffs, there are so many different things to do and endless ways to experience the different aspects of this amazing place. Once again – planning ahead will help you get the most out of your time here.
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 breath-taking, full 360 degree experience.
The Cliffs View Café on the first floor of the visitors centre offers outstanding views of the Cliffs! Sit, relax, refresh and enjoy!
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.
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 breath-taking views. The main structure of the Tower was originally composed of two linked round towers built of fine local stone. One tower still remains and has a spiral iron staircase leading to a viewing platform at the top. 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.
“Climb the stairs of O’Brien’s Tower, following in the footsteps of noble folk who travelled from far to see the mighty Cliffs… The views of Aran Islands, Galway Bay, Aill Na Searrach and Hags Head as wild and untamed today as they were then.”
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 was officially opened on 8th February 2007 by the then Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of the Republic of Ireland, Bertie Ahern.
The Cliffs Exhibition
After the view from the Cliffs, this is THE way to immerse yourself in a completely sensory and all-enthralling experience of the area.
The Cliffs Exhibition is the exciting interpretive centre at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience. A huge 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.
Please Note: The Cliffs Exhibition is a self-guided tour. To enjoy a full, unhurried experience, allow yourself about 25-45 minutes.
To help you understand the history, mystery and natural wonder of the Cliffs, you will enjoy:
- Images, exhibits and interactive experiences
- A fascinating aerial tour – THE CLARE JOURNEY – viewed on a central screen from the seated area. (approx 10 mins).
- Tour from the dome via a tunnel to a theatre where you’ll love the thrill of a virtual reality cliff face adventure – THE LEDGE (approx 5 mins).
- POSTCARD FROM THE EDGE green screen lets you choose a backdrop and make a short video of yourself to email to family and friends from the media wall.
- The kids’ area where youngsters can play, learn about Cliff wildlife and create digital artwork to email home.
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.
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.
Tourists who wish to shoot video footage or photography for private use are more than welcome to do so.
However, 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 email@example.com
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.
Early morning or late evening is the best time to take scenery pictures without people. Come an hour before sunset and capture the light hitting the Cliffs – while sunset is great on a bright, sunny evening.
Take a break from sight-seeing 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 – a restaurant like no other, offering the delicious and diverse tastes of County Clare. The restaurant uses only the best of local produce and all meat is sourced and traceable to County Clare farms. (Please note we are unable to take reservations between March and October). The Café also offers packed lunches for you to take away and picnic. For more details please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Download Cliffs View Café Menu and Cliffs View Café Salad Menu
- Unisex toilets available on the ground floor, Ladies’ and Gents’ toilets on the first floor and 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.
- Coin-operated talking telescopes.
- Fully-equipped first aid room (Nicholas’ Room) with trained first aiders at hand.
- Wheelchairs on loan during your visit.
- Penny Presses – imprint a Cliffs of Moher design of your choosing onto a 5cent piece as a fun and different way to remember your trip.
- A wide selection of wonderful shops:
- Cliffs of Moher official merchandise
- Main Gift Shop inside the centre
- Art Dekko – t-shirts & more
- Moher Music Shop
- Clifftops – clothing and locally-designed knitwear
- Gifts of Moher
- O’Dalaigh Jewellers
- Nua local knitwear