The Visitor Centre
The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience was officially opened by Clare County Council in February 2007 – a fascinating, ambitious and inspired project.
The visitor experience comprises of a state-of-the-art award-winning eco-friendly underground centre nestled into the hillside. The development compromised of the 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.
Given the unique and sensitive nature of the site, the main priority for the design was the use of the existing landscape and organic forms. The development would not compete with, nor distract from, the natural attraction of the ‘Cliffs’.
Since opening in 2007, the visitor centre has won numerous awards, including Best Public/Cultural Building at the 2007 Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Awards, the Commercial Interiors Award at the 2007 International Federation of Interior Architects (IFI) Awards and the Exhibition Design Award at the 2007 and 2008 Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI) Awards.
Within the Visitor Centre features the Interactive Exhibition, Cliffs View Café, Puffins Nest Café, Visitor Information and Shannon Heritage Gift Shop, Restroom facilities and First aid facilities including a fully equipped first aid room with nationally certified first aiders available daily.
Free customer wi-fi is available throughout the Visitor Centre. The Visitor Centre building is fully accessible, wheelchairs are available on loan to visitors. Hearing aid amplifiers (Induction Loops) are in place at the Front Desk, the Ledge Theatre, and the Gift Shop.
Binoculars are available on loan to observe the vast array seabirds nesting off the cliffs during breeding season.
The centerpiece of Visitor Experience is a circular exhibition space that has a dome roof structure with a diameter of 25 metres. The Cliffs Exhibition within the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience contains a wealth of fascinating information and displays to delight, inform and fascinate visitors of all ages.
The unmissable interpretative exhibition animates the story of the Cliffs, presenting the geology, wildlife and human aspects in an entertaining and informative way. 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.
From the central exhibition area follow the winding tunnel to our theatre housing a virtual reality cliff face adventure on a big screen. See the Cliffs like never before. The Ledge experience encompasses an exhilarating virtual reality film displaying the dynamic interrelationship between land and sea wildlife at the Cliffs of Moher. The Ledge experience has a running time of 5 minutes.”
Clare is renowned as the spiritual home of traditional music in Ireland, we have recently added an exhibit on the theme of traditional music to our exhibition area. All aspects of the exhibition, from conception to completion were undertaken by Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience staff, many of whom are talented musicians.
Our staff generously loaned their own much-treasured instruments, making the exhibition a labour of love. The main focus of the exhibition is on the many talented musicians living close to the cliffs and the instruments on display include an accordion, concertina, fiddle, and tin whistle.
Please Note: The Cliffs Exhibition is a self-guided tour. To enjoy a full, unhurried experience, allow yourself about 25-45 minutes.