Discover County Clare
Clare on the West of Ireland has a jaw-dropping coast carved by the roaring Atlantic; it is an otherworldly place, full of legends and natural beauty. Venture through the seaside towns in West Clare from Doolin to Kilkee and Lisdoonvarna. Hike hidden trails through stunning landscapes and cruise the majestic Shannon at Killaloe. Enjoy traditional music, legendary pubs, Bunratty Castle and famous restaurants with menus sourced from nearby farms.
Ennis is the capital town of the most glorious county in Ireland and there is so much to do and see, from exploring the Wild Atlantic Way to taking in the mystical landscape of the Burren for more information visit Ennis.ie.
See all that Clare has to offer
There is so much to do in this beautiful county. Here is a list of popular tourist attractions and places to see in Clare that you should add to your list!
Stay for a while in the County for a truly unique cultural experience in a remarkable natural environment. All your senses will be sated with a surfeit of delights: an ancient landscape, an abundance of locally produced food, music to rouse and restore, sights to astound and people as warm and graceful as the landscape they inhabit. County Clare is renowned as a stronghold of traditional music; there are great festivals, delicious food and fantastic historical sites. Below, we will explore with you some of the top Clare tourist attractions. No matter what your interests, there will be plenty of places for you to visit to have a great time.
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park is Ireland’s most authentic and complete medieval Castle. Its 19th century Folk Park is the largest open-air museum in Ireland.
Bunratty Castle’s world famous nightly medieval banquets offer a unique entertainment experience. From their fairy village to their wonderful farm animals, from their famous homemade apple pie to their delicious scones in their Bunratty Tea Room a world of adventure awaits for visitors to enjoy.
T: 061 711 222
Panoramic views of dramatic rugged coastline, wild seas, and big sky await. Take a guided tour of the Lighthouse, climbing up the tower and going out onto the balcony. Weather permitting you will be able to see south as far as the Blasket Islands, and north to the Twelve Pins in Connemara, along the Wild Atlantic Way. The balcony is also the perfect vantage point from which to spot whales, dolphins, and seals, while the rock ledges and caves of the cliffs are home to many beautiful seabirds, including fulmars and kittiwakes. If you wish to experience the Lighthouse, please avail of a special discount, using promo code COMETOLOOP on Loop Head Lighthouse website.
Vandeleur Walled Gardens
The Vandeleur Walled Garden is one of County Clare’s most beautiful botanical tributes to Ireland’s rich, natural history. Set amongst 170 hectares of native woodland, this hidden gem is nestled in the heart of Kilrush Wood, just 2 kilometres from the centre of Kilrush, County Clare, Ireland.
The Burren Smokehouse
The Burren Smokehouse and Burren Brewery in Lisdoonvarna offer a unique mini food trail – you can learn how they smoke Irish salmon, follow the Salmon of Knowledge through time in their new interactive “Taste the Atlantic – Salmon Experience” visitor centre, indulge in a Burren Brewery craft beer tour and tasting, and even enjoy storytelling with publican and master brewer Peter Curtin in the Roadside Tavern.
Wilde Irish Chocolates
Discover the delightful world of Wilde Irish Chocolates in County Clare’s charming village of Tuamgraney on the shores of majestic Lough Derg in East Clare. Immerse yourself in the authentic chocolate-making experience as you witness the skilled chocolatiers in action and soak in the sweet aroma of melting chocolate.
The factory is open to the public, and admission is free, making it an ideal outing, rain or shine and is great for kids of all ages. For an extra treat, book one of our Guided visit & tasting experiences or a Build Your Own Chocolate Bar Experience and customise your very own version of our signature Wilde chocolate bars to take home.
Check out our chocolate shop, which is full of mouthwatering goodies, perfect for sharing or indulging in your own private cocoa paradise.
Open Monday to Saturday, all year round
T: +353 61922080
Aillwee Cave & Birds of Prey
Welcoming visitors to Aillwee and The Burren for over 40 years.
From a ‘hole in the ground’ to ‘soaring with Eagles’ time spent at Aillwee Cave & Bird of Prey Centre is enjoyed by all. For three generations Aillwee Cave and Bird of Prey Centre has welcomed visitors to The Burren in County Clare. Their family gives your family a chance to explore a captivating and rarely-seen underworld; enjoy unexpected freedom with majestic Birds of Prey and indulge in the tasty rewards of smoky cheese or sweet fudge.
T: 065 707 7036
Ireland’s oldest Perfume House
Perfumes, creams, soaps and candles inspired by the Burren, using natural and organic ingredients. A unique experience: watch the beautiful film about the Burren flowers, visit the manufacturing rooms, try the products, visit the shop. Enjoy a wander through the educational herb garden before enjoying freshly baked apple pie in the Tea Rooms (March-October). Daily talks and tours on perfume, cream and soap-making during summer season. Admission free. Open daily all year-round.
View a world class wonder of nature!
Descending over 70 metres/200 feet, the largest free-hanging Stalactite in Europe and the third largest in the world is a must-see.
What is more astounding than the size, is that the Great Stalactite was formed from a single drop of water over thousands of years.
Explore the deepest point of the Burren underground at Doolin Cave and enjoy one of the most interesting geological Clare tourist attractions.