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Clare Tourist Attractions

County Clare Tourist Attractions

It is all there, in County Clare.

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.

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T: 061 711 222

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Bunratty Castle Hotel

Loop Head

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.

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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.

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T: +353 65 707 4432

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Knappogue Castle & Medieval Banquets

Step back in time as you arrive at Knappogue Castle. The Earl’s Butler and the castle’s Ladies will greet you warmly at the grand entrance. Proceed to the Dalcassian Hall, a magnificent space where you can mingle with the castle entertainers. As you sip on a goblet of mead, a traditional honey wine, delightful music fills the air. Listen to the enchanting melodies of the harp and fiddle, followed by a captivating performance of medieval choral singing by the Ladies.

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Telephone: +353 61 711 222

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Craggaunowen Castle and Crannog

Located in the scenic countryside of County Clare, Craggaunowen offers visitors an immersive experience into Celtic life. Adjacent to the 16th Century Craggaunowen Castle, this historical sire boasts a meticulously recreated Bronze Age village that provides insight into Ireland’s ancient past.

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Telephone: +353 61 711 222

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Scattery Island Tours

Located just 45 minutes drive from the Cliffs of Moher, within calm waters of the Shannon Estuary lies Scattery Island, an ideal visitor experience for anyone interested in Ireland’s rich history or those seeking a great family day out!

Visitors will be amazed by the island’s natural beauty and serene and tranquil environment. Tours include a guided walking tour around the monastic sites, during which visitors will learn about St. Senan, who established a monastery there in the 5th Century, the Viking invasions and Brian Boru – the High King of Ireland who defeated the Limerick Vikings in a great battle on Scattery. After the tour, there’s ample time to enjoy a picnic or take a swim in the clear estuary waters.

Tours to Scattery Island depart from Kilrush Marina with multiple sailings daily and can be booked online.

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Telephone: +353 86 223 6995

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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.

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T: +353 65 707 4432

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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

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T: +353 61922080

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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.

Contact Details:

T: 065 707 7036

E: info@aillweecave.ie

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Aillwee Cave & Birds of Prey

Burren Perfumery

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.

Contact Details 

T: +353 65 708 9102

E: info@burrenperfumery.com

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Doolin Cave

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.

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T: +353 (0)65 7075761

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Doolin Cave