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Best things to do in County Clare

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Natural Feature
“The Cliffs of Moher are an absolute must-see while in Ireland and, as the most visited natural attraction in the country, they are pretty accessible. It’s easy to find a day tour from Dublin or Galway to get to the cliffs, but if you are planning on renting a vehicle for your Ireland vacation, then I recommend doing your own tour. With an expansive visitor centre, tons of walking trails, and beautiful views steeped in myth and legend, you can easily make a day out of this beautiful area. ”
80 locals recommend
Castle
“we as kids could all day here, playing exploring castle, village and pet farm”
60 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“The Cliffs of Moher on the Wild Atlantic Way is one of Ireland's top tourist attractions, with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and Irish coastline. A must see. Easy day trip at 1 hour 45 mins from The Calves Field”
70 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“The Visitor Centre in Corrofin has a great exhibit on the natural history of the Burren and from here you can get a shuttle bus into the National Park. The centre also has lots of information on walking routes in the park and the shuttle bus links to the walks.”
68 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Located just off the coast of Galway are the Irish-speaking Aran Islands. The largest of the three islands, Inis Mór, has been described as 'one of the world’s top island destinations' by National Geographic. Reachable by ferry from Rossaveal, a 5-minute drive from Tigh Tommy Connolly, the welcoming island is home to the World Heritage site Dún Aonghasa, a Bronze Age fort set on dramatic 300 feet high cliff. ”
57 locals recommend
Cave
“The Aillwee Cave is one of the many caves beneath the Burren. It was formed by glacial melt waters that seeped through the cracks in the limestone pavement during an early ice-age. It is the oldest cave in the Burren at 1.5 million years old, and boasts some of the most spectacular stalactites and stalagmites in Ireland . The powerful flow of these melt waters eroded through the rock, forming a subterranean river. Since the last ice-age, this river has subsided, leaving in its place one of Ireland ’s most spectacular caves. The largest area in the cave is known as The Highway, which is located at the centre of the cave. The cave was inhabited by animals for thousands of years before it was discovered by man. Hibernation pits dug out by bears were found in the cave, as well as bones of a brown bear. Bears are no longer found in Ireland , and have been extinct here for over 1,000 years. ”
41 locals recommend
Perfume Shop
“We make perfumes and cosmetics using natural and organic ingredients. We take our inspiration from the landscape around us. Everything is made by hand, on site, in the Burren. We have a free audiovisual presentation on the flora and fauna of the Burren for you to enjoy when you visit. Relax in the rose-covered Tea Rooms, which serve a mouth watering selection of organic cakes, scones and pies. Homemade soups with freshly baked bread, selections of local cheeses and salads all made with organic vegetables... ”
44 locals recommend
Museum
“Very centrally located with a good coffee shop. A great collection of serious antiquities and a nice gift shop”
29 locals recommend
Establishment
“Have fun exploring King John’s Castle, enjoy magnificent views and imagine a Norman soldier’s life in this medieval fortress.”
20 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“The best seafood around and a great pub. it is a nice scenic drive to get there as well.”
24 locals recommend
Castle
“The stunning exhibition at King John’s Castle brings to life over 800 years of dramatic local history. Explore the visitor centre with state of the art interpretive activities and exhibitions. 21st century touch screen technology, 3D models and discovery drawer are among the exciting techniques that will connect you to tales of siege and warfare. Children will love the dazzling array of computer generated animations and ghostly projections as they travel back through time. The Education and Activity Room is bustling with tasks to stimulate curious minds.”
16 locals recommend
Park
“The heritage town of Gort can be found in south County Galway, about 37km south of Galway city on the N18. Just outside the town of Gort, is where you’ll find the beautiful Coole Park, formerly the estate of Lady Gregory but now a 1,000 acre nature reserve. Coole Park estate was once the home of Lady Augusta Gregory who was pivotal to the Irish literary revival and was co-founder of the Abbey Theatre. Coole House was a focal point for many meetings about Irish literature which were attended by George Bernard Shaw, J.M. Synge, Sean O Casey and William Butler Yeats. Coole Park was often referred to in stories and poems eg. W.B Yeats was so inspired by the beauty and tranquillity here that he wrote a poem called “The Wild Swans at Coole”.The most unique features of Coole Park are the turloughs (seasonal lakes or also called disappearing lakes) which are said to be the best examples of turloughs in the world. The park is situated on a low lying karst area of land and due to this the park has been designated a Special Area of Conservation. As you stroll around Coole Park you’ll see different types of animals and mammals in their natural environments. Coole Park is also an important sanctuary for birds especially winter waterfowl. At Coole Park you’ll also find a very informative and educational Visitor’s Centre, which is well worth a visit. Here you can see audio-visual presentations about Lady Gregory herself and you’ll also see some exhibitions telling the story and history of Coole Park. The park is open all year round and there is free admission to the grounds, so it’s a great day out for the family. There’s also a restaurant on site if you want to enjoy a wide selection of traditional Irish dishes. ”
30 locals recommend
Cave
“The award-winning Doolin Cave and visitor centre is home to the Great Stalactite. At 7.3 metres (23feet) it is the longest free-hanging stalactite in Europe. The Great Stalactite, suspended from the ceiling like a chandelier, is truly astounding. www.doolincave.ie/”
25 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Long established with a number of good coffee shops as well as plenty of clothes shops for all ages. Great Barber's shop (Boston Barbers) for the latest gent's hairstyles. Excellent small Bookshop which I use regularly.”
11 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Great for food from artisan producers and crafts. Usually only open in Saturdays (food and crafts) and Sunday’s (mostly crafts). Get there before 2pm”
15 locals recommend
Bar
“This bar is one of the most popular in Limerick and very centrally located.”
18 locals recommend