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Clonmacnoise, County Offaly

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Church Historic Site
A preserved ruin along the Shannon River set against green and rolling hills, Clonmacnoise offers a glimpse into the religious and cultural history of the monasteries in Ireland. Founded in 546 CE by Saint Ciarán, the monastery was a center of learning and trade for over 600 years until it began to decline around the 12th century due to a diminishing population. Visit many of the ruined and partially ruined buildings on the site, including temple Finghín and McCarthy's tower, cross of the scriptures, and the cathedral, where the last High King of Ireland is buried. Many kings from Meath, Tara, and Connacht were buried at this site. Explore the visitor center for a comprehensive history of the site. A visit to Clonmacnoise represents just the start of the adventure when you use our County Offaly vacation trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • the video presentation is very educational & lasts about 15/20 minutes Lovely to see but I think it's a little expensive  more »
  • High Celtic crosses, ruined monastery, church ruins, round towers, and an excellent visitor center. All in one beautiful site. This is the place to visit if you have even a passing interest in history...  more »
  • Spent about two hours here and could have spent far more. Bit of the beaten track but the drive is honestly a lot of fun. The site itself is amazing. Original well preserved high crosses, various reli...  more »
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  • This place is spiritual and interesting. The very tall Celtic crosses are especially neat to experience. It was crowded when I visited and that was a drawback for me.
  • Interesting place. Deep history and a lot of rebirths to the land. Still used to this day for church goers. An active church is here. If you take one of the shortish tours, full of information, you will learn about that. You even learn about the pope's helicopter pad. Purpose built for a pope to make one journey here. Nice place. Very rarely do you get to just walk around a place with so much history. You can touch almost everything. No rope or glass stopping you. Much more interesting that way. Adds a little something you don't get from a museum for example. The freedom to walk around makes it more like an art gallery than a museum.
  • Very informative, full of history, good video on the place in the visitor center too.
  • Interesting historical site, great views of the river Shannon. Very cold spot on a winters day. Well worth a trip.
  • Great experience. You can get a real sense of the history of the place at the museum. Some of the best multimedia pieces associated with the ruins that we witnessed in Ireland.