Clonmacnoise, County Offaly

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. Use our County Offaly trip builder app to add Clonmacnoise and other attractions to your County Offaly vacation plans.
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  • We were very disappointed with our visit. The staff were professional and friendly on arrival. The film was just about to start and we went it. While the film was excellent the auditorium was extremel...  more »
  • Driving from Dublin to Galway… Looking for somewhere to stop along the way. Someone told me that Clonmacnoise would be a cool place to make a stop. What you find is the remains of a monastery sitting ...  more »
  • I loved this place! full of mystery and a special atmosphere reigns. As a consultant before we went to the opening to avoid the bus of tourists. Not big February world we were alone in the mist of the morning which to given to this place look like a travel in time. Recommend +++
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  • We enjoyed the guided tour, even though the introduction repeated much of the information that the introductory video conveyed. The staff is very helpful and friendly. Good facilities. We luckily caught a day of beautiful weather, with lots of sunshine, so we thoroughly enjoyed the monuments, ruins, strolling around on the grass, the views of the river...
  • Gorgeous view of the Shannon river with a small visitor center and gift shop. There is also a small cafe. The Celtic crosses are beautiful.
  • At 8€ entry fee a bit pricy. Anyway you have nice stone buildings and tombstones. You can watch a movie with historical information. The sourrinding is beautiful. We enjoyed the river just next to it. Free parking.
  • Hadn't been here since childhood great place very well organised
  • Steeped in history and the blood shed spilt from the 6th century wonderful few hour's . Best to see 20 min video before going into site so you understand the history behind it or for a special day out rent or go on a river cruiser from athlone down the Shannon and stop off here
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