Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, Galway

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Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre encompasses diverse landscapes that include vast grasslands, dense woodlands, high mountain peaks, and swaths of bogs and heaths. Established in 1980, the park spans nearly 3,000 hectares (7,400 acres) and contains several remnants of megalithic human civilizations, including 4,000-year-old tombs. A good pair of binoculars can open a window into the park's world of songbirds, which include meadow pipits, skylarks, chaffinches, robins, and wrens. You can begin your trek across the sprawling park at the visitor center, offering a brief introduction into the area's wildlife and geology. Guided nature walks, which depart from the center, cover rough and very boggy terrain, so dress appropriately if you choose to join in. Our Galway vacation planner makes visiting Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre and other Galway attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre reviews

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  • Extremely well prepared for CoVid travelers. One way trails are in place. There are also many, really good, porto-sans (outside toilets) that use a flush valve and have tissue and sanitizer in them... 
    Extremely well prepared for CoVid travelers. One way trails are in place. There are also many, really good, porto-sans (outside toilets) that use a flush valve and have tissue and sanitizer in them...  more »
  • Well marked hiking/walking routes in a beautiful scenery. Is it worth the travel from a distance? In my opinion no, but if you happen to be in the area, I recommend you go for it. 
    Well marked hiking/walking routes in a beautiful scenery. Is it worth the travel from a distance? In my opinion no, but if you happen to be in the area, I recommend you go for it.  more »
  • Lovely place to visit and free at the moment. We visited late afternoon when it was quieter but you soon lose yourself on the trails around the park. 
    Lovely place to visit and free at the moment. We visited late afternoon when it was quieter but you soon lose yourself on the trails around the park.  more »
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  • Great hiking trail with super views and not too technical or daunting. Free entry and no rip off prices in the coffee shop. A super asset to the local community.
  • Nice place to go before you start your hike. They have clean restrooms, a cute cafe as well as some space where you can eat your prepared food. We used that to find shelter from the rain before we went out again to hike.
  • Well marked and perfectly maintained trails which make it easy to walk in this National Park! The views are spectacular even if you don't make it all the way to the top. Special shout out to the Team House - food was lovely, staff sure friendly and everything is served on real plates and with real cutlery!
  • You will appreciate trials for pedestrians. Paths are organized to walk around the park. The shortest one is approximately 1.5 km long. Thus, you need just half an hour to enjoy the landscape.
  • Amazing National Park. Lovely exhibitions, and best explanation of bogs and peat. Only had time to do the Forest Trail and Shorter Trail. The forest trail was stunning.

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