Cliffs of Moher Guide
The Cliffs of Moher is one of those places that just takes your breath away, the beautiful view of the 300 million-year-old cliffs is unreal. The Cliffs of Moher cover a distance of 8 kilometres and the highest section of the cliffs is 702 feet which is 214 metres.
The whole area is an important place for bird breeding and full of interesting birds like the famous Puffin birds. The area of the Cliffs of Moher is part of GEO Park, which means it a geological park full of interesting plant species, and wildlife. The area of the Burren region is full of geology and has something for everyone, no matter what your interests.
Opening Hours Monthly
January/February 9.00am to 5.00pm
March/April 8.00am to 7.00pm
May/June/July and August 8.00am to 9.00pm
September/October/ November and December 8.00am to 7.00pm
The Cliffs of Moher are located in Clare in the West of Ireland, this area is about 3 hours and 15 minutes from Dublin. Getting to the Cliffs of Moher is fairly simple with many tour buses travelling to the cliffs from various cities around Ireland. If you are driving yourself, it can be a good idea to download Google maps and use the app to navigate your way to the cliffs and work out your travel time and distance.
The roads in some parts of Clare can be narrow, so relax and take your take and allow enough travel time. There are some public transport services to the Cliffs of Moher with Bus Eireann on there Express-way link. The closest airport is Shannon airport which is about one hours drive from the visitor centre. Some of the Wild Atlantic Way route is on route to the visitor centre, its a beautiful area to drive and see the scenery that makes Ireland so famous all over the world!
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Entry into the Visitor Centre
Tickets can be booked online and you get a discount for booking and paying online. If you decide to pay the fee while entering the car park. The car park is included in your ticket price. The price is very reasonable considering its one of Ireland’s most beautiful places and a must-see on your bucket list of cool places to visit in Ireland!!
Parking for cars and smaller vehicles is to the right-hand side of the visitor centre. When you approach the centre, you will be paying the entry fee and parking on the right-hand side, its a short walk then over to the second busiest tourist attraction in Ireland.
GPS Coordinates for the visitor centre.
Latitude: 52.97146. Longitude: -9.42472.
If you are travelling on a bus, the larger buses will be parking on the left-hand side coming into the grounds of the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre. Parking is covered by your entry fee and there is no limit to parking times, you can basically stay as long as you want or as long as your tour allows.
The Visitor Centre
The visitor centre had lots of interesting stuff to see and do. The centre has some good food on offer and if you need to recharge the batteries, it’s the perfect spot for a coffee and sandwich or a nice Irish dinner. There is a cafe downstairs and a restaurant upstairs in the visitor centre. The centre has a really cool gift shop with some great Irish products on offer. There are a number of shops just outside the visitor centre but still on the grounds of the super cool tourist site. These shops have some cool Irish products.
The centre itself has some interactive displays and lots of information about the area and the Burren region. There are informational panels on how the Cliffs of Moher were formed and the geology of the local area. The wonderful gift shop in the centre has lots of nice t-shirts, Guinness merchandise, Irish music CDs and cool Irish stuff. Its the perfect place to pick up some gifts for friends or family.
There is an old stone tower on-site called O Brein’s Tower that was built by Cornelius O Brien way back in 1835, the tower is a wonderful viewing point and you can see some beautiful coastline at the top of the tower. There is a small fee for entering the tower and climbing up to the second level to take some photos. The tower has recently had a refurbishment and in great condition for a building of its age.
The Cliffs of Moher is a wonderful site to see especially if it’s a nice day and the sky is clear and not cloudy or foggy, its advisable to visit the Cliffs of Moher on a clear day or after lunchtime because sometimes the area can be quite foggy. You should dress appropriately. The area can be quite windy some days, so bring a jacket or sweater just in case, its always a good idea to bring an umbrella or raincoat just in case of some rain showers, this is Ireland after all!
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The Cliffs of Moher is a great experience but can be dangerous, don’t take risks at the cliffs, stay behind barriers and watch where you are walking, there have been several people injured and killed on the site, so be careful and stay alert. There is a number of walkways along the edge of the cliffs towards Hags head and to Doolin.
These walkways can be dangerous so take your time and make sure to wear good shoes or boots if you plan on travelling along these walkways.
Some people do visit the area late in the evening to see the sunset, this is a great time to get some amazing photos! Be prepared for some waiting time at peak times, a good tip is to visit the area in the offseason if you don’t want to be queuing for toilets.
Accommodation Close By
There are plenty of nice places to stay close to the Cliffs of Moher, there are a number of hotels in Lahinch and Liscannor which is just a few minutes drive away from one of Ireland’s best natural tourist attractions.
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The closest hotel to the cliffs is the Cliffs of Moher hotel Lisacannor, the hotel is just minutes from the cliffs and its located in a beautiful part of Ireland with some nice pubs close by. Liscannor is a quiet little fishing village on the Wild Atlantic Way route. If you’re looking for accommodation see our link above!!! AirB&B has a good list of a lovely place to stays nearby the cliffs.
Things to Do in Clare
There are plenty of things to see and do in Clare. There is rock climbing in the Burren region, fishing, water sports and lots of walking trails and hiking. There are lots of old medieval castles and old sites in Clare. Some old castles are turned into top-class hotels like Dromoland castle and golf course.
Lahinch beach is just minutes away and is well known for its huge waves, surfers flock there all year round to catch some waves. The Burren region is another really cool place to visit in Ireland and it not far away.
The Burren is full of interesting sites to visit. Clare is definitely a place you want to spend a day or two at least while you’re visiting Ireland or just visiting the cliffs. There are a few campsites close by in Doolin.
Doolin has some really retro Irish pubs and is the area where you can travel to the Aran Islands. The ferry’s leave from Doolin Pier to the Aran Islands, so theirs another one for your bucket list! The pubs in Doolin are known for super cool Irish music sessions and tall creamy pints of Guinness.
All in all the Cliffs of Moher is a great place to visit and hopefully, you will get some memorable photos of Ireland beautiful scenery and natural beauty.
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