Visit County Clare, The Shannon Region
Clare Attractions Shannon Region
Clare is home to two of Irelands finest natural attractions. The Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, with it's geology, flora, caves, history and archaeology. Clare is bounded on the west by the beautiful Atlantic coast.
Bunratty Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval castle in Ireland. It was built in 1425, and restored in 1954 and has furnishings and tapestries which capture the mood and style of its times. The Folk Park, set in 26 acres, recreates nineteenth century Ireland. The Park includes a recreated village street, a watermill, blacksmiths forge, and a display of nineteenth century agricultural machinery.
Located at Quin, this centre interprets Irelands prehistoric and early Christian eras. The exhibits around the grounds include a Ring Fort, a true reproduction of a farmers house dating from the 4th or 5th centuries, an Iron Age roadway and an outdoor cooking site. Also featured is the leather hulled boat which Tim Severin sailed from Ireland to North America.
Brian Buro Heritage Centre elaborates on the theme of Celtic Ireland. The 11th century High King of Ireland, Brian Boru who subdued the Vikings and was one of the influential and colourful figures in Irish History was born here. more...
The Castle was built in 1467 it is a magnificent example of a medieval tower house. It has had a long and varied history - from battle field to dwelling place. It is surrounded by beautiful Victorian and Walled Gardens.
The Genealogical Centre houses the most comprehensive research material, held at any one location, to enable persons with Clare roots to trace their ancestry. The Clare Heritage Centre Museum within the centre is an award-winning presentation of the material aspect of 19th century social, educational and folk life.