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Clonmacnoise

Shannonbridge, Ireland
+353 905 74195
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
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Jerusalem, Israel
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194 reviews 194 reviews
144 attraction reviews
212 helpful votes 212 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Well preserved ruins of this early monastic settlement - typical of Ireland in an earlier perod. Great scenery on the banks of the River Shannon. You can feel something special here. We visited en route from Dublin to Galway.

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Singapore, Singapore
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Rich history and it is not of the most touristy place that one would go. It is difficult to describe the feeling in words and all I can say is " Breathtaking views"

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Saskatchewan, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Clonmacnoise was my favorite stop in our two week visit to Ireland. There was something profound about standing in the ruins of this magnificent monastic settlement and imagining how it was 1500 years ago. It is incredible to realize what those walls and buildings withstood, the number of times there were attacks, destruction and rebuilding. The round towers are fascinating... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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18 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Clonmacnoise was founded in the 6th Century as a monastery. It grew to be one of the biggest settlements in Ireland before it faded into obscurity. The site is spectacular, looking down on the Shannon, Ireland's biggest and longest river. There are lots of ruins - seven churches and two round towers. You can also one of the best 10th... More

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Oregon
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38 reviews 38 reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We stayed in Athlone and took a day tour here. In fact we stayed in the town, just to see Clonmacnoise. The day was rainy, cool, and windy, but the weather didn't detract from the quiet beauty of this ancient monastic place, that stands above the Shannon River. The place speaks to the bold energy of past Christian civilizations who... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This ancient attraction is worth the stop. I was shocked that we could walk around this site and people we climbing all around the ruins. The video is outdated but the history is so interesting. It was founded in the 6th century! I would have liked to take a guided tour but were not in time for one. The photos... More

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Arklow, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

It's a beautiful place, peaceful and nice views. Will definitely go back if I am in the area. take your time and enjoy the silence.

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Palmetto, Florida
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Another wonderful stop on our boat tour of the River Shannon. This ancient settlement is over a century older than any European settlement in America. It really puts history into a different perspective. The setting is incredibly peaceful now, providing wonderful views of the river and surrounding areas. The ruins are still in tact and speak of the permanence of... More

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Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Many, many years ago, I had the pleasure of visiting and camping beside the ruins. On my first visit, I had the good fortune of spending a night an the old cottage nearby, owned by Augustin Claffey. His family farm ran beside the ruins and had been there for centuries. This man and his family were incredible. He gave us... More

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Massachusetts
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116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This old monastery/settlement from the early days of Christian Ireland is right out of the pages of history. Old stone ruins, surrounded by authentic Celtic Crosses (replicas outside, the originals inside the on-site museum) and many gravestones. When we were there the flowers were blooming on the plants that grew out of the walls of the ruins ... beautiful. If... More

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