The Burren Visitor Centre
The Burren Visitor Centre
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Under NEW Management 2024 The Burren Visitor Centre is the licensed information point for the Burren Geopark, and wider North Clare region. It hosts a BRAND NEW 'Burren Exhibition' which introduces the visitor to the magical world of the Burren formation, archaeology, flora, fauna, heritage, people and music. In addition, a smaller exhibition tells the story of internationally renowned Kilfenora Ceili Band, and the tradition of music in the North Clare area. The craft shop features exclusive art, craft and unique souvenirs from producers in the Burren region, while the cafe serves simple, homemade food and drink.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Kowanda Y
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely people in Kilfenora
    Mary, Aileen and Claire you are lovely. Thank you for your support and advice when we landed in Kilfenora with a broken down camper on July 17th. You made a positive impact on our change in plans. Also, the young man in the cafe was kind. When I went in the second morning he said "You're still here. " He showed concern for our situation, which was nice.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Deborah L
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Burdens Visitor Centre worth the stop!
    Wonderful interactive exhibition about The Burrens past and present. Covers geological history, flora and fauna, human history, cultural heritage. Helpful information people, free maps and gleaming restrooms are available. Great gift shop and cafe combined with the exhibits make the stop well worth while.🇮🇪💚💚💚🇮🇪
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 14, 2024
  • Phil C
    San Jose, California1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the stop!
    The Centre was our first stop in the area. So glad we took the time. Friendly staff sent us off with lots of useful information and a detailed map to enhance our visit to The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 1, 2024
  • Rob F
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kilfenora Burren visitor centre
    Visited recently (6/24) very good MultiMedia exhibition. Friendly and well informed staff and nice little cafe. Definitely worth visiting to learn more about the Burren and local area. The nearby cathedral is also worth visiting. It is about a 20 minute drive from the Burren walks but well worth the short diversion
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 14, 2024
  • Tina M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent stop heading into The Barren
    The Burren Visitor Center was the perfect stop on our way into the magical, otherworldly landscape of The Barren. The Center exhibits & video were very well done and we had a much better appreciation of the place before we started exploring. Highly recommended for anyone visiting The Barren for the first time.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 29, 2024
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Nika Shoot
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
We stopped off here with my partner at the cafe on our last day in Ireland on our drive to the airport hoping for some brunch. Both the service and the food were abominable. It was our worst food experience in Ireland..and we were not being fussy. It was so bad that it was actually funny and we had a laugh of it in the end. Our outmilk coffee was horribly bitter and curdled. They were kind enough to replace it for us with an identically curdled coffee, explaining that it was perfectly good to begin with.
We ordered poached eggs on toast and as we are vegetarian I requested the beans and tomatoes from the Irish breakfast menu to be added to my veggie dish. The poached eggs were as hard is if they were sitting in hot water for 10 minutes sitting in the middle of the cheapest slice of factory produced white toast, with a teaspoon of beans and 1 grilled cherry tomato.
The chips however, were good, hence the well deserved 1 star review.
spare yourselves such a disappointment in future. Go find somewhere nice to eat. There are plenty of beautiful dining places in Ireland and we are writing to say this was the worst we could possibly imagine.
Written August 20, 2022
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Margaret D
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I ordered bacon and cabbage. It was disgusting. Soggy. Potatoes were stale. Bacon was very salty and definitely not home cured. Staff member was not friendly or helpful. She left me waiting 20 minutes before she spoke or made eye contact. She was too busy chatting to a friend. Service worst ever. Don't go especially if there is a woman with glasses there. You have been warned. Not even 1 out of 5
Written April 8, 2020
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Rob F
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
Visited recently (6/24) very good MultiMedia exhibition. Friendly and well informed staff and nice little cafe. Definitely worth visiting to learn more about the Burren and local area. The nearby cathedral is also worth visiting. It is about a 20 minute drive from the Burren walks but well worth the short diversion
Written June 14, 2024
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Kowanda Y
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Mary, Aileen and Claire you are lovely. Thank you for your support and advice when we landed in Kilfenora with a broken down camper on July 17th. You made a positive impact on our change in plans. Also, the young man in the cafe was kind. When I went in the second morning he said "You're still here. " He showed concern for our situation, which was nice.
Written August 6, 2023
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Kathleen V
Portland, Oregon199 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
It was a great stop on a rainy day. The brief film giving some history of The Burren was informative and well done, as was the walk-through exhibit. Some gifts but not a lot. Tea and scones in the cafe' were good. Nearby High Crosses are amazing.
Written April 20, 2022
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Phil C
San Jose, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
The Centre was our first stop in the area. So glad we took the time. Friendly staff sent us off with lots of useful information and a detailed map to enhance our visit to The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher.
Written June 2, 2024
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Tina M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
The Burren Visitor Center was the perfect stop on our way into the magical, otherworldly landscape of The Barren. The Center exhibits & video were very well done and we had a much better appreciation of the place before we started exploring. Highly recommended for anyone visiting The Barren for the first time.
Written June 29, 2024
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Wally and Lorna D
Stoke-on-Trent, UK54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
We always visit when in the area and manage to find a book or map on the area. Our recent visit was made more interesting by finding it almost impossible to park, whilst the centre was fairly empty. The reason, it turned out, was that there was a very large funeral at the time. It seems that when the funeral procession is due to pass, the centre closes all its doors as a mark of respect - a custom which we were most happy to comply with - so we were locked in for a few minutes. It might have been a little clearer to everyone if staff had explained this policy before locking the doors as we are not sure that everyone was aware of the situation. Most people, we are sure, would be happy to wait patiently as a mark of respect. Future visitors, please note. May whoever it was rest in peace.
Written June 6, 2018
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SirNorman
County Cork, Ireland576 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
It was a day that should have been sunny during the second day of our visit to Doolin County Clare, however a thick fog rolled in from the Atlantic and completely obliterated the landscape we came to see.

Of course we wanted to explore the wonder that is The Burren but we could hardly see ten meters in front of us. Undaunted we set out to find somewhere to experience the story of this extraordinary natural phenomenon. We headed for Kilfenora driving very gingerly on the small roads.

The Burren Centre first impression was of a 'me too' place to capture from the thousands of visitors who explore the 250 square kilometer rocky terrain and its eco-culture. I could not have been more wrong. The Centre is a single story building that belongs in its village streetscape but inside it is a land of wonder.

The first awakening of knowledge is a video by one of Ireland's original nature cinematographers. An Irish 'Davin Attinburough' one might say. Though long deceased he tells a story that is timeless. Tropical seas and glaciers of 325 million years ago made for a brilliant introduction and whets the appetite for more.

More is exactly what you get when you enter the deceptively large exhibition area. It is fulled with life size exhibits of inhabitants, fish and animals that have long since become extinct or morphed into more recognisable form in our window in life.

This is primarily what the Centre achieves; it gets you to focus on you ,in the now, and makes you alert to the speck that we all are in our time. Brilliantly laid out with not too overbearing story boards the village of Kilfenora has a gem worth exploring.
Written November 5, 2017
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Sharon M
Midlothian, VA99 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Friends
Designed and staffed by local volunteers, the center provides great insight into the rich history the Burren area. There is a gift shop that is quite well stocked and which had items for sale that I saw nowhere else in Ireland. There was a large exhibit with dioramas as well as a short film. There was also a sweet tea room that seemed popular with the locals. ( Don't miss the Salmon Toastie--lovely fresh salmon on toasted bread.)
I don't recall if there was an admittance fee, but if there was, it was nominal. Without stopping for tea, it takes about an hour, but it is time well spent since it will provide context for a drive through The Burren--something that shouldn't be missed!
Written June 29, 2014
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