Cliffs of Moher

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Cliffs of Moher
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Lookouts • Geologic Formations
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8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Spectacular cliffs stretching 700 feet over the rugged Atlantic coast is part of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Geopark and is a Special Protected Area for Birds and Wildlife, home to 35 species of birds. The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience operates under an ethos of sustainability, environmental protection and conservation. Safe accessible viewing areas and pathways along the cliff edge appeal to all levels of ability. A short walk to O'Brien's Tower provides an excellent lookout on Ireland's beautiful western shoreline. The Visitor Centre hidden underneath the hillside houses an exhibition, two cafes, gift shop, toilets, first aid centre, information points and baggage store. Admission includes access to all areas, map and secure parking. The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience is a signature point on the Wild Atlantic Way.
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Andre H
Cape Town, South Africa353 contributions
Apr 2022
Visited on 20 April , parked near the Visitor Centre , cost was 10euros per person which included parking. Spoke to one of the guides who suggested going right 1st , good advice. We walked past the paved path , views get better as you can see Hags Head in the distance & best photo opportunity. As we walked both left & right of Visitor Centre we recommend right if you limited for time. Views in 'o Brien's Tower is obstructed by pillars so nothing great. The paths are well laid out & even the unofficial paths are easily identifiable with a lot of safety warnings. I'm scared of heights but never felt unsafe even off the beaten track. To really appreciate the views you need to go beyond the paved walkways & spend at least 2-3hrs exploring. There is a coffee shop , some curio shops & bathrooms in the Visitor Centre.

Some of the paths especially to the left only allow single file which makes no sense with such a popular attraction & land available to widen slightly. The Cliffs are worth the hype , spectacular , but I think the Cliffs of Kerry are more impressive
Written April 29, 2022
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Dear 269andreh, Thank you for your kind comments regarding the Cliffs of Moher Experience and we are glad you enjoyed your visit. We hope you will visit us again soon. Best Wishes from all the Team.
Written May 4, 2022
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WarrenMoonjr
Minneapolis, MN140 contributions
Mar 2022
What can one say about the world-famous Cliffs of Moher! If the weather is good, this is a bucket list, jaw-dropping sight. Gorgeous. Spectacular. Worthy of all the fame. We were so lucky on our visit. Sunny and 60 degrees.

If you have rain, fog, or low visibility (which is common in Ireland) your visit will greatly suffer. The cliffs are located south of Galway, along the west coast. About a 3 hour drive from Dublin.

On a sunny clear day, I can think of few things better than casually strolling the cliffs. But be warned this isn't for the faint of heart. Many areas along the cliffs have little to no safety railings, saw several people with their feet dangling over the edge. If you have small children with I would recommend staying in the official state park area, which is protected with cliff railings, and concrete walls.

Walking the entire cliffs would take between 5-6hours. We stayed in Doolin, I would recommend watching the sunset on the Cliffs from the Doolin Pier.
Written April 18, 2022
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Dear WarrenMoonjr, Thank you for your review of the Cliffs of Moher. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. Yes, the weather can differ greatly at the Cliffs to other parts of Ireland or even County Clare and can change quickly during a visit. We hope you will visit again soon. Best Wishes from all the team.
Written April 21, 2022
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Eastmidlander247
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates55 contributions
Jun 2021 • Solo
Enjoyed a ‘windy visit’ to the Cliffs of Moher - my advice would be to wrap up warm if visiting in cooler temperatures.
It was great as it was not busy so I had a chance to take my time and walk along the cliff path. The downloadable audio guide is a must and is a source of invaluable information and local knowledge.
In the visitor’s centre there is one of the nicer gift shops I’ve visited with the products of quite a few local artisans so there is something for everyone’s budget.
Written July 31, 2021
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Dear Eastmidlander247, Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback. The weather on the west coast can be changeable so a fleece or jacket never go a miss on a visit to the Cliffs. Morning or evening visits are a great time to visit as they tend to be quieter than at lunchtime, by booking your tickets on our website not only do you save time at entry but also get an online discount. Our new Cliffs of Moher app is free to download from the app or play store and as we offer complimentary customer WiFi it's super quick to download. The audio guide contains tracks from the locals, information on all aspects of the Cliffs, maps, and all information to make your trip to the Cliffs of Moher memorable. There are also tips on planning your visit, the best time to arrive, as well as other places and things to explore in county Clare. The Craft & Gift Store located inside the Visitor Centre helps to support over 60 local artisans and has beautiful products to suit any taste or budget. Thank you for visiting, best wishes from all the team.
Written August 6, 2021
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Andy Barnes
Sutton, UK1,453 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
This place is outstanding.
There is plenty of car park right next to the attraction. It is €10 per ticket entrance which includes everybody in each car.
The walk to the attraction is quite short and a clear stretch for about 8 km so you can have a really good walk. The views are outstanding.
Bring good walking shoes because some of the walks are quite steep. There is also a restaurant there which is a little bit pricey but not too bad and toilets are available. Bring your camera!
Written March 17, 2022
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Dear Andybarnes12, Many thanks for taking the time to review your visit to the Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs of Moher Experience is a developed site for the safe viewing of the Cliffs of Moher. The admission ticket gives access to all on site facilities including the Safe Viewing Platforms, Visitor Centre, Retail Outlets, Catering, Toilets, Exhibition, Wifi and Parking. As well as this we have a dedicated team onsite to offer assistance to all our visitors such as information, guided tours, first aid and mobility assistance, all while maintaining the site which includes ongoing repairs, litter management and protection of the environment. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and yes good walking shoes and a camera are a must! Best wishes from all the team
Written March 21, 2022
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Bobby A
Shawnee, OK5 contributions
Jul 2021
Continuous 4.5 foot flagstone slabs set 15 feet from the cliff edge have been placed around the most scenic areas, presumably to keep idiots and small children from falling off. The result is often that only the top halves of the cliffs are visible even for someone quite tall like myself. The brochure I was given mentioned puffin birds on a lower cliff, but this was completely obscured by the barriers.

Long stretches of the walled path are only wide enough for 1 person a time and border a barbed, electrified fence (thankfully turned off). Squeezing by others over several hundred meters while trying not to snag yourself on barbed wire greatly reduces the romance of the vistas.

The area itself is surprisingly kitschy- lined with buskers, touristy shops, and a small turret whose recent veneer looks more at home in Disneyland. Small signs say the street performers are in fact a feature not a bug, but the man muddling through "Danny Boy" on the accordion detracted from the natural surroundings.

The visitor's center contained more gift shops and a cinema that showed a completely CGI version of the cliffs. After paying 10 euros a person at the parking lot and walking several miles, I can't say I ever really got a good look at what I came to see.

My wife and I were quite disappointed as the Fodor's guide listed the cliffs as possibly the best natural attraction in Ireland. As of now, I would not recommend them at the current price.
Written July 22, 2021
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Dear robertaS2735XE, Thanks for your review. We appreciate your feedback. The flagstone walls are built using Liscannor stone it has been used for centuries by local people to ensure a safe distance is kept from the cliff edge by humans and animals alike. There are 3 main viewing platforms at the Visitor Experience, the main platform, and one North & South. You can also view the Cliffs from the top of O'Brien's Tower entrance is included with your admission ticket. Our staff are stationed around the site including the viewing platforms and are happy to assist with the best places to view the birds or the sea stack, we also provide complimentary binoculars to visitors, these can be picked up at reception inside the Visitor Centre. The small turret you mention is O'Brien's Tower built in 1835 by the landowner at the time Cornelius O'Brien as an observation tower for hundreds of tourists that came to the area. After Cornelius O'Brien's death in 1857, the tower became derelict until 1970 when the tower was restored in 1970, it was renovated in 2008, and again in 2019. Busking has been a tradition at the Cliffs of Moher since the 1950s when Dinny McMahon a local man began storytelling and selling small items to tourists who visited the Cliffs. The buskers who come to play at the Cliffs these days have been doing so for the last 10-20 years and we hope to keep this tradition alive for years to come. The walled path with a fence at one side you mentioned is the coastal trail, managed by Clare Local Development Company in partnership with local landowners, can be narrow at certain points due to the erosion of the Cliff edge, the wall ensures the safety of its users and the fence ensures farm animals do not access the trail. Thank you for visiting, best wishes from all the team.
Written July 27, 2021
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tommywelltravelled
Kilkenny, Ireland297 contributions
Aug 2020
One of the great natural wonders of Ireland. How do we manage it?
If you book online it is €8 per head and you can only arrive at a certain pre-booked time. If you arrive earlier you are 'fined' €4 per person.. rip off. If you rock up to the barrier it is €10 per head in the car with some discounts, children etc.
The cliff walks themselves are excellent, safe, well managed and a treat.
Entry to the Centre is free. We found the Centre visually pleasant if not inspiring. However the exhibition is half cooked. The seismograph exhibit was best, detailed, easily understood and very interesting. The exhibits elsewhere were very brief.
The Centre has not made up its mind whether to focus on the geological wonder that are the Cliffs or a museum of local history and geography. Both can be done but lets treble the size and depth of the 'experience'. Far too many parts of the exhibition seem an attempt to explain something complex in less than one hundred words.
The cafe upstairs was way overpriced and served the poorest quality cake I have attempted to eat in quite a while.
When leaving the 'experience' you pass five or six tourist trap shops.
Verdict - great natural wonder encased in a tourist trap.
Written September 5, 2020
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IE2015Traveller
County Dublin, Ireland178 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Brilliant! The Cliffs of Moher are stunning. The visitor centre is excellent. It is conveniently open late (at least in August 2021) until 9pm which allows a good day in Clare/Aran Islands etc and then a trip to see the Cliffs at Sunset. The design of the centre - built into the hillside - is very clever. The car park is across the road - some see the price list and think the price is just to park your car, this price includes your entrance fee to the visitor centre. The Cliffs and visitor centre are a must!
Written August 22, 2021
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RWWhite
Collierville, TN48 contributions
Sep 2021
There is a reason this shows up in the Top 3 on all lists of things to see in Ireland. We spent 5 hours walking the cliffs and could have spent a few more. See lots of criticism by those that don't want to spend the 10 Euro per person to visit. It's actually pretty fair compared to the other locations that charge 2 to 2 Euro and offer so much less. And if you can't afford that, then enter the paths at the other ends (there is a cost for convenience). And some complained about not being able to get close to the cliffs - umm, there were people hanging off the edges all over the place. If you want to get close - go right ahead. The harder balance is controlling litter on the paths. People can't be trusted to bring their items back and there are no disposal areas along the paths. Terrible to see all the trash left around. Wish we'd brought bags to pick things up along our walk.
Written September 18, 2021
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Dear RWWhite, Thank you for your review. We appreciate your feedback. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit to the Cliffs of Moher. The €10 charge is for all on-site facilities these include 800 metres of paved pathways, viewing platforms, onsite facilities, and entry to O’Brien’s tower, a portion also goes to conservation as the Cliffs of Moher are a Special Protected Area. The reason there is a stone wall barrier in place at the Visitor Experience is due to constant erosion of the cliff edge, the cliffs are composed of shale and sandstone and these layers break away over time due to chemical and physical erosion. This makes sitting or standing at the Cliff edge an extremely dangerous thing to do. Our green team litter pick the walkways around the Cliffs daily, it can be hard to manage litter that is left outside the site, we encourage all our visitors to 'Leave No Trace'. We are also proud members of Leave No Trace Ireland which provides research, education, and outreach so every person who ventures outside can protect and enjoy the outdoors responsibly. Thank you for visiting. Best wishes from all the team!
Written October 4, 2021
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JohnAnn B
Vancouver, Canada403 contributions
Dec 2020
We hiked the cliffs in May 2019 (sorry for the review delay) while on a 14 day G-Adventures tour of Ireland.

The drive from Galway takes about 2 hours and it has a feeling of taking backroads, although I expect it was the direct route. The route takes you along mixed hedged roads, ruins and beautiful homes and past progressively increasingly rocky poor farm land bordered by rick fences. Lots of evidence of glacial action scrapping the land. You begin to see famine walls and villages dating to when the Irish were displaced. In fact there is such a village near the start of the cliff hike.

The tour guide for the hike was Pat Dooley, a 5th generation local farmer who guides tours out of Doolin. At Doolin we had a rest stop and used the bathrooms and bought drinks and snacks, although some had bought these items in Galway before we left.

Then we started the 8.2 km hike along the cliffs. The trail follows the coastline and the rise and fall in the cliffs. Much of it is on crushed shale and rock and follows and crosses fences. Fences include barb wire and electric fences in some place. Guy wires have been strung to provide security and help with the wind. In some places the wind is so strong the braver among us could lean out over the cliff faces and be held in place by the wind. At one point the wind was so strong is blew a waterfall back up the cliff and dispersed it as mist. And in one place you actually climb over a spot in the trail that is hanging over the cliffs.

The views are amazing out over the sea, with islands in the distance. The wildflowers are lovely as are the many birds including puffins at a distance. Apparently, there have been suicides who have jumped off the cliffs and in places you can see winter surf survival installations down near the water’s edge.

Watch your hat and dress in layers as you will start out cold and will get increasingly warmer. It rained on and off, and I was continually taking off my rain jacket and then having to put it back on again. Some of the hills are hard on the knees and you will certainly get a good cardio workout. By the end of the hike, I was exhausted, and I think I was in decent condition for this hike.

The hike ends at the formal visitor centre for the cliffs. We wandered about the gift store, ate a late lunch and head back to the bus through the wind and rain.
Written November 14, 2021
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Dear JohnAnn B, Many thanks for your review of the Cliffs of Moher. We are delighted you enjoyed it so much. We hope you will visit us again in the future. Best Wishes from all the team.
Written December 5, 2021
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Aoife O’Loughlin
Miltown Malbay, Ireland1 contribution
Aug 2020 • Family
First of all the Cliffs of Moher are the most beautiful place I have ever seen. I visited the Cliffs of Moher today along with my 2 daughters & my husband. I would just like to say I have never left a review like this before but it cannot go without saying that I cannot commend the staff employed at this place enough! They went above and beyond to help anyone who needed it, we were safely guided into the carpark off of the very busy road by the multiple carpark attendants who then answered all our queries while in the queue. The area was busy however it was very well managed and everybody was asked to wear face coverings while inside which was encouraging! A lovely man in a yellow t shirt directed us in the direction of the visitor centre where he’d organised for us to use the bathrooms as we were in a very long queue for the other ones! While on my visit I realised I had actually left my phone inside my car which my husband had taken to return to our AirBNB in Lehinch after the walk! The very friendly carpark attendant named Hanna then allowed me to use her phone to call him! This was an amazing visitor experience and we are beyond grateful for the kindness taken by every person we met along our 2 hour visit! Definitely will be recommending to others in our home town! And I notice the bad reviews below mine which may be true however the fee at entrance was explained to us as an admission fee which then covered our whole visit with no other charges and we were also told we can reuse our ticket for the next 7 days! €20 for a family for a weeks visit in an absolutely beautiful area is little for the amazing service we received!
Thank you everyone I met along our visit! I wish I had time to get all of your names.
Aoife O’Loughlin.
Written August 3, 2020
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Hi Aoife, Thank you for your review. We really appreciate your feedback. I will pass on your kind words to Hannah and all the team. We encourage all visitors to pre-book their tickets on our website, you are then guaranteed entry and you can also save on your admission by booking and visiting off-peak i.e. before 11 am or after 4 pm, it is also much quieter onsite at these times as well. I hope you & your family enjoy the rest of your staycation. We continue to make improvements to the Visitor Experience so I hope you will visit again soon! Slán go Fóill!
Written August 4, 2020
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