Clonmacnoise
Clonmacnoise
4.5
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  • Katherine C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and historical site
    I visited with friends from overseas and the visit started off so well with the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. The little museum is excellent and the audiovisual film was so good to see first before we went on our tour outside. The tour guide was excellent, it was such a successful trip, I would recommend it to anyone.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 22, 2023
  • jb
    Ballincollig, Ireland6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous site
    Visited and toured the site with Aidan as our guide. His knowledge and presentation of the information was excellent. He is highly entertaining as he provided the information relating to the various buildings and artefacts. Highly recommend a visit
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 4, 2023
  • Susan E
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History of Monastary
    Walking back through history , some of the best Celtic crosses, Catholic Monastary from 6 th century, Pope John Paul visit in 20th. Stopping often to absorb the history while looking over the River Shannon, watching boats, swans, and fisherman. Staff were exceptional, took time to help on a small project I had . Souvenir shop had large selection, and again a very helpful cashier - took time to chat and share thank you !
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 20, 2023
  • Paul O
    County Monaghan, Ireland5,305 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ireland top Monastic site
    Irelands top monastic situated on the banks of the river Shannon makes for a very enjoyable visit. You first enter the visitors centre and there is a 20 minute video on the history of Saint Ciaran and the Clonmacnoise site. The visitor centre also holds the 3 high crosses, with the most impressive being the Cross of the Scriptures. After the visitor centre you enter the main site where the highlights include a High Tower and the roofless remains of the sites main Cathedral and Temple Ciaran. You also get nice views of the Shannon when walking around the site. The main site contains bathrooms and there is a decent size car park.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 5, 2024
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O'Brien G
Athlone, Ireland730 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Recently we made a return visit to Clonmacnoise as a small family group. We had to book online and we were informed that there were no guided tours or visits to the Visitor Centre. However, the site was fully opened and physical distancing was very straightforward. This is an outdoor experience so dress for the weather. Be warned it can be a windy spot with the winds coming off the River Shannon but it is always beautiful.
Clonmacnoise is one of the most important and most spectacular series of monastic ruins in Ireland. Founded by St. Ciaran in 548AD it went on to become an important site which prospered until the 17th Century. The evidence for the story of Clonmacnoise is contained in the very stones themselves - from the impressive Cross of the Scriptures, which is one of the finest surviving High Crosses in Ireland to the Round Tower and the impressive range of church buildings dating from the 10th to the 17th centuries.
It is well worth going through the modern cemetery to view the beautifully restored Nuns' Chapel, which lies outside the main monastic site.
The very informative leaftlet allows you to appreciate the various features that combine to make this site so important.
Clonmacnoise is a beautiful place to visit at any time. Approaching it by water is magical - and very easy to see why St. Ciaran selected this wonderful 'Quiet watered land' as a location for his monastery.
The shop sells refreshments and a nice range of souvenirs etc.
If you find this review interesting / useful I would appreciate your helpful vote. Thank you.
Written September 8, 2020
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jbienst
Maryland162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We needed something to break up the drive from Galway to Dublin and our B&B host suggested this site. What a great choice. What such impressive artifacts are doing at a little rural museum is unclear. I am amazed that the three large Celtic crosses that are more than 1000 years old aren’t in the National Museum of Ireland - Archeology. The ruined churches and towers are also impressive. Would also recommend the short 500 meter walk through the old and then the modern graveyard out to the lane where after a short walk you arrive at the ruins of another church.
Written June 3, 2023
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301lisa33
Coventry, UK1,941 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This is an ancient monastic site, with several building relics, in a gorgeous location just above the river Shannon. (We arrived by cruiser on the river: moorings are available.) There is little interpretation outside the 'museum', so try to join a guide or watch their video. Interesting. The pope visited whn in Ireland
Written August 3, 2022
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jb
Ballincollig, Ireland6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Visited and toured the site with Aidan as our guide. His knowledge and presentation of the information was excellent. He is highly entertaining as he provided the information relating to the various buildings and artefacts.

Highly recommend a visit
Written August 4, 2023
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Sue J
Bath, UK84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Visited here on our way back to Dublin from Galway and it was well worth the detour. It's a beautiful and peaceful site that feels very special and with an interesting history which is well documented in the small museum and on the video. So glad we went here
Written June 7, 2022
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Katherine C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
I visited with friends from overseas and the visit started off so well with the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff. The little museum is excellent and the audiovisual film was so good to see first before we went on our tour outside. The tour guide was excellent, it was such a successful trip, I would recommend it to anyone.
Written June 22, 2023
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WestSydney
Bundanoon, Australia541 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We visited on a sunny perfect weather day. We arrived after a 90minute boat ride on Viking Cruises from Athlone. The site is beautifully preserved and presented. You can walk around the site looking at the various buildings and graves. It has an interesting museum and a 20minute film on the site (very interesting and recommended), on the day we went the cafe was not opened and there really isn’t anywhere else to buy food except for a souvenir shop. The site would be limited for those with accessibility issues though the museum and some outdoor areas would be accessible. Clean toilets. As part of the Viking cruise they provide a bus back to Athlone.
Written May 12, 2023
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Astrid L
176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Amazing site, with so much history. The visitor's center was great, even though the movie was a bit on the boring side, it was informative. (would be nice to see it updated - it was very obviously made in the late 80's/early 90's). Walking around the site, you could feel the history everywhere. Absolutely worth the visit. The original Celtic high crosses are fantastic.
Written April 25, 2022
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Janette M
Limerick, Ireland498 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
On our visit restrictions have been lifted BUT social distancing meant we couldn't visit the visitors centre or had a guide. So we literally saw the historical buildings. I had wanted to do this since childhood as clonmacnoise was in all of the history books going to school. I was delighted to see it's location and preservation!! Will definitely return in better times!!
Written July 22, 2020
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Mags
130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
Definitely worth the detour. Clonmacnoise is simply breathtaking. It's position along the River Shannon is magical, Inwas fortunate to see the see sun set while I was here and it was just stunning. Wander around this heritage site, take a moment and enjoy its peaceful atmosphere.
Written January 5, 2022
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