Burren Nature Sanctuary & Cafe

Burren Nature Sanctuary & Cafe

Burren Nature Sanctuary & Cafe
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Burren Nature Sanctuary is the interpretive centre for the biodiversity of the Burren. Enjoy the walks through shattered limestone pavement, walk the ancient boreen to the Disappearing Lake, learn about the orchid rich wildflower meadow, pass a ruined famine village and enjoy the magical hazel woodland. Visit the Burren Botany Bubble (contact us for a free mini introduction to Burren botany) Meet the friendly farm pets or book a walk with Emilia the pig! Stay onsite. Check website for opening hours. Admission: Adults €8, Age 3 €8, Age 4+ €13, Over 65s €8 Prebook group tours by email
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Sinead
Loughrea, Ireland350 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Came here last week in August with 3 kids aged 8,7 and 5. We booked online the morning of visiting. On entry we had to wear masks and use disinfectant for hands. Names and contact no.taken, kids went to the playground first, its a brilliant playground, kids loved the double zipline and had fun doing races against each other. Really cool slide fully inclosed great for Irish weather so you don't get wet going down it. Also a really good sand area. Once it started raining we went to the inside play area, again measures done to ensure correct social distancing. Kids had so much fun, then we had our picnic in the room adjacent to it which
had tables spaced appropriately, once rain ended we went to look at the animals , did the fairy trail and the walk around. Kids loved the whole thing. Great set up. Esp in good weather you could put in the whole day, we were there for 3 hrs.

Written August 26, 2020
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Nomad27356401215
Thank you so much for the great review we really appreciate it, its a boost for the staff in difficult times :)
Written August 30, 2020
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P H
6 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
We visited this afternoon. The sun was shining with the odd light shower (normal Irish summer) plenty to see and do whatever the weather and plenty of sheltered spots in including an indoor play centre and outdoor play area. The walks by the animals were well organised and dry under foot. My only criticism the animal food was expensive but happy to pay if it contributes to the upkeep, certainly contributed to our enjoyment with 4 yr old grandchild. The walks are easy although probably not adult wheelchair friendly (they don't claim to be!) Loved the fairy walk! It wasn't too crowded but there's plenty of space for all. Check the website for attractions, all worth seeing at no extra cost easy to find and free parking. Team were friendly and helpful, cafe with snacks very welcome! Spotlessly clean and we'll maintained, absolutely worth the entry cost. We'll definitely be back.
Written August 24, 2022
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Thank you very much for the lovely review
Written October 3, 2022
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Aideen
Galway, Ireland5 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
What a beautiful little spot. Visited today, first time in a couple of years and left with a nostalgia for a nature filled childhood. Great indoor play area with café, overlooking a larger playground outdoors. Follow a well kept trail past horses, alpaca, llama, pigs, goats and guinea pigs. On then to the fairy village in the woods, a long walk surrounded by trees, bushes and flowers, the gypsy caravan and lots of information boards around to highlight what you can keep an eye out for if you hadn't already spotted them. Am local and will certainly be back very soon. Well done BNS!
Written August 20, 2022
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Thank you very much for the lovely review
Written October 3, 2022
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Charliemakes5
Dublin, Ireland187 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
We visited on a rare dry day in August and did the Fairy Pig walk. Mary was a super host and worked hard to engage our teen and tween. Included in the ticket price for the pig walk is access to the centre. I would recommend people plan there day accordingly and get the best value for the entry fee.
The new Covid regulations have made things so difficult for small businesses to get back up and running. Mary and her family have obviously made that effort and we were delighted to be able to support them. Thanks for looking after us and good luck to the new pigs in your care.
Written August 22, 2020
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Nomad27356401215
Thank you so much for the fabulous review, we really appreciate you understanding how difficult it has been to reopen. Many local sites couldn't manage it with the restrictions. So glad you enjoyed your visit. Mary
Written August 30, 2020
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Nadine O
County Galway, Ireland1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Family
I've been here a few times before but today they had blocked off half the walk, only the fairy walk and the way to the animals was open. Dogs are welcomed as long as kept on a leash and cleaned up after. I was sitting outside at the picnic tables and had my children friendly dog beside me tied to the fence. He was not able to move from his place or go near anyone. I was told he had to go or we can sit outside the playground, where I would be unable to mind my children at the playground. Apparently children were afraid, but there were no other children in the playground at that time. I was very disappointed by the price I paid for the service I got.
Written August 15, 2022
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Hi Nadine, I am sorry that you were disappointed about the dog. Dogs are welcome on the paths and in the waterfall garden. We are not allowed dogs in the playground or inside the building due to insurance. I am sorry that this was not explained to you better at the time, most of our staff now are young people that may not be confident explaining this to an adult. I would hope you might review your star rating as it seriously effects the business that is struggling to get back on its feet since Covid. A lot of attractions do not allow dogs so we are quite unusual in welcoming 'good dogs on a short lead with a poo bag' in most areas. We always aim to give a five star service
Written October 3, 2022
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DJBallincollig
Ballincollig, Ireland52 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
We come to The Burren every year but we certainly won't be back here. I realise that things are limited with reopening after Covid but..... I'll sum it up with my daughter's words to me at the end of our visit. " Dad I really appreciate that you brought us here but we've you've paid almost €40 for a pretty walk"
It was a lovely walk. But over priced. We went to a similar place in another county and it cost half of today's visit. And I've just looked over some of the reviews here too. And you'd do well to take on board the opinions of people who have paid good money and then taken time to express their views rather than informing them of why they are incorrect. 10% of reviews are 3 stars or less. 30% are outside the excellent bracket. That's a big margin for improvement.
Written July 11, 2020
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Dear DJ, Our admission ticket allows all day access to Burren Nature Sanctuary with looped nature trails around the wildflower meadows, limestone and woodland with interpretive panels mobile audio guide, Burren Film and the botancial exhibit in the Botany Bubble. It also includes walks through the fairy woodlands and meet and feed the animals, and access to indoor and outdoor adventure playgrounds. Visitors tend stay for at least a half a day and enjoy the walks, botany exhibit, animal handling and use of the play areas and find 39 euro for a family day pass to be very good value. At present this is €10 less than our nearest competitor and they limit visit time to 2 hours. Those who visit regularly benefit from our annual membership which allows two adults free per card and 25 / 50% discount on child tickets. If you would like to contact us we would be happy to provide more details on membership. Again we are sorry that you did not experience the full extent of what Burren Nature Sanctuary has to offer on your recent visit as it is great value and there is lots to do and see for visitors of all ages. We are not an open farm and the animals (most of which are adopted/rescued/retired) complement the experience at Burren Nature Sanctuary. However we do have 4cows, 5 donkeys, 5 horses, 2 pigs, 7 goats, 4 rabbits, 2 ducks, 1 Llama, 1 alpaca, 20 guinea pigs not to mention the wildlife around the trails! We understand that price is upmost in everyones mind at present and many places (including the nearby Dunguaire Castle) have not reopened due to the cost of implementing Covid procedures, cleaning regimes and sanitation. It is very easy to give a 2 star review but very damaging to a small family business struggling to keep the doors open. We have many 5 star reviews and with a 4.9 star rating on facebook (over 10,000 page likes) and 4.9 rating on Airbnb experiences. We are sorry if the price is too much for some families at this difficult time but our margins are very tight and we have lost 4 months of high season meaning that getting through next winter will be challenging. Perhaps you would like to avail of the family membership to experience the great discount this offers at Burren Nature Sanctuary Thank you
Written August 6, 2020
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Elaine
Dublin, Ireland35 contributions
Aug 2020
We visited the Burren Nature Sanctuary on what was supposed to be the worst weather day of the holiday. I was dreading the day but it turned out to be the highlight of the holiday for me.

Such a beautiful place. Well organised in terms of response to Covid19.

Lots to do - animals at the petting farm, a brilliant fairy forest trail that is cleverly thought out, tours with the animals, lovely different sheltered areas throughout the Sanctuary for you to sit and enjoy the beauty.

An amazing playground with lots for every age group.

The pizzas looked amazing! (Our daughter can't eat pizza - but it's the only thing that they are serving at the moment so come prepared) The beauty of the all day ticket is that you could go into Kinvara and get something to eat and go back to the park if you wanted.

There are loads of picnic areas too.

Definitely worth a visit. And if we lived locally I'd certainly become a member because I would love to visit often.

100% recommend.
Written August 13, 2020
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Nomad27356401215
Thank you so much for such a lovely kind review
Written August 30, 2020
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Jojomojo123
Barna, Ireland24 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Mary (owner) took our family including my very excited 9 year old son, on a walk around the grounds with Amelia the pig. She was so kind to the kids and really helped create an experience they will never forget. It can’t be easy to keep going in Covid times but Mary was a delight. Thank you!
Written June 5, 2021
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Cheryl A
140 contributions
We had a wonderful time here today, and my daughter thoroughly enjoyed taking Emilia the Pig for a walk— you can join Emilia for a walk Sundays at 11:00am, otherwise you can book a private walk through Airbnb Experiences. We also fed the goats, sheep, and llamas, and pet some bunnies and guinea pigs.

Then, we went for the Burren walk, which was very pleasant and not overly strenuous. Many signs educate visitors about local flora and fauna. The fairy walk through the hazel trees is charming; the area served as inspiration for the writer W.B. Yeats. There’s an audio tour of the Burren walk when you download a free app.

Afterwards, we had lunch at the café, and we all enjoyed our fare very much— I had carrot and coriander soup with brown bread, my husband had a beautiful raspberry scone and coffee, and my daughter had the pasta and meatballs off the kids menu.

There are both outdoor and indoor playgrounds for children, and a small gift shop area, where I bought goat and llama stuffies for my nieces. The staff were very helpful and friendly. It cost €27 for me, my husband, and my daughter, and it was well worth it. A real gem.
Written August 11, 2019
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stuart h
Monaghan, Ireland11 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
Recommended this place by the very friendly staff at Slieve Aughty riding school it did not disappoint! There was so much to do from the the kids play park to the walks and the restaurant was a revelation,good quality filling food at a very reasonable price thoroughly recommend this gem of a place
Written August 20, 2016
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