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“A good place to get oriented to Connemara”

Connemara Heritage and History Centre
Ranked #11 of 33 things to do in Clifden
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

We always visit this Centre when we come to Connemara. It's free, and it's well done. There is a small museum which explains the geography and history of the moor, and a tea room where you can get refreshments, with a court yard with picnic tables to eat in. Surrounding the centre are three different trails through the park of varying levels of difficulty. It is rough walking: uphill, over rocks, on low bridges built over bogs, and completely out in the open. On a recent visit we were caught by a cold, driving rain halfway through the trail. Do take advantage of the free guided walk on the first level trail. It's very interesting, and the guide will point out to you things you won't necessarily notice if you do this trail alone. Recently red deer have been re-introduced back into the park, and there is a field with a Connemara pony mare and her most recent foal near the beginning of the three trails. A fourth trail takes you through woodlands where a variety of plant life grows, in contrast to the starkness of the three open moorland trails. There is also a small building which serves as a theatre where you can view a 20-minute film about Connemara, and it's very worthwhile. If you have any interest in Connemara at all, or if you just want some good hikes, this is the best place to do it.

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

It was neat to learn about the agriculture, music, and lifestyles that was historic Ireland. The owners were great people and were very enthusiastic about their past and teaching it to others. Very worth your time if you are interested in learning more about the Irish/Gaelic culture.

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Reviewed June 25, 2013

There isn't a lot to do in Connemara, though it is a beautiful region. Stop by to view a video about the history of the region and see an old homeplace. We came up to Dan O'Hara's homeplace as a tour group was leaving, and we had the area all to ourself. Hang back from the tour group for a more peaceful and less crowded experience.

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Reviewed June 20, 2013

Wonderful location, close to Clifden and many other sites to visit. Very interesting history, video and museum, tour to Dan O'Hara's cottage --- lots to do.

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Reviewed May 13, 2013

Two kids and us we did the blue trail, hubby climbed all the way to the top, kids park is great and the two women in cafe were so lovely.

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