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“For the slightly adventurous- we enjoyed it” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Marconi Station

Marconi Station
Ranked #9 of 27 things to do in Clifden
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
“For the slightly adventurous- we enjoyed it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

The Alcock and Brown landing site and the Marconi Station sites were only a mile or so from our holiday house in Ballyconneely – six miles south of Clifden- where we were staying during our recent visit to Ireland. We drove down a lane, had to open a gate, drive through, and then close the gate, and then drive out to the site.
These sites are located right next to each other and you take the same route to both. Note there is literally no room to pull over if you were to meet a vehicle that was leaving- and you would have to back up. I believe at least part of the road was originally a roadbed for a small railroad- the road is elevated. You could also park your car before the gate mentioned and walk from there- although it would be a good hike.
ALCOCK and BROWN Landing Site:
This site, located right next to the Marconi Station site, includes a large white obelisk monument in the bog, marking the approximate area where Alcock and Brown crashed landed their plane in the flat bog surrounding this site after making the first trans-Atlantic flight. While they could have landed in a better place farther east, they were anxious to land first in Europe, as there were competitors trying to do the same thing- and a 10,000 Sterling Pound prize! They were likely attracted by the Marconi station site and probably realized that the news of their successful landing could be broadcast around the world from this site. Because they essentially crashed landed in the bog, they were unable to fly the plane out and had it trucked out instead. While there is not much else to see here- the view of the area is nice.
Now, there is a corresponding site due west and on the highest point in the area which is also a monument to Alcock and Brown. I think reviewers get confused as to which location they are reviewing but the landing site and Marconi station are physically in the same area while the monument- in the shape of an airplane tail fin- is about a mile away to the west. The view there is great and the tail fin points directly to the actual landing site.
You’re either really going to enjoy this or you’re going to think it’s boring with nothing really there. So, read up on this site before visiting. We picked up 'Clifden- A Guide' which outlines 13 sites or drives in the area to visit and had an informative article about the Marconi Station and a picture of the site when the buildings were still there. We thought this place was pretty neat and enjoyed the historical perspective. After reading about the Marconi Station, you can imagine something like a secret military base, employing 150 or so; electrical sparks flashing at night; small trains bringing out supplies, and more. The station was essentially destroyed during the Civil War in Ireland in 1922 and was not rebuilt, because technology had changed and it was less expensive for Marconi to locate elsewhere.
This is a visit that appeals to a select few and my wife and I are in that group. Visiting a place like this is like an adventure. There is not much out there- a marker, and concrete remains, lots of sheep- and you have to let your imagination take over. There is no fee to get in; there are no “facilities”, and certainly there is no gift shop! We enjoyed it and recommend it to those who are slightly adventurous. I'll submit this review to the Alcock & Brown site also, with some different pictures.

Visited September 2013
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Thousand Oaks
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31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Marconi Station”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2013

Nestled in a preserved parkland area so magnificent a walk about. Also the area was the landing site for the first non-stop cross Atlantic flight

Visited August 2013
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Delightfully fresh fish and seafood.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

We ate at Marconis our first night in Clifden and liked it so much we returned again just a few days later. The seafood chowder was fantastic as well as the fresh Hake prepared in a yummy light cream sauce. My husband ordered a seafood pasta dish that was to die for. My fish was accompanied by fresh carrots, mashed turnips, potatoes, and fresh bread. We splurged and had chocolate cake with our coffee and it was phenomenal.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Odrisceoilgirl
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Rohnert Park, California
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“good food, poor service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2012

We were recommended this restaurant for dinner and it was excellent -- as far as the food was concerned. The service needed a lot of help; the waiters were always harried and we felt stressed trying to get our orders to them. They forgot to bring coffee, and had to be reminded or flagged down for everything. Very disappointing, as the food from the kitchen was first rate.

Visited July 2012
1 Thank Dkiehne
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“It is just a site!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2012

This is up the same farm track as the Alcock and Brown landing site and is not really suitable for cars. The scenery is amazing but I could not see much evidence of the actual wireless site, maybe I was looking at the wrong place! There is certainly a sense of history about the place and it is strange that it is such a deserted place for such historic events to have occurred.

Thank markusTyrone
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