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Clonmacnoise, Co. Offaly
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30 mins by car
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From €4.00

Clonmacnoise is an early Christian site founded by St Ciaran from the mid-6th century on the eastern bank of the River Shannon. It is undoubtedly one of Ireland’s best tourist attractions. Here you can explore Ireland’s richest monastic site which includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches that date between the 10th and 13th centuries, two perfectly preserved round towers, three high crosses, and the biggest collection of Early Christian grave slabs in Western Europe.

By the 8th century, Clonmacnoise became one of the most important monastic centres in early Christian Ireland as it was a centre of learning excellence, and many manuscripts, including the Annals of Tighernach and the Book of the Dun Cow were written there.

Clonmacnoise Location

Clonmacnoise is based in Clonmacnoise, Shannonbridge, County Offaly, merely 30 minutes’ drive from Prince of Wales Hotel. You can also travel from Athlone to Clonmacnoise by boat via Viking Tours – making your experience to Ireland’s Ancient East even more special.

Clonmacnoise provides guided tours which last up to 30 minutes and audio/video presentation which last 20 minutes and are available in English, German, Italian, and French.

Clonmacnoise Opening Hours:

  • November to mid-March: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
  • Mid-March to May: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • June to August: 9:00 am to 6:30 pm
  • September to October: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Closed on 25th and 26th December.
  • The last admission is 45 minutes before closing.

Clonmacnoise Entrance Fee: Adult €8, Senior/Group €6, Child/Student €4, Family €20

Contact Details

Clonmacnoise Email: Phone: +353 909674195

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Attraction Details

Clonmacnoise, Co. Offaly