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Clonmacnoise

Category: Families, Outdoors, Culture, Sightseeing

Type: Castles, Historic Homes & Sites, Visitor Centres, Churches & Cathedrals, General Attractions

Clonmacnoise
Shannonbridge
Co Offaly
Tel: +353 90 967 4195

Please mention ireland-guide.com when enquiring.

Includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches, two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian graveslabs in Western Europe.

Clonmacnoise

Clonmacnoise is an Early Christian site founded by St. Ciarán in the mid-6th century on the eastern bank of the River Shannon. The strategic location of the monastery helped it become a major centre of religion, learning, craftsmanship and trade by the 9th century and together with Clonard it was the most famous in Ireland, visited by scholars from all over Europe.

Artisans associated with Clonmacnoise created some of the most beautiful and enduring artworks in metal and stone ever seen in Ireland, with the Clonmacnoise Crozier (on display in the National Museum of Ireland) and the Cross of the Scriptures representing the apex of their efforts.

The Clonmacnoise site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches, two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian graveslabs in Western Europe. Most of the churches have recently undergone comprehensive conservation works, mostly re-pointing.

The long and varied history of Clonmacnoise is recounted in an audiovisual presentation shown in the visitor centre. There are also exhibitions that deal with the flora, fauna and landscape of the region.

Opening Time:

Open Daily year round (closed 25&26 Dec); November-mid March 10am-5.30pm; mid March-May 10am-6pm; June-August 9am-7pm; September-October 10am-6pm. Last admission is 45mins before closing.

Admission Charge:

Adults €6; Child/Student €2; OAP/Group €4; Family €14.
Clonmacnoise - Shannonbridge County Offaly Ireland
Clonmacnoise - Shannonbridge County Offaly Ireland
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21km from Athlone signposted from the N62 or 20km from Ballinasloe signposted from the R357.

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