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Clifden is the perfect base to explore Connemara’s rich landscape and heritage putting you right in the centre of all the action.
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Twelve miles from Clifden stands Kylemore Abbey. It is one of the more recently built structures in Ireland to be classed as an abbey, built between 1863 and 1868. As such, it has a whiff of fairy tale about it, its turrets and battlements from a bygone age. Originally a residence – the dream home of a Manchester businessman who fell in love with the area – it is today a convent and possibly the most photographed building in the West of Ireland. Its gardens have recently begun to be restored from a veritable jungle to the pleasure grounds they were once known as. A little closer to Clifden, you will reach Letterfrack – the village chosen by Marconi as the location for his transatlantic wireless receiver station between Nova Scotia in Canada and Europe. The station was destroyed during the Irish Civil War, and Marconi set up a station in its stead in Wales. Closer still to Clifden is Lettershea, with the Connemara Heritage Centre. The grounds of the museum contain reconstructions of homes of Ireland’s past peoples: A dolmen tomb, a ring fort and a thatched cottage among them. Speaking of architecture, Clifden itself has two churches, one Roman Catholic and the other Protestant. The view from the Protestant church is the more impressive. Clifden’s layout follows a nineteenth century town plan – its three main streets are Main Street (on which stands Market Square), Market Street and Bridge Street form a triangular pattern. In mid August, Clifden plays host to the Connemara Pony Show. If you’re there out of season, however, Clifden’s Station House Museum features a history of the same Connemara ponies. At the end of September another festival takes place – Clifden arts week. Clifden has a number of pubs that offer live music – modern folk, blues, bluegrass, traditional, Country & Western and local singer songwriters (who may be of any genre) are just some of the kinds of music that you’ll be likely to find in the venues if the area.

Attractions Clifden Ireland

Athenry - Mediaval Town with Arts and Heritage Centre - Athenry

Amedieval town situated 23km from Galway City is steeped in history. Founded in the 13th century by Meiler de Birmingham, who surrounded the town with a curtain wall with towers and a moat. It is the only walled town in Ireland whose still-intact walls are clearly visible to the approaching visitor

Athenry Castle - Athenry

Athenry is one of the most notable medieval walled towns surviving in Ireland, owing its foundation to Meiler de Bermingham who built his Castle there c.1250. The great three-storey tower, surrounded by defensive walls, is entered at first-floor level through an unusual decorated doorway. Recently re-roofed, the interior contains an audio visual room and exhibition.

Aughnanure Castle Galway - Oughterard

Built by the O'Flahertys c. 1500, Aughnanure Castle lies in picturesque surroundings close to the shores of Lough Corrib. Standing on what is virtually a rocky island, the Castle is a particularly well-preserved example of an Irish tower house. In addition, visitors will find the remains of a banqueting hall, a watch tower, an unusual double bawn and bastions and a dry harbour.

Battle of Aughrim Interpretative Centre - Aughrim

Relive the bloodiest battle in Irish history fought in a small Connaught village. Move back in time and place to that fateful day in 1691 through an audio-visual show based on the moving account of Captain Walter Dalton who fought at the Battle of Aughrim.

Clifden in West Galway - Clifden

The location of the landing of the first Trans-Atlantic air crossing by Alcock and Brown. A very scenic part of Ireland.