An Early Christian site founded by St. Ciarán in the mid-6th century on the eastern bank of the River Shannon. The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches (10th -13th century), two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian graveslabs in Western Europe. The original high crosses and a selection of graveslabs are on display in the visitor centre.
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.
21km from Athlone signposted from the N62 or 20km from Ballinasloe signposted from the R357.
53.32536856o N, 7.98703372o W.
Private operators only.
Max No: 60
Duration: 30 minutes
Irish, English, German, Italian, Spanish and French.
Annual Church of Ireland Open-Air service on the last Sunday in July
Annual St. Ciarán's Pattern Day on the third Sunday in September
Please contact site as dates may change
Permitted, except in the audiovisual theatre. Permit required for commercial purposes
Name: Ciarán's City Fair
Duration: 20 minutes
Languages: English, German, Italian, French
Centre is fully accessible for visitors with disabilities
Site access is limited for visitors with disabilities
Please note that this is a very busy site and visitors may experience a delay during the summer months
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