Visit the Ruins of Clonmacnoise in Co Offaly

Calling all history buffs! Are you interested in ancient Irish history, and are you looking for something unique to see and do on your next day off? If so, make sure to visit the famous Clonmacnoise, when travelling around Ireland! The site was established as a monastery by St Ciaran, way back in the 6th century, and was an important centre for learning in that era.

What are the best ruins in Ireland?

The island is scattered with ruins of castles and monastic sites, dating back centuries. One of the best-preserved and important is Clonmacnoise in Co Offaly.

The monastery contains ruins of a cathedral, high crosses, nine churches and two unique round towers! There is also a visitor centre located on the site, where visitors can learn all about the people who lived and worshipped there, all down to the food they ate and grew! Along with this, there is an original 10th century high cross sculpture in the visitor centre. So, what are you waiting for? If this sounds like the perfect day out for you, then make sure you visit the fantastic monastic site of Clonmacnoise!

  • Open all year round.
  • Toilet facilities.
  • Adult admission is €8. 

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