The Clifden Station House hotel in Connemara, located in the heart of Clifden town is the perfect base for your holiday in Connemara, Co. Galway. With our luxurious bedrooms, fantastic Leisure Club & Spa, unique dining experiences in the Station House Restaurant and the Signal Bar, and of course our legendary Kids Club with Cinema, Theatre and Drama Workshops, the only thing you will be short of is time to squeeze everything in!
Clifden Station House Courtyard Shopping & Museum
Located in the restored station buildings surrounding the hotel, the Station House shopping and museum experience is a must! Whether its fine art in Clifden Antiques, high fashion in Design Platform or indeed a pampering session in Renew Spa or Hedz, it’s all on your doorstep, and you can finish it all off with a Latte and heavenly cakes in Steam Cafe.
Brigit’s Garden, Roscahill
Brigit’s Garden has developed an excellent reputation as a must-see attraction. The unique, Celtic-themed gardens appeal to a wide-range of domestic and overseas visitors, not just to garden-lovers. Brigit’s Garden offers a magical experience and is a great introduction to Celtic heritage. It is popular with visiting adults and senior citizens, and is also very family-friendly with lots to entertain children. We have an excellent café and gift shop as well. Please see www.brigitsgarden.ie for further information and photographs.
Dan O’Hara Homestead
Located near Clifden overlooked by the majestic Twelve Ben Mountains, Dan O’Hara’s Homestead shares the history, heritage, culture & traditions of Connemara. The centre is based around the restored pre-famine cottage of Dan O’Hara who was forced to emigrate in the 1840′s when he was evicted from his home. There is an audio visual Story and reconstructions of a crannog, ring fort & clochaun. One of the highlights of the centre is the guided tour to the Hilltop View and the visit to Dan O’ Hara’s Cottage.
Connemara National Park
Located 11 miles north of Clifden, Connemara National Park is a must-see for visitors to the area. When you first see the park, watched over by its mountain, Diamond Hill, you will be impressed by its stunning natural beauty. Take time to enjoy self-guided tours, picnic area, audio visual show and exhibition on Connemara’s Landscape.
Built around 1810 by Clifden’s founder John D’Arcy, it was once his residence. A walk to Clifden Castle is essential. It is approached through a beautiful entrance arch and gothic walls along a winding avenue edged with a series of 5 standing stones (only one is original). Clifden Castle is now a romantic ruin overlooking Clifden Bay.
Killary Fjord & Killary Cruises
Irelands only Fjord, this truly is a sight to be seen, whether viewed from the many vantage points on your route through the valley, or indeed on one of the many boat trips that can be taken, either way it’s a must see on any trip to beautiful Connemara. Take a cruise with Killary Cruises and their purpose built cruise ship which has been designed to offer the maximum comfort and safety to our guests, and also to offer them uninterrupted views of the spectacular scenery which makes the Killary such a unique place to visit.
Killary Adventure Centre
Located just outside Leenane, Connemara, Co. Galway, Killary Adventure Centre offers land and water based activities for all ages.
The villages of Connemara
Leenane, home to the film adaptation of the great John B. Keanes “The Field”, is well worth a stop. Roundstone Fishing Village, a Connemara gem, and home to Ireland’s Master Bodhran maker, Malachy Kearns – head for the Franciscan monastery and learn all there is to know about this unique Irish instrument.
Home to the Benedictine Nuns, Kylemore Abbey was built as a castle in 1868 in the Irish neo-gothic style. A trip to the Abbey is a must on your Connemara itinerary, with its beautifully restored rooms, church and of course the famous Victorian walled garden, set against the rugged beauty of the Connemara wilds, it’s positively enchanting. The Craft and Retail Shop at Kylemore is known worldwide, stocking a unique range of goods to satisfy every taste.