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A spectacular monastery on the banks of the river Shannon

10:00 - 17:30

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A spectacular monastery on the banks of the river Shannon

10:00 - 17:30

See all opening times

Limited Access

Open daily from 10:00-17:30, last admission 17:00, carpark barriers closed at 17.30. Access to outside spaces only. Self-guided visit only. Toilets available.
Coffee shop closed.
The bus park will be closed from the 18th June 2021 until further notice due to remodelling works taking place. There will be parking available for cars during this period


Adult : €8.00
Group / Senior : €6.00
Child / Student : €4.00
Family : €20.00

All groups must be pre booked.

One-way directional system in operation.
Please note: car park barrier closes at 17:30 each day.
The use of drones is prohibited.


Getting here

Co. Offaly
N37 V292

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St Ciarán founded his monastery on the banks of the River Shannon in the 6th Century.  The monastery flourished and became a great seat of learning, a University of its time with students from all over Europe.

The ruins include a Cathedral, two round Towers, three high crosses, nine Churches and over 700 Early Christian graveslabs.

The original high crosses, including the magnificent 10th century Cross of the Scriptures area on display in a purpose built visitor centre adjacent the monastic enclosure.


An audiovisual presentation will give you an insight into the history of this hallowed space.

Opening Times

Open all Year

10:00 – 17:30

Last admission 17:00, Car Park Closes at 17:30

Average Length of Visit 1.5 hours.

Seasonal Opening Times

November – Mid March

Daily 10:00 – 17:30

Mid March – May

Daily 10:00 – 17:30

June – August

Daily 10:00 – 17:30

September – October

Daily 10:00 – 17:30


Please note that this is a very busy site and visitors may experience a delay during the summer months.

Closed 25 & 26 December



Co. Offaly
N37 V292

00353 (0)90 9674195

Getting Here

21km from Athlone signposted from the N62 or 20km from Ballinasloe signposted from the R357.

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  • Baby Changing
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Brochure
  • Car park
  • Coach parking
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilet
  • WiFi


  • Appropriate footwear
  • Assistance dogs only
  • Drones are prohibited
  • Low Doorways
  • No Drones
  • Uneven Surfaces

Social Guide

Download, print and read our social guide (PDF) about visiting Clonmacnoise. This will help first-time visitors, families and people with developmental and learning disabilities to prepare for a visit to Clonmacnoise.

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