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A spectacular monastery on the banks of the river Shannon


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A spectacular monastery on the banks of the river Shannon


See all opening times

Carpark barriers close at 17:00.
The audio-visual display, museum and site are fully open to ticketholders.
Toilets available to ticketholders only.
Coffee shop closed.
The use of drones is prohibited.
Car parking is available.


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

It is advisable to purchase tickets in advance of your visit through the link below.


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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, apart from Christmas

Closed 24, 25, 26 December

Average Length of Visit 1.5 hours.

Seasonal Opening Times

November – January

Daily 10:00 – 17:00

Last admission 16:00

Car Park barrier closes 17:00

February - Mid March

Daily 10:00 – 17:30

Last admission 16:45

Car Park barrier closes 17:30

Mid March - October

Daily 10:00 – 17:30

Last admission 17:00

Car Park barrier closes 18:00


Car park barrier closes at 17:00

Site is fully open with access to the museum and audio-visual theatre .

Toilet facilities available to ticketholders.

Coffee shop closed for 2022 and 2023

Car parking is available.

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


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
  • Picnic Area
  • 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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