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A spectacular monastery on the banks of the river Shannon

10:00 - 17:00

See all opening times


A spectacular monastery on the banks of the river Shannon

10:00 - 17:00

See all opening times

Limited Access

The site is open to those living within 5km of Clonmacnoise.
The visitor centre including toilets, museum, audio - visual and coffee shop are closed.
Please enter as directed.
The use of drones is prohibited.


Adult : €4.00
Group / Senior : €3.00
Child / Student : €2.00
Family : €10.00

All groups must be pre booked.

All Tickets must be purchased online, No Tickets available for purchase in the visitor centre.

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 – 17:00

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 – 17:00

Mid March – May

Daily 10:00 – 17:00

June – August

Daily 10:00 – 17:00

September – October

Daily 10:00 – 17:00


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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  • AV presentation
  • Baby Changing
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Brochure
  • Coach parking
  • Exhibition
  • Gift Shop
  • Guided tours
  • Museum
  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilet
  • WiFi


  • Appropriate footwear
  • Assistance dogs only
  • Low Doorways

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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