Clifden

Travel Guide
Clifden showing tranquil scenes, mountains and landscape views
Outdoor pursuits, culture and history aplenty: Connemara's largest town provides a full day or two of entertainment.

When touring the dramatic Connemara landscape, make a point of calling in at Clifden. This quaint town is located on the Owenglen River as it meets Clifden Bay. The urban population is just over 2,500, yet visitors won't be short of things to do. History, sports, shopping, and cozy pubs and eateries make this a fun-packed, but relaxed destination.Start your visit with a trip to Clifden Castle. It was built in the early 1800s by John d'Arcy, and was the beginning of the Clifden township. Only the shell of this dramatic structure remains today, but it’s still a fascinating site to visit.For an overview of the town's, and the wider area's, historical highlights, visit Connemara Heritage and History Centre, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from Clifden. Here, you can listen to an audiovisual presentation about Connemara and its past and see the homestead of 19th-century tenant farmer Dan O’Hara. The center also has a restaurant and craft shop. Clifden was also the final destination for the first successful non-stop transatlantic flight in 1919. Visit the spot, just outside the township, where John Alcock and Arthur Brown landed after just over 16 hours in the air.Many come to Clifden for sporting activities. Quiet roads lend themselves to scenic cycling trips while the countryside is inviting to hikers and climbers. Horse and pony riding schools are abundant and golf fairways look out over the coastline. In summer, take advantage of the close proximity of the Atlantic Ocean and go swimming or scuba diving. Clifden's pubs provide all the good stout and traditional live music you'd expect in Ireland. An extra-special atmosphere pervades the town for certain events, such as the Connemara Pony Show, Clifden Regatta and Clifden Community Arts Week. Clifden is a 47-mile (77-kilometer) drive from Galway along the N59. There are also regular buses along this route.

Clifden Station House
Clifden Station House
3 out of 5
Connemara, Clifden, Galway
The price is €144 per night from 2 Oct to 3 Oct
Stay at this 3-star spa hotel in Clifden. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (177 reviews)
"Very friendly staff, comfortable rooms, fantastic breakfast and great location."

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2022

**Shanakeever Farm - Clifden Country Homes
**Shanakeever Farm - Clifden Country Homes
Clifden, Galway
The price is €196 per night from 6 Oct to 7 Oct
Stay at this apartment in Clifden. Enjoy on-site parking, a garden and a TV. Popular attractions Station House Museum and Clifden Castle are located nearby. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Great area of Ireland not to be missed
"The property was lovely and the surrounding landscapes in the area are just stunning."

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2022

Abbeyglen Castle Hotel
Abbeyglen Castle Hotel
4 out of 5
Sky Road, Clifden, Galway
The price is €181 per night from 17 Oct to 18 Oct
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Clifden. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (500 reviews)
"The best hospitality of any place I have ever been , the owner gives out photos of each guest that he takes himself. The nightly story of the history of Abbeyglen is not to be missed 🙏"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
**Shanakeever Farm - Clifden Country Homes
**Shanakeever Farm - Clifden Country Homes
Clifden, Galway
Stay at this apartment in Clifden. Enjoy on-site parking, a garden and a TV. Popular attractions Station House Museum and Clifden Castle are located nearby. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Great area of Ireland not to be missed
"The property was lovely and the surrounding landscapes in the area are just stunning."

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2022

The Courtyard @ Clifden Boutique Apartments
The Courtyard @ Clifden Boutique Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Main Street, Clifden, Co Galway, Clifden, County Galway, H91 HE92
Stay at this 3.5-star holiday home in Clifden. Enjoy free WiFi, an LCD TV and a kitchen. Popular attractions Clifden Castle and Station House Museum are located ...
E2 Station House , Platform 2, Clifden
E2 Station House , Platform 2, Clifden
3.5 out of 5
Clifden, Co. Galway, Clifden, County Galway, H71 AW90
Stay at this 3.5-star cottage in Clifden. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an LCD TV. Popular attractions Station House Museum and Clifden Castle are located ...
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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