The first ever transatlantic flight landed in Galway in June 1919. Alcock and Brown flew their modified Vickers Bomber from St John's, Newfoundland, to Clifden, Connemara National Park in County Galway, Ireland in under 72 consecutive hours. The site where the pair landed has been preserved as a national and international monument to the history of aviation.
A small cairn marks the spot where news of the flight’s landing was transmitted by wireless to London. A sculpture of an aircraft's tail fin stands around a mile from their landing spot, to mark the fourth anniversary of the landing. These two monuments are open to visitors, standing out in the natural brilliance of the Connemara landscape. They serve to remind us of the achievements of these early aviation pioneers.
Today the monuments remain a popular tourist destination. Visitors arrive from around the world to see the spot where world aviation history was made. Because the memorials to Alcock and Brown’s achievements are such an interesting place to visit, there’s plenty of choice in accommodation options around the area.
Romantic Breaks Near Alcock and Brown’s Memorial
Visiting a memorial and reminding yourselves of history and the great lives that have been lived before you can be a very romantic experience. When that reminder is set in the beautiful Galway countryside, the trip can only get more romantic. Taking a stroll hand in hand between the two monuments and taking in the incredible natural scenery of the area is a memory you’ll share between yourselves forever.
There are lots of hotels to choose from to make your trip to the area even more special. Why not book yourself into a country guesthouse? Enjoy each other’s company in the seclusion of Galway’s breathtaking natural surroundings and all the romance of a traditional country house. You can expect beautifully cooked Irish breakfasts and many places will provide packed lunches for a romantic stroll and a picnic.
The town of Clifden near to Alock and Brown’s memorial has much to offer for evening entertainment. You can treat yourself to fine dining in one of Clifden’s restaurants. Check out the range of traditional pubs in the area for a quiet drink afterwards; you may even be lucky enough to catch some live Irish music.
Family Breaks Near Alcock and Brown’s Memorial
Children young and old will be fascinated by the history surrounding Alcock and Brown’s epic journey. Taking them to see the memorials that commemorate this brave flight can be a great way to fuel their imagination and start a conversation about the history of aviation. Who knows what flights of fancy a holiday to the memorial may inspire them to.
There are some great accommodation options for families in the area. The nearby town of Clifden has plenty to offer to keep the children entertained, whatever their age. Have a look through some of the hotels that Clifden has to offer, with comfy beds for the adults, free television for the children and a warm Irish welcome for all.