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Clifden

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.


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Abbeyglen Castle Hotel

Abbeyglen Castle Hotel

Sky Road, Clifden
4.5
of 5, from 89 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Connemara, this spa hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Station House Museum and within 6 mi (10 km) of Alcock and Brown Memorial and Alcock and Brown Landing Site. Marconi Trans Atlantic Wireless Station and Dan O'Hara's Connemara Heritage and History Centre are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£65
Clifden Station House

Clifden Station House

Connemara, Clifden
4.3
of 5, from 10 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Clifden hotel is located by the sea, within 3 mi (5 km) of Station House Museum and Alcock and Brown Memorial. Marconi Trans Atlantic Wireless Station and Dan O'Hara's Connemara Heritage and History Centre are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Connemara Country Cottages

Connemara Country Cottages

Leam East Recess RECESS,, County Galway
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Connemara, this cottage is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Station House Museum and within 6 mi (10 km) of Alcock and Brown Memorial and Alcock and Brown Landing Site. Marconi Trans Atlantic Wireless Station and Dan O'Hara's Connemara Heritage and History Centre are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Atlantic View B&B

Atlantic View B&B

Letternoosh, Westport Road, Clifden
4.5
of 5, from 2 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Connemara, this bed & breakfast is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Station House Museum and within 6 mi (10 km) of Alcock and Brown Memorial and Alcock and Brown Landing Site. Marconi Trans Atlantic Wireless Station and Dan O'Hara's Connemara Heritage and History Centre are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£69
Sharamore House

Sharamore House

Streamstown, Clifden
4.3
of 5, from 30 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Connemara, this romantic bed & breakfast is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Station House Museum and within 6 mi (10 km) of Alcock and Brown Memorial and Alcock and Brown Landing Site. Connemara National Park and Marconi Trans Atlantic Wireless Station are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Clifden Town Hostel

Clifden Town Hostel

Market Street, Clifden
4.0
of 5, from 2 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Connemara, this hostel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Station House Museum and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Alcock and Brown Memorial. Alcock and Brown Landing Site and Marconi Trans Atlantic Wireless Station are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£68
Buttermilk Lodge Guesthouse

Buttermilk Lodge Guesthouse

Westport Road, Clifden
4.8
of 5, from 20 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Connemara, this guesthouse is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Station House Museum and within 6 mi (10 km) of Alcock and Brown Memorial and Alcock and Brown Landing Site. Marconi Trans Atlantic Wireless Station and Dan O'Hara's Connemara Heritage and History Centre are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£101
The Ardagh Hotel & Restaurant

The Ardagh Hotel & Restaurant

Ballyconneely Road, Clifden
4.5
of 5, from 23 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Connemara, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Alcock and Brown Memorial, Station House Museum, and Alcock and Brown Landing Site. Marconi Trans Atlantic Wireless Station is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.

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