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Reviewed on 27 Sep 2018
Ennis’s large selection of accommodation options means that every traveller will find something to suit their needs, and for a broad range of budgets. Within the town itself, there are dozens of hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts that will give a warm welcome to every visitor and pamper them throughout their stay in Ennis.
Most of the central hotels and guesthouses are clustered around O’Connell Street, a few minutes’ walk from Ennis Friary and around the southern loop of the River Fergus. Visitors have a broad selection of hotels to choose from here, including 18th century accommodation that has thankfully been updated to modern standards.
This is one of the best places to immerse yourself in Ennis’s atmosphere, and walk through the mediaeval cobbled streets to explore the alleys. Many of Ennis’s pubs are in this part of town, where visitors can find traditional Irish music on most nights of the week. Several of Ennis’s music festivals are centred on this area, including the Fleadh Nua, the Ennis Roots Weekend and the Ennis Trad Festival.
There are several B&Bs on the Tulla Road, which is the main route into Ennis from the M18 motorway. It’s a more residential area and is probably more suited for people staying in Ennis on a driving tour as there are plenty of places to park, although it’s wise to check with the hotel before booking.
For visitors who prefer to have some flexibility with meals, there are also several self-catering accommodation options. A few are in the town centre, but there are many houses available to the west of Ennis in rolling green fields bounded by dry stone walls.
To the south of the oldest parts of Ennis can be found some of its most interesting shops, and most hotel staff will be happy to point visitors in the right direction. Macnamara Park hosts a market for the second half of the week and many other shops are nearby, from vintage clothes to modern fashion, jewellery, crafts and traditional Irish linen.
Many of Ennis’s hotels and guesthouses offer great food; starting the day with a full Irish breakfast, complete with black and white pudding, local sausages and bacon, and the freshest eggs is well worth the effort. Lunch and dinner are even more enjoyable when they are eaten in a delightful riverside setting, and there is no shortage of hotels with restaurants overlooking the River Fergus.
Walkers, hikers and cyclists can choose from a great selection of guesthouse accommodation in Ennis and the surrounds – there are several trails along the River Fergus. Cusack Park Stadium hosts hurling and gaelic football on a regular basis, and is close to Ennis Friary and the city centre hotels.
Ennis has enough hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts to give every visitor a choice and Expedia can help you find the right one.