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Shannon
Travel Guide

Shannon is a new town in County Clare, Ireland, situated on the estuary of the River Shannon which gives it its name. Home to Shannon Airport, it lies halfway between the city of Limerick, in County Limerick, and Ennis, the county town of County Clare, and is thus conveniently located for visiting both counties.

Shannon is a new town, built in the 1960s on reclaimed marshland by the airport. Originally intended as a home for the many workers at the airport and in the supporting industries, over the years it has developed into a thriving community with a growing population and excellent facilities.

Sport in ShannonCounty Clare is well known for its many golf courses, many less than an hour away from Shannon. County Limerick and County Kerry also offer excellent golf courses within easy, ahem, driving distance.

The River Shannon is the longest in Ireland, and provides excellent opportunities for fishing, watersports and boating. Angling is extremely popular in the region, with salmon, trout and eel in plentiful supply.

Shopping in ShannonShannon offers a wide range of shops, mostly based around the modern Skycourt Shopping Centre, opened in 2004 and boasting over 55 shops. In addition, Shannon Airport houses the world’s first duty free shop, established in 1947.

Attractions in and Around ShannonLess than three miles from Shannon, BunrattyCastle was built in the early 1400s, and is the best preserved medieval castle in Ireland. The castle was restored in 1954, and is home to a collection of furniture, tapestries and works of art from the 15th and 16th centuries. It is famous for its nightly medieval banquets, held in the Great Hall, where diners can enjoy food and wine while being entertained with ancient Irish songs from the Bunratty Singers.

Bunratty Folk Park adjoins the castle, and is a living museum with over 30 buildings on a 26 acre site, which aims to give visitors a taste of 19th century Irish village life. The buildings are a selection of typical period Irish houses and shops, and include a fully licensed pub where you can enjoy a pint while stepping back in time.

The stunning Cliffs of Moher are just 30 miles away, and offer spectacular views of the Aran Isles and Galway Bay to the north, Loop Head to the south, and of course the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The cliffs are also home to a vast seabird nesting colony, with many thousands of puffins, razorbills, choughs, guillemots and kittiwakes on display. In recent years the cliffs have become a popular destination for surfers, enjoying the large waves rolling in from the Atlantic Ocean.

Visit ShannonWith its handy location between Ennis and Limerick and its excellent transport links, Shannon makes a great base for exploring the west of Ireland. There is truly something for everyone here, from historical and natural attractions, sports and leisure opportunities, great shopping, fine dining and of course a healthy selection of pubs, where you can enjoy a pint and a traditional Irish evening’s entertainment.

Park Inn by Radisson Shannon Airport
Park Inn by Radisson Shannon Airport
3 out of 5
Shannon, Country Clare, Shannon, Clare
The price is £69 per night from 19 Jun to 19 Jun
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Shannon Golf Club and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Skycourt Shopping Centre. Bunratty Castle and Folk Park ...
4.3/5Excellent! (994 reviews)
"I found the food to be fantastic, High quality fish and chips. Staff were great and everything in the room worked perfectly. Considering the covid 19 situation during my stay the hotel was accommodating and welcoming. Will definitely stay again when working at the airport."

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2020

Park Inn by Radisson Shannon Airport
Treacys Oakwood Hotel
Treacys Oakwood Hotel
4 out of 5
Airport Road, Shannon, Clare
The price is £71 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Located in the heart of Shannon, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Skycourt Shopping Centre and within 6 miles (10 km) of Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and ...
4.2/5Very Good! (997 reviews)
"Excellent quality. Great location. Fantastic WiFi. Perfect for the business traveller. Hopefully, these restrictions won't affect their business"

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2020

Treacys Oakwood Hotel
Shannon Springs Hotel
Shannon Springs Hotel
4 out of 5
Ballycasey, Shannon, Co. Clare
The price is £69 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Skycourt Shopping Centre, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and Shannon ...
4/5Very Good! (644 reviews)
"Staff was great! Made it a perfect quick stay!"

Reviewed on 23 Nov 2020

Shannon Springs Hotel
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Cosy Spacious Cottage in the Limerick Countryside
Cosy Spacious Cottage in the Limerick Countryside
Adare, County Limerick
The price is £126 per night from 17 Jun to 17 Jun
Cosy Spacious Cottage in the Limerick Countryside
Bunratty Castle Gardens no. 14, Bunratty, Co.clare - 3 Bed - Sleeps 6
Bunratty Castle Gardens no. 14, Bunratty, Co.clare - 3 Bed - Sleeps 6
Bunratty, County Clare
The price is £247 per night from 19 Jun to 19 Jun
Situated in Bunratty, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Talbot Collection of Farm Machinery and Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Cratloe Woods is ...
Bunratty Castle Gardens no. 14, Bunratty, Co.clare - 3 Bed - Sleeps 6
2 bedroom apartment limerick river views
2 bedroom apartment limerick river views
Limerick, County Limerick
Located in Limerick City Centre, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of O'Connell Street and King John's Castle. Tait's Clock and Augustinian Church ...
3/5 (2 reviews)
Great location
"We stayed at this property on our last night in Ireland. The caretaker of the property was very accommodating and pleasant. Great views of the Shannon River and a quick drive to the airport."

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2019

2 bedroom apartment limerick river views
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