Things to do in Ballyvaughan

THE 15 BEST Things to Do in Ballyvaughan

Things to Do in Ballyvaughan


Top Attractions in Ballyvaughan

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  • ivor123
    Enfield, UK429 contributions
    Very interesting. The staff who flew the birds was very knowledgeable and answered children's questions very happily. Those who asked questions got a chance to hold the bird on a gloved hand
    Written September 18, 2023
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  • Valerie L
    Limerick, Ireland2 contributions
    Paid a family visit to Aillwee Cave + Bird of Prey Centre with my children yesterday and we had a very enjoyable few hours there. The birds of prey area is very clean and well laid out with information on each bird as you view them. You would need to check when the Birds of Prey Displays are on as they are not to be missed and the staff are so funny and entertaining, if you answer a question about the particular bird correctly the children get to put on the glove and have the bird fly onto their arm. Staff are always happy and on hand to answer any questions, very educational for kids. Afterwards we went up the hill to take a guided tour of the cave which lasts about 40 minutes and a lovely staff member took us through a 1km walk of the cave explaining the background to it's discovery. There are 3 shops in total including a farm shop between the 2 centers. One tip though, eat before you into the Bird of Prey Centre as staff are very clear about not eating food around the birds. Paid €70 for 2 adults and 2 kids (which helps with conservation) and honestly it was well worth it as we spent circa 3 hours here. Great family day out and the views are nothing short of spectacular when you get to the car park of Aillwee Caves.
    Written February 16, 2024
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  • jdob53
    Greystones, Ireland12 contributions
    Caher Bridge garden is an absolute gem. Visited yesterday with friends, and had no idea of how wonderful an experience it was going to be. Every section is beautiful. You don’t expect to come across such a lush place in the Burren. The designer and creator, Carl Wright, is a man of extraordinary vision and talent. By the end of the visit, I found myself asking “Is there anything this man can’t do?”
    Returning in the spring is a must - can’t wait to see the dozens of varieties of Irish daffodils in flower!
    Written August 18, 2023
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  • Ciarrai2014
    County Kildare, Ireland677 contributions
    This is an impressive feature that stretches for miles. It’s even better if you cycle through it as you get a better experience through the windy roads!
    Written August 12, 2022
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  • Lury B
    24 contributions
    This art school is lovely and the staff is very friendly and they have a lovely treasure. This treasure is the beautifully restored castle. They tradesmans whom restore this castle do a beautiful job restoring so we can visit it and view the beauty.
    Written October 13, 2019
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  • Robynlou8
    County Kildare, Ireland36 contributions
    It's a beautiful castle down the end of a lane we thought would never end. We went in the freezing month of November but it was fantastic to see and the views are amazing along the shore. Lots of little treasures to see in the area.
    Written November 27, 2021
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  • buddestravels
    Frisco, Texas7 contributions
    Castle wasn't open and you will want to park nearby and walk back. Wonderful architecture and setting.
    Written December 5, 2022
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  • Pat L
    Clonmel, Ireland5 contributions
    Great walk for experienced mountaineers, not for novices. Pints in monks afterwards"mint". We completed in 1hr 42mins but we are extremely fit. Passed a lot of Americans on the way
    Written April 24, 2019
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  • JOHN R
    4 contributions
    I’m not sure if other reviews here are accurate. I think some may be confusing this with the Poulnabrone Dolmen that is close by, and very well signposted with paths and information displays.
    Poulawack Cairn is off the beaten track. The road is well signposted, but the Cairn itself is not very accesible. To get from the road involved traversing the rugged stony landscape prevalent in the Burren, so it is not for everyone. There is no path, and does involve climbing over stone walls. It took approximately 25 minutes to get from the road to the Cairn. There is a risk of injury, the gaps between the stones can by misleadingly deep. We found the cairn by following google maps, as the signposts stop at the roadside.
    Poulnawack is the final resting place for numerous people, so should be respected as a burial site. It is a very quiet place, perfect for contemplation. If you do decide to visit, respect the area. Take nothing but memories (and photographs), leave nothing behind.
    Written August 2, 2021
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  • SLWS1
    Cypress, TX1,125 contributions
    Small but lovely cemetery with many Celtic crosses. All that remains of the church are three walls, yet nestled amongst the graves (and with some graves inside the walls), with vines growing up the walls, it still has a sacred air about it. The views are of the surrounding landscape, which includes some curious cattle. This is not a place to drive hours to see, but if you’re nearby it is a worthwhile stop.
    Written March 30, 2018
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  • Dan L
    Bunbury, Australia7,494 contributions
    We did an about-take when we spotted this tiny church-like structure approx. 4km from Ballyvaughan on the R477 Wild Atlantic Way drive. We discovered that it was a small freshwater spring flowing into a rock basin. It had been covered with a Gothic Revival style structure with corbelled rubble-stone roof, stone gable copings and corner pinnacles, faux corner buttresses and an arched doorway. The structure was built in 1860. There is a small sigh on the interior grotto wall that reads; "Clare Council, Drinking Water, Please Keep Clean". The site is also regarded as a Holy Well judging by the few religious tokens in a wall recess.
    Written June 13, 2019
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  • betterthanwork
    Nottingham, UK1,336 contributions
    This church cannot be missed as you drive in along the main road into the village.
    A Roman Catholic church in the Gothic style, it was completed in 1866. Inside there are some attractive stained glass windows.
    Written June 30, 2023
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