Clonmacnoise Monastic Visitors Centre

An Early Christian site founded by St. Ciarán in the mid-6th century on the eastern bank of the River Shannon.


Phone: 090 9674195

The site includes the ruins of a cathedral, seven churches (10th -13th century), two round towers, three high crosses and the largest collection of Early Christian graveslabs in Western Europe. The original high crosses and a selection of graveslabs are on display in the visitor centre. The long and varied history of Clonmacnoise is recounted in an audiovisual presentation shown in the visitor centre. There are also exhibitions that deal with the flora, fauna and landscape of the region. Location: 21km from Athlone signposted from the N62 or 20km from Ballinasloe signposted from the R357. Bus Routes: Private operators only. Guided Tours: Max No: 60. Duration: 30 minutes. Leaflet/Guide book: Irish, English, German, Italian, Spanish and French. Seasonal Events: Annual Church of Ireland Open-Air service on the last Sunday in July. Annual St. Ciarán’s Pattern Day on the third Sunday in September Please contact site as dates may change. Photography/Video: Permitted, except in the audiovisual theatre. Permit required for commercial purposes Audiovisual Presentation: Name: Ciarán's City Fair. Seating: 56. Duration: 20 minutes Languages: English, German, Italian, French. Access: Centre is fully accessible for visitors with disabilities Site access is limited for visitors with disabilities