While I am always on the look out for new attractions and activities to share across Ireland it pays to revisit sites I've spent time at in the past. This fall the girls and I returned to the Cliffs of Moher. While we had seen the cliffs from a cruise in 2013, we hadn't been on top of them since 2008! There have been quite a few fun changes since then!
New in the Cliffs Exhibition at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre
The Cliffs Exhibition (once called the Atlantic Edge) has received a digital face-lift. Fun interactive exhibits are centered in the huge domed cave.
Young children will love the computer-based wildlife game and making digital artwork that can be emailed home. Older kids (and adults) will ham it up in the Postcards from the Edge feature where a Cliffs backdrop can be chosen and a short movie can be emailed to friends & family. My girls had fun- sending this one to their dad…
My favorite part of the Cliffs Exhibition is still the photos and stories from the history of the Cliffs. From the O'Brien tea parties on the limestone ledges to the boys who would be lowered down the cliff face to gather sea bird eggs, it's truly fascinating.
New eats at the Visitor Centre
The Cliffs View Café has always offered diners a stunning view of the Cliffs. In past years the space was leased to an outside food provider. In 2015 the visitor centre took over food service and are now serving a terrific taste of County Clare by featuring local sea food, vegetables, ice cream, milk, and baked treats. Their local suppliers are a best-of along the Burren Food Trail.
Climb O'Brien's Tower atop the Cliffs
O'Brien's Tower has been a feature on the Cliffs since 1835 when local landlord Cornelius O'Brien built it as a viewing point for tourists. Restored in 1974 and re-opened to tourists a few years ago, the tower raises you high enough to view the Aran Islands most days and to the Tweleve Bens in Connemara and Loop Head in southern Clare on a clear day. (additional charge to climb the tower)
Coastal Walking Trail
The Cliffs of Moher are a natural half-way point between the villages of Liscannor and Doolin. The full trail is 20km, but signposted trailheads with parking are located along the route.
Book into a guided Cliff Walk from Doolin with Pat Sweeney. Enjoy the stunning beauty as Pat shares his incredible knowledge of local history and lore as you walk to the Cliffs.
Save with this combi ticket: Cliffs of Moher – Cliffs Walk – Cliffs Cruise
Visit in the Evening
Want to avoid most of the tour buses? Visit the Cliffs of Moher in the evening! Most tour groups are happily sipping beverages in a pub as the sun begins to set – which means the Cliffs are much less crowded- and the views have the added colors of sunset.
First Aid in Nicholas' Room
In 2006 a premature baby was born at the Cliffs of Moher. Sadly the baby boy, named Nicholas, did not live. He was buried in nearby Ennis, sister city to Phoenix, where his family lives. His parents, Dehlia and Kelly spearheaded an effort that raised $85,000 for a state of the art First Aid room, named Nicholas' Room, at the Cliffs of Moher. All staff members at the Cliffs of Moher are First Responders and all can administer First Aid, making the Cliffs of Moher one of the safest places to visit in Ireland.
Have you visited the Cliffs of Moher? Share your highlights in the comments!