Local Attractions in Shannon
Ballycasey Craft Centre
Address: Shannon, Shannon, Clare, Republic Of Ireland
Telephone: +353 (0)61 362105
At Ballycasey Craft Centre visitors can view crafts people at work producing a wide range of products from knitwear and heraldic items to pottery, flowers and jewellery
A coffee shop allows the visitor relax, take in the fresh air and observe.
Within short distance of Shannon airport, this is an ideal place to come and relax after a long flight, while enjoying traditional Irish crafts.
The Incredible Burren
Visit www.burrenbeo.com for comprehensive information on the Burren, including the Burren Code.
The Burren is a karstic plateau – a stony chaos to the casual observer – with a full assemblage of the curious landforms that characterise such limestone landscapes. The region encompasses 360 km2 of gently inclined plateau with a further 200 km2 of lowland to the east of the plateau.
The limestone also has a landscape in miniature etched into exposed slabs of rock. The bare surfaces (pavements) are fretted with hollows and channels where acidic rainwater has selectively dissolved the rock. An extreme example of these micro landforms occurs on the coast. Often described as a natural landscape, the Burren has been profoundly influenced by human activities. Early removal of the natural woodland induced soil erosion, enlarging the exposure of the underlying limestone.
Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher are amongst the most spectacular in the world – and far and away the best that can be seen in Europe within easy reach of good roads and inviting places to visit. Why not stay in the comfort of a bed and breakfast in Shannon when visiting the cliffs. They are in County Clare – which offers several others. Some have the attraction of lying off the beaten track and giving a fair chance of your being the only visitor. Others are convenient to popular resorts and safe and easy for access.
Overlooking the Atlantic, even on a calm day white surf shows continually at the feet of Clare’s cliffs – the great ocean waves never cease pounding the shore. In stormy weather, the surf boils with fury, sending great plumes high up, even over-topping the cliffs. Wonderful to see the forces of the unbridled ocean, this is a time to respect its power and keep to a safe distance back from the edge!
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
At Ireland’s premier visitor attraction you are invited to explore two wonderful experiences – the acclaimed 15th century Bunratty Castle and 19th century Bunratty Folk Park. The Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times. Today, the castle stands peacefully in delightful grounds. The houses and cottages of the folk park spread out at the foot of its massive walls, much in the way that the cottages and crofts of old would have clustered around its base. We invite you to wander through the castle and marvel at the finest collection of medieval furniture in the country which brings to life a vital part of our Medieval past. At night time the castle is the impressive setting for medieval banquets which are held year round.
Within the grounds of Bunratty Castle is Bunratty Folk Park where 19th century life is vividly recreated. Set on 26 acres, the impressive park features over 30 buildings in a ‘living’ village and rural setting. Meet and chat with the Bean an Ti (Woman of the House) and various street characters including the Policeman and Schoolteacher who give the site its sparkle. Enjoy the tastes, scents, sights and sounds of this enchanting place as you stroll from house to house or around the charming village complete with school, post office, doctors house, hardware shop, printers and of course the pub! It’s a wonderful experience for adults and children alike with something for everyone to enjoy!
Bunratty Walled Garden
Another very interesting feature is the formal Bunratty Walled Garden, modelled on the original Regency period garden which supplied fruit, vegetables, and flowers to Bunratty House built in 1804 and now refurbished in typical Victorian style.