Located near Ballyvaughan, Aillwee Cave is still one of the few caves which has the features of Clare underground - great caverns, stalactites, subterranean rivers, and is easily accessible to the general public. The Cave is open daily from 9:30am throughout the year (December by appointment).
Descending into the depths of the earth through some of the narrowest coal seams in Europe, the Arigna mines offer an in-depth insight into over 300 years of coal production. An exhibition space explains geological systems and runs through a history of energy production, before moving on to the workings behind renewable energy solutions. The café enjoys striking views of the surrounding area, while a neighbouring gift shop stocks a range of gifts from emblazoned hoodies to mine-ready torches.
The expedition deep into the old seams last 45 minutes, and comes complete with a well-versed tour guide. A soundtrack and atmospheric lighting enhances the experience, and there will be demonstrations of mining techniques, safety measures, and the best methods for fighting rock monsters.
Galway Atlantaquaria is the National Aquarium of Ireland and one of the West of Ireland’s premier attractions. It’s home to 170 marine and freshwater species. Visitors will have the chance to hold starfish or spiny spider crab in the palm of their hands, explore an underwater world in a model submarine or help feed hundreds of hungry fish and sea creatures. Other highlights include the display tanks of seahorses, stingrays, sharks and an enormous skeleton of a Fin Whale.
Brigit's Garden takes you on a journey through the sacred spiral of the seasons into the heart of Celtic mythology, folklore and heritage. The extensive gardens span 5 hectares and consist of woodland and natural wildflower meadows. The visitor attraction is located in Roscahill only 12 miles from Galway City, just off on the N59 Clifden Road. Brigit’s Garden is divided into four gardens representing each of the Celtic seasons of Samhain, Imbolc, Bealtaine and Lughnasa. Each gardens has its own special features such as basketwork swings, standing stones and flame figure sculptures, There is a nature trail, ogham trees, children's discovery trail, playground with sandpit, living willow play area, an ancient ring fort (fairy fort), crannóg roundhouse, lily pond and the largest sundial in Ireland with unique calendar feature.
There is an interesting gift shop onsite along with the Garden Café which offers excellent homemade cuisine made with organic ingredients, many of which are picked straight from the garden.
Brigit's Garden offers a busy calendar of events ideal for family outings such as Elf and Fairy days where you are encouraged to dress up and take part in activities. There are also weekly classes in crafts and yoga which are open to visitors.
The Burren Birds of Prey & Education Centre, located at the world-famous Aillwee Cave in County Clare, is home to the most comprehensive collection of eagles, hawks, owls and falcons in the country. The facility offers the estimated 150,000 annual visitors to Ireland’s leading show cave a unique insight into the life of raptors in Ireland, as well as an opportunity to enjoy one of three daily flying displays on the slopes of Aillwee Mountain. Flying displays are held each day on the slopes of Ailwee Mountain. The centre will also offer opportunities to see how young raptors are reared. Open all year round.
Burren Nature Sanctuary offers a fun day out for all the family amongst the scenic surroundings of The Burren limestone landscape. The sanctuary is primarily an interpretive centre for the flora and fauna of the Burren, however there are many other activities to enjoy including an exciting zip wire ride, adventure playground, indoor soft play area with wavy slide for younger visitors along with a Burren flower nature walk and disappearing lake walk. There is also an artisan cafe and farm shop along with a Burren info point with hiking routes to plan your trip around the Burren and locations of rare or unusual plants in flower.
The Burren Perfumery was founded 35 years ago at the centre of a quiet valley in the heart of the Burren. The Burren is a limestone plateau on the West Coast of Ireland, famous for its wildness and the diversity of its plant life. The flowers of the Burren inspired the original Perfumery fragrances: Man of Aran, Ilaun, Frond and Fraoch. The leading products of the the Burren Perfumery the Burren Botanicals, a range of contemporary floral waters that evoke the scents and moods of being outside at different seasons of the year. They are free from parabens and sodium lauryl sulphate, ingredients that are suspected of being harmful and are present in many of today's perfume products. The Burren Perfumery is in Carron, Co. Clare approximately one hour driving time from Shannon or Galway. Visitors can see a free audio visual on the Burren, view the distillation and soap making areas, visit the herb garden and organic tea rooms and, of course, try out Perfumery fragrances, creams, balms and other products.
Ceardlann Spiddal Craft Village and Café is located at the entrance to Spiddal Village, just beside the beach, overlooking the beautiful Galway Bay, Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands. Here you will find 10 craft workers designing, creating, making and selling their work. This unique and very accessible craft village, is a "must stop" for visitors interested in culture, heritage and craft.
Both a museum and a jewellery shop, this establishment is dedicated to the history of this Galway made ring. Named after an old fishing area in the county, the rings were worn to indicate marriage but now they are just a token of friendship and are worn by Irish and Irish descendents the world over.
The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland's top attractions. The Cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 km over the Atlantic Ocean on the western seaboard of County Clare. The cliffs boast one of Ireland's most spectacular views. On a clear day the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay, as are the valleys and hills of Connemara. <br><br>There are many animals living on the cliffs. Most of these are birds, with an estimated 30,000 birds from 29 species. These include the noted Atlantic Puffins, which live in large colonies at isolated parts of the cliffs and on the small Goat Island. Also present are hawks, gulls, guillemots, shags, ravens and choughs. A new interpretive centre is now open at the Cliffs of Moher exploring different elements of the cliffs. Housed at the centre of the underground building a huge domed cave contains images, exhibits, displays & experiences that will delight young and old alike.
Discover Connemara, a beautifully scenic region just north of Galway City with Lally Tours. This tour includes stops at Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Gardens, Leenane Village, Killary Fjord and the village of An Spidéal overlooking Galway Bay.
Cliffs of Moher & The Burren Day Tour
The unmissable Cliffs of Moher & Burren Tour with Lally Tours includes up to 2 hours at the cliffs and includes stops at the lunar-like Burren region, Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Caves & Birds of Prey Centre and the charming village of Doolin overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Cliffs of Moher Express Bus
A Non-Stop Express Shuttle Service to the Cliffs of Moher with Lally Tours. Experience Ireland’s natural, mysterious, 214m (702 ft) high cliffs and interactive visitor centre. You’ll have 2 full hours to explore on your own before heading back to Galway.
Galway City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Explore Galway with one of Lally Tours' friendly guides to learn about this colourful city and see it from the best vantage point: an open top bus! You’ll see everything from medieval walls in the city centre to the sandy beaches of Salthill. Hop on and off as much as you’d like and your ticket is valid for 24 hours.