The county's premier town Ennis, has the fabulous Burren and the spectacular Cliffs of Moher on its doorstep making it an ideal place to set up base while you explore its attractions and those of the surrounding areas.
Use the links on this page and the columns on the left to take you to the various sections. The arrival guides will help you get oriented with the place and the map will give you the location while at the foot of the page there is a handy distance chart with mileage and estimated travel times to selected destinations from Ennis, print it for quick reference.
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Party Hotspot | Stag and Hen
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Our top recommendation for your party would be the centrally located Queens which is the hotel of choice for such events and it has its own nightclub which is an added bonus and Cruises music pub is also a part of it.
Close By | The Burren, The Cliffs, Limerick, Galway
Located close to the two major jewels in the crown of the west, the Burren that unique and fragile landscape and the towering Cliffs of Moher makes Ennis a perfect place to base yourself for a few days of sightseeing and relaxation in a county where things move at a refreshingly laid back pace.
A Tale Of Two Cities
The fact that two such contrasting cities, Galway and its famous Bay to the north and Limerick on the Shannon River to the south east are in such close proximity is also a strong point in favour of setting up camp in the county seat.
Music and Meals
Traditional Irish Music
In the evening there may be music, usually free of charge, and it can continue on into the night. Take note, nothing starts too early here.
Click the link to find music sessions in the town.
If you are dropping in for a quick drink or to savour the local culture with a pub meal, then we have recommendations for you which are listed in our best Ennis Pubs section which includes contact details and locations.
What makes a great music session?
Rick Steves' Ireland.
Free Podcast (Ep.9 15mins) on iTunes.
Eateries and Fine Dining
There is no reason for a visitor to be hungry in Ennis.
Knox's | Great Lunch Menu
The town has plenty of fast food outlets as well as a variety of pub fare offered at excellent prices. Ennis also has some of the finest dining experiences in all of Ireland.
Many of the restaurants offer "Early Bird Specials" which add to the value of the dining experience and these early menu's are prominently advertised to passers-by.
Apart from local tastes there are a number of high quality, good value restaurants with top class international dishes. You can choose from Chinese, Indian, Thai and Italian to enjoy your particular favourite in the way of ethnic cooking.
The Market Area
Usually the best days are Friday and Saturday and there is also a Farmer's market where fresh farm produce is on sale.
Walks and Tours
There is a river walk to enjoy and for those seeking a bit of knowledge there are also walking tours of the town taking in all the important historical landmarks.
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Distance from Ennis Co Clare to:
|Cliffs Of Moher||44.07||27.80||0hr:47m|
|Dun Laoghaire Ferry Port||248.16||154.30||2hr:46m|
|Galway City (Eyre Square)||67.11||41.70||1hr:07m|
|Limerick City (O'Connell Street)||38.79||24.10||0hr:36m|
|Rosslare Ferry Port||237.54||147.60||3hr:30m|
|Shannon Ferries Killimer||49.89||31.00||0hr:44m|
|The Burren National Pk (Carran)||26.23||16.30||0hr:52m|
The Ennis Files
(pop: 24,253) it is the 6th largest town in Ireland and the largest in the province of Munster.
A vibrant market town since 1610 its quaint narrow streets and cobbled squares are home to many interesting landmarks, shops, restaurants and great traditional music venues making this the ideal place to get away from it all for a few days.
Bus Eireann Route #51
Cork-Limerick-Galway via Ennis Download the Timetable.
Alternate Bus to Ennis
City Link Timetables
Old Friary (Est. 1240)
Top Nearby Attraction
Cliffs Of Moher
Eatery of the Week
This week we recommend Knox's
Excellent lunch and dinner menus.