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Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre, Galway

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Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre encompasses diverse landscapes that include vast grasslands, dense woodlands, high mountain peaks, and swaths of bogs and heaths. Established in 1980, the park spans nearly 3,000 hectares (7,400 acres) and contains several remnants of megalithic human civilizations, including 4,000-year-old tombs. A good pair of binoculars can open a window into the park's world of songbirds, which include meadow pipits, skylarks, chaffinches, robins, and wrens. You can begin your trek across the sprawling park at the visitor center, offering a brief introduction into the area's wildlife and geology. Guided nature walks, which depart from the center, cover rough and very boggy terrain, so dress appropriately if you choose to join in. Our Galway vacation planner makes visiting Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre and other Galway attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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Connemara National Park & Visitor Centre reviews

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  • Views are great but it is strickly a hikers park. Not a park that you can drive around. Mountainous. Lakes and I am told waterfalls but we didn't see those. You will need to hike to see... 
    Views are great but it is strickly a hikers park. Not a park that you can drive around. Mountainous. Lakes and I am told waterfalls but we didn't see those. You will need to hike to see...  more »
  • The total unspoiled beauty of the place. Friendly community, cosy little pup. Gift shop and even a little instore post office 
    The total unspoiled beauty of the place. Friendly community, cosy little pup. Gift shop and even a little instore post office  more »
  • Great trail! Spoke with PJ and Sean who were doing the hard work of maintaining the trail. The accessibility was better than any trails we’ve been on before, thank you for the hard work! 
    Great trail! Spoke with PJ and Sean who were doing the hard work of maintaining the trail. The accessibility was better than any trails we’ve been on before, thank you for the hard work!  more »
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  • Amazing place,well done & kept in immaculate condition. I done the Diamond hill hike,was a tough climb near the top(& midges going mad biting didn't help,but it is a bog after all) the views on way up & at the top was breathtaking.I was lucky with the weather which helped with climb & views.A credit to all involved making the path up & down Diamond hill.
  • I loved the exhibition inside the visitor centre, the painting of the animals that live in the national park was stunning and the information about the blanket bog was very clear and made it easier to understand quite a complex habitat.
  • Entrance to Connemara famous park, very nice personnel that will give you all the necessary info. During the hike, remember to pack some anti-insect spray ! The mosquitos are tiny but fierce. You have three hikes : a very short one, a medium one and a more difficult one that goes to the top of Diamonds Hill, only choose the last one if you are a confirmed walker are the step are steep !
  • One of my favourite places to visit. Another breathtakingly beautiful park great for all ages. The staff of the coffee shop were great and food delicious and reasonably priced. If you get a chance go to the graveyard near the Ellis trail, it's in memory of the many young boys who died in the letterfrack industrial school many years ago. It's an emotional visit be prepared
  • Green trail is closed for maintenance. Yellow, blue and red trails are open for hike. Well marked pathways with sign posts along the way. Must go if the weather is good

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