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Clifden, Connemara, Co Galway

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12 things to do Indoors in Clifden, Connemara

1. Connemara Heritage and History Centre

This award winning heritage centre is situated approximately 5 miles from Clifden-the capital of Connemara. It offers a unique insight into the history and heritage of this most beautiful part of the West of Ireland. Two floors just FULL of interesting facts, stories, pictures, photos and exibits about Connemara. Learn about Connemara history (and drink a bit of poteen) at the Connemara History and Heritage Centre and Dan O’Hara’s Homestead! Below is a sample of what you can discover at the heritage centre:• History presentation ''Connemara through the ages'' in Irish and English.
• Audio visual available in English, Irish, German and French.
• Reconstructions of a crannóg, a ring fort and a clochaun
• Dan O'Hara Homestead & Pre famine farm
• Guided tours for groups with turf cutting and other demonstrations on request
• Craft shop with a large selection of knitwear, marble, jewellery and other gifts to choose from.What a fantastically fun and informative place that all the family will enjoy!

2. Evening seisun in a traditional Irish pub, Clifden (Ages 0 and up).


Head to one of the many traditionall Irish bars on our doorstep bar for a fireside seisun and sample some Irish Whiskey or just try a pint of the black stuff! Dance in one of our great Irish pubs to the traditional Irish Music played every evening. (yes, the kids, too!). Check with reception for details of Clifden Bars that have evening Irish sessions.

3. Connemara Smokehouse, Ballyconneely.


Take a tour of the Connemara Smoke House and watch how the salmon is traditionally prepared for smoking and enjoy a tasting of their delicious smoked salmon! Tours operate every Wednesday during the summer months at 3pm. Call 095-23739 for more information

4. Connemara Blue Workshop, Clifden.


Connemara Blue in Clifden offer tailor-made workshops in both glass fusing and wire-wrapped jewellery. Some of the workshops on offer include;
Childrens Workshop
Suitable for ages 8 and up the1 hour guided workshop for children is preceded by a thorough safety briefing. You will then design and make your very own 10x10cm glass coaster or suncatcher.
Your finished piece will be fired in our kiln overnight, ready for you to collect the following day.
All safety equipment, tools and materials are included.

Jewellery making


For jewellery making we recommend the half-day workshop that will show you how to create beautiful jewellery pieces with wire. You will learn a simple technique for wrapping stones, glass cabochons, or other focal pieces.


Glass Fusing


By the end of this session you will have learned and experienced:
How to work safely in the glass-kiln workshop
What glass and glass-fusing is
The types of glass we use and how to handle it
Basic knowledge of what a glass kiln is and how it works
How to plan and implement a simple glass-making project
The phases of a typical fusing project
You will have have a glass piece ready for the kiln, which can be collected the next day. We can also arrange to have your finished piece shipped to your address.

A unique way to spend a day of your holiday and bring back a magical piece of Connemara with you! Call  095-30782

5. Station House Leisure Centre, Clifden
 
3 day and weekly passes can be purchased in the leisure centre for non-hotel residents. Spend a lazy rainy day in a hot tub, followed by a dip in the pool? Yes please! To find out more information on visitor passes please call (095)30433.
3 days passes for a family of 5 costs 70. Weekly passes for 5 costs 120.

6. Station House Theatre, Clifden.

Catch a movie in the Station House’s on-site cinema. A movie and munchies, Ahhhhh bliss! Call 09530303 for information on listings and times of movies.

7. The Glengowla Mines, Oughterard

Located a 45 minute drive from Clifden, Connemara are the Glengowla Mines. Buried beneath the Connemara Mountain lies a way of life long abandoned and almost forgotten just waiting for you to explore! There are Guided tours of the mine and a museum with artefacts that was collected during the mines excavation as well as a history of the area.
Let the team at Glengowla Mines lead you on a journey of discovery of how lead and silver were mined from the roots of the Connemara Mountains in the 1800’s. Learn of the working conditions the miners worked under before the mines closed in 1865. A firm favourite with adults and children alike is to pan for gold and gems at our gold panning station and keep any gems you find Call 091-552021for more information

8. Sample the local cuisine

The Gallery Restaurant in the Alcock and Brown Hotel is acclaimed for its wonderful food, intimate atmosphere and delightful ambience - See more at: http://www.alcockandbrownhotel.com/the-gallery-restaurant.html#sthash.EhC5Lw5j.dpuf
However for those who would like to explore farther afield, Connemara is known for its sea-food dishes and hearty stews, why not enjoy a nice long lunch in one of our many top class eateries and sample some of our popular local dishes.
 
9. Pamper yourself

There are a fine collection top class beauty rooms and hairdressers all in and around the Clifden area. Why not treat yourself to a blow dry and a pedicure? Our staff at the Alcock and Brown would be delighted to suggest where to go for massage, haircut, or general pampering. Enjoy!

10. Connemara Sea Weed Baths, Leenane

Keeping on the topic of pampering but with a unique Connemara Twist, why not try a sea weed bath at the Connemara seaweed baths. Situated on the shores of Killary Harbour – Irelands only fjord, and only a 30 minute drive from the Alcock and Brown Hotel, Connemara Seaweed Baths are the only salt water seaweed baths in the West of Ireland. The seaweed is hand cut daily and fresh with essential nutrients and minerals. Bathing in Salt Water (Thalassotherapy) is essential for the release of minerals and nutrients found in seaweed and is Ireland’s oldest spa treatment. As well as relaxing tired and aching muscles, saltwater seaweed baths provide a natural cure for skin ailments from psoriasis to eczema and also help relieve associated pain of arthritis and rheumatism. . Price: €20 per bath including steam room and sauna. Call 095-42249

11. Killary Cruise, Leenane

Enjoy a cruise along the Killary, with Killary Fjord Boat Tours. Even in the wettest weather you can still have a wonderful time as the boat has a large warm and spacious viewing lounge where you can enjoy lunch, have a coffee and listen to commentary on the fjord and the area. Call 091-566736

12.A Spot of Shopping
 
Have a nose around some of our local boutiques and shops and find unique gifts to bring home or just pick up a few treats for yourself, because you deserve it! If you are looking for unique jewellery, check out O’Dalaigh Jewellers in Clifden where every piece in the shop is made right there on-site.

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Alcock & Brown Hotel,
The Town Square, Clifden, Connemara,
Co. Galway, Ireland

Phone: +353 (0)95 21880
Email: info@alcockandbrownhotel.com



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