The Burren Centre

A visit to our Exhibition is essential to discover the secrets of the Burren. We take you on a walk through time starting with the formation of the Burren’s lunar landscape – resulting in its unique combination of Arctic and Mediterranean plants – and progressing through the history of its settlement by people from ancient times to the present day.

Take a walk through time and discover an ancient and mysterious landscape.

The Burren is a treasure store for lovers of wildflowers and wildlife, geology, ancient history, cave systems and magnificent vistas – as recognised in its status as a UNESCO Geopark. It features the largest expanse of limestone pavement in the world. The magic of its stones is reflected in its name – in Irish An Bhoireann, “a stony place”.

Megalithic tombs and monuments

Learn about the dolmens, wedge tombs, cairns and other ancient structures that still stand today, stone sentinels at the gates of our civilisation’s history, some older than Egypt’s pyramids.

Poulnabrone Dolmen

From forts to farms

The Burren has many ancient stone forts for walkers to discover, as well as late mediaeval castles. And its distinctive stone walls are part of natural farming practices dating back over 1000 years that perfectly meet today’s ecological concerns.

Caherconnell Stone Fort

Churches and holy wells

Scattered throughout the Burren are many dozens of religious remains and pilgrimage sites, some tucked away and some easily accessible such as Corcomroe Abbey and Kilfenora’s own cathedral with its ancient Celtic Crosses.

Cocomroe Abbey Interior

Comprehensive and stimulating exhibits

Our exhibition brings all these treasures and history to life in a high-quality visitor experience. Also, we are currently also exhibiting the Kilfenora Timeline – describing the fascinating history of this ancient village from the sixth century AD, including how the Pope comes to be its bishop!

Burren Centre Exhibit

The Burren Centre
Audio Visual Display

This film by world renowned environmentalist and much admired film producer, Éamon de Buitléar, traces the story of the formation of the Burren 320 million years ago. Discover how the limestone pavement was formed, and why Alpine, Arctic and Mediterranean plants which require different climatic conditions grow side by side in such abundance on the fertile rock.

Burren Centre Exhibit

Discover A Different World

A visit to the Burren Centre gives you the insight, information and inspiration for any adventure to the Burren.

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