Visiting Adare

What to see and do in Adare, Ireland

The pretty village of Adare in the South West of Ireland is at a crossing point of the river Maigue. Even though it has only 3 hotels, 6 public houses and 9 restaurants, Adare is one of the must-see places in Ireland, certainly for all the pretty houses, many still with thatched roofs, and the historic feel. This city exists from the early Middle Ages and was initially established as a market town. Later on, because it was one of the biggest attractions in the region, it became a major settlement, which hosted three different congregation monasteries and the extraordinary Desmond Castle that is still in perfect shape although it was build in the 12th century. The castle is closed for visitors most of the year, however, during the summer months its gates are opened for supervised tours. Besides Desmond Castle, if you ever get to Adare you should definitely check out the Manor, all the wonderful thatched cottages spread throughout the city and the three friaries, which are now the home of the Church of Ireland and the Catholic Church. If you get to Adare on St. Patrick’s Day, then you should know that it is very likely that you have to make reservations for dinner. Adare is usually included in most south-western tours of Ireland and it is one of those small and cosy towns that can be explored on foot.

Getting to Adare

Adare is directly on the N21 road, and also very close to the N20. Adare is located just a few miles south of Limerick, and easily within reach for a quick day trip from there.

Nearest ferry port to Adare

Cork is probably the closest, with a fairly easy route up the N20 to Adare.

Quickest Ferry Crossing

The ferry crossing from Swansea to Cork takes about 8 hours. Since Dublin and Dun Laoghaire ferry ports are only a slightly longer drive, the quickest route would be the fast Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire ferry.

Distance from Ferry Port

Adare is about 70 miles from Cork ferry port and 130 miles from Dublin.

Driving Time from Ferry Port

The drive from Cork ferry port takes around 1 hour 45 minutes. Dublin is a touch over 2 hours' drive away.

Moving on from Adare

As mentioned above, Adare is close to Limerick. If you are making your way north from Adare therefore, Limerick is the next obvious stop. Going the other way, having already taken in the delights of Limerick and Adare, you could then head south towards Killarney, and the natural beauty of the Killarney National Park.

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