Adare, nestled in the spectacular south west of Ireland, is renowned as “Ireland’s prettiest village”. The name “Adare” comes from the Gaelic expression “Áth Dara” meaning “Ford of the Oak”. Its broad street is lined with charming thatched cottages and punctuated with beautiful Tudor-style buildings. The river Maigue, a tributary of the river Shannon, glides alongside the majestic ruins of the Desmond castle. Other historical landmarks in the village include the Holy Trinity Abbey Church, founded in 1230, that was once the country’s only Trinitarian abbey and the Black Abbey, an Augustinian Priory founded in the 1300’s that is now a protestant church.
Adare Heritage Centre
The centre hosts an interactive historical exhibition, which traces Adare’s unique history and operates insightful tours of Adare and the Desmond castle. The village tourist office is on site to provide tourist information and services.
Adare Golf Clubis set in the grounds of the 5 Star Adare Manor Hotel. Designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, this championship golf course offers a fantastic challenge to both amateur and professional golfers alike. The impressive 18-hole course was host to the Irish Open in 2007 & 2008.
Adare Manor Golf Club is one of Limerick’s finest woodland courses. Set amongst the magnificent ruins of the Franciscan Abbey (1300ad) and the Desmond Castle, this course is steeped in history.
Adare Pitch & Putt is a wonderful family attraction. This 18-hole course is kept in excellent condition all year round. Rates and club hire are very reasonable.
Clonshire Equestrian Centre located 3km from Adare village, is a friendly centre with highly qualified staff and top class horses. The centre boasts a large indoor arena, two outdoor arenas and a 120 acres parkland cross-country course.
The local river Maigue is very popular amongst fishers for Trout, Pike and Salmon. Full equipment is available for hire locally.
Adare has a number of craft shops and fashion boutiques. Whether it is wedding attire or country wear you are looking for, there is a wealth of choice in the village.
The central Village Park is ideal for a leisurely stroll, while delightful local wildlife can be observed on the Maigue Riverbank Walk. Curraghchase Forest Park is within 5km and offers beautiful walking and cycling trails as well as a children’s playground and picnic area. Why not plan your holiday now in Limerick and book your Adare B&B at Carrigane House.