Shannon is our favorite young city. The town itself was only founded in 1982, but it was originally established in the early 1960s by Brendan O’Regan who established this seemingly useless mash land area as a Free Trade zone along Shannon Airport. Due to its close proximity to the US, the Shannon Free Zone is Ireland’s largest cluster of North American investments.
Consider flying into Shannon whenever you can. Its a great small airport to use as a hub, especially if you are coming for the U.S. and are travelling with kids. JFK Airport to Shannon is dine in under 6 hours. That’s one of the shortest flight legs you can get to Europe from the U.S. Immigration and Customs at the airport is fantastic. The line moves quickly and the folks there are always nice. If given the choice, we will always pick Shannon airport over Dublin airport. Thus, when it comes to things to do in Ireland Shannon does make it to one of our top destinations mainly because of the great airport.
Of course Vikings Landing is also only about 45 minutes from the airport.
Ireland is a beautiful country with many spots worth visiting, but Shannon typically doesn’t sound too familiar to many people as compared to Dublin or Cork. You might have heard of Shannon Airport which is one of the busiest airports in the country. Shannon is a hidden gem located in western Ireland on the River Shannon and has plenty of historical sites to visit, a vibrant pub scene to explore, and magnificent landscape to see.
Whether you’re a local or a traveler, Shannon offers an experience that you won’t want to miss.
Things to Do in Shannon, Ireland
To help you explore the town to the fullest, check out this list of 7 things you can do in Shannon.
Take in the View on the Cliffs of Moher
This is a popular spot for any tourist visiting Ireland. The Cliffs of Moher run next to the Atlantic sea for 14 km and are 700 feet tall. It’s only a 50 minute drive from the Shannon Airport so you’ll be able to enjoy it as soon as you get off the plane.
Enjoy a Day of Kayaking on River Shannon
The Cliffs of Moher aren’t the only natural sight Shannon has to offer. The Shannon River runs for 239 miles and offers an enjoyable view of the water. Begin your aquatic adventure at Loch Luimnigh as chances are you’ll be kayaking with dolphins.
Have a Meal in the Bunratty Castle and Walk Around Folk Park
This medieval castle was built in 1425 and stands as a popular location to experience 15th century Ireland. Visitors can reserve a four-course meal accompanied by royal music to get the full experience. The castle is surrounded by Folk Park which is a 26 acres land with over 30 buildings recreating medieval times.
Order a Pint at Durty Nelly’s
If you’re visiting Bunratty Castle, you can’t miss Durty Nelly’s. Take the chance to experience an authentic Irish pub experience and 400 years of history. You can also find Treacy’s Oakwood Hotel and Beachpark Country House if you’re planning to stay the night.
Party at the Doolin Folk Festival
The Doolin Folk Festival is County Clare’s party of the year which you can’t miss. Enjoy the local music and learn irish dancing from professionals.
Take an Early Day Trip to Inisheer
Inisheer is the smallest Aran island in Galway Bay, yet has so much to show. You’ll be welcomed by white sand beach and sparkling turquoise water, as well as traditional irish dishes and music.
Shop around Ballycasey Craft Centre
Before you leave, make sure to visit the Ballycasey Craft Centre during a weekday to support local artisans and bring souvenirs to your family and friends. An array of handmade items including jewelry, clothes, cakes and candles will be there to purchase. You’ll also witness a final glimpse of Ireland’s historical sites with the centre’s 1700s era buildings.
Shannon is a town full of exciting attractions for people who love nature, history, and beer. There is so much you can do in this small town which you don’t want to miss out on. Shannon is also well located as a good base to explore neighboring towns like Limerick so be sure to include Shannon in your itinerary. Read our guide for more things to do in Ireland.
Your Ireland trip won’t be complete without going to the town of Waterford and visit the Crystal factory
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