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Adare is a village in the Mid-West of Ireland.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Adare is 15 km south-west of Limerick city on the principal Kerry-Limerick road (N21). It can be easily accessed by bus or taxi from Limerick, although a car would be an advantage.

By bus[edit]

The Bus Éireann bus stop for Limerick city and onwards is outside the Heritage Centre. For Kerry and the south the bus stops outside the Post Office.

Get around[edit]

As a village, Adare is best explored on foot.

Generally free on-street parking can be found. There is a free public car park (which is monitored by CCTV) behind the Heritage Centre on Station Road.


The best place to start is the 1 Adare Heritage Centre on Main Street, open daily 09:00-18:00. Use the free car & coach park behind. The centre has a small exhibition (free), a restaurant, and inevitably a large gift shop.

  • Desmond Castle (Go to Heritage Centre for shuttle bus, no walk-up access). July-Sept daily 09:00-18:00. 13th C ring-fortress, the stronghold of the Earls of Kildare till 1536 then forfeited and awarded to the Earls of Desmond. Visit by guided tour from the Heritage Centre. Adult €10.
  • Augustinian friary. Now the Church of Ireland.
  • Trinitarian friary. Now the Catholic Church.
  • Franciscian friary. Ruin.
  • Thatched cottages throughout the village.
  • Adare Manor is now a plush hotel, see "Sleep".


Adare has two golf courses, the Adare Manor Golf Club and Adare Golf Club. The Adare Golf Club, home to the 2007 Irish Open, also boasts a driving range.

Clonshire equestrian centre is a must for show-jumping enthusiasts.

There is a medium-sized park in the center of the village for walks and some R&R.

The library is located next to the Heritage Centre (across from the Village Hall).


There is a 24hr ATM outside the AIB bank next to the roundabout in the centre of the village.

There is a number of craft shops throughout the village. These are primarily focused on tourists.


  • The Arches, Main St, +353 61 396 246. Daily 11:00-21:30. Friendly restaurant, good place to bring kids.
  • Blue Door, Main St. Daily 12:00-21:00. Bistro gets consistently great reviews for food and welcome.
  • Houfu, Main St, +353 61 396 383. M-Sa 16:00-00:00, Su 14:00-23:00. Good Chinese for sit in or takeaway.
  • The Maigue is in Dunraven Arms Hotel, see "Sleep".
  • The Wild Geese, Rose Cottage, Main St, +353 61 396 451. Tu-Sa 11:30-15:00, 18:00-22:00; Su 12:30-15:00. Upscale Irish cuisine in 1820s cottage, reservations recommended.


Adare has four pubs:

  • Bill Chawke's
  • Collins
  • Aunty Lena's
  • Sean Collins'


  • Heritage Centre

All three hotels have bars.

Most Restaurants have a licence.

Both Golf clubs have a bar and restaurant.


  • Dunraven Arms Hotel. 4 star.
  • Woodlands House Hotel. 3 star.
  • Numerous B&Bs and guesthouses.
  • Splurge at 1 Adare Manor Hotel (in parkland east edge of town). Grand hotel & golf resort, mostly 19th C - in 1836 the entire property was valued at £130! Also hosts Adare Golf Club and Limerick Cricket Club. B&B double from €750. Adare Manor (Q4680814) on Wikidata Adare Manor on Wikipedia


The Post office is located in a pink building on the main street next to Collins' Bar (across from the Village Hall).

Stay safe[edit]

The Garda (Police) station is located in a yellow building across the street from the Post Office.

Go next[edit]

Adare is a good location for onward touring around the southwest of Ireland as Tralee and Killarney are about 1hr 30 min away by car. Adare is a nice location to cycle around and from as the local roads are generally quiet.

Adare is near Limerick City, Shannon and Bunratty.

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