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Discover fossils from ancient tropical seas in the limestone rocks formed over millions of years. Identify seasonal wildflowers growing in the spaces between the rocks. Look out for butterflies and orchids in the organic meadow; migratory birds at the Turlough, a freshwater tidal lake that empties every 11 hours and is a rare phenomenon. Stroll through the hedgerow of native Irish trees lining the ancient green road or boreen.
Connect with nature, yourself and each other in the peace and tranquillity of this ancient landscape. Visit the Botany Bubble, home to the National Botanical Collection of unique and diverse Burren flora, where seasonal Alpine, Mediterranean, Arctic and tropical plants grow alongside native Irish wildflowers. Meet the farm animals: donkeys, pigs and sheep. Say hello to Frisky the feral Burren goat. Find the fairy houses in the native Hazel Woodland. Relax in the Sanctuary Café, enjoy fresh local produce.
The newest addition ‘The Fairy Pig Walk’ will introduce you to their adopted and retired farm pets. With a wealth of local knowledge, they will give you an insight into the area and the Burren, the most biodiverse place in Ireland. You will see the ancient dwellings where people survived on this small farm hundreds of years ago. Supporting compassion in world farming their mission is to engage people with animals and nature so they fall in love and change the world! For more info on ‘The Fairy Pig Walk’ click here.
- Looped Nature Trail
- Farm pets
- Orchid rich wildflower meadow
- Botanical Exhibit
- Walk Emilia the Juliana pig around the fairy woodland
Open Year Round
Easter to August:
Daily 10:00 - 18:00
September to December:
Wed-Sun: 9:00 – 17:00
February to Easter:
Wed-Sun: 9:00 - 17:00
Open Bank Holidays & School Mid-Term Breaks
Last admission: 17:00 (Easter - August), 16:00 (September - December & Febraury - Easter)
Approx. visit duration: Allow at least 90 minutes
Footwear: Some of the footpaths are uneven; appropriate footwear is advised.
Seniors (aged 65+): €6.00
Child (aged 4 and over): €11.00
Child (under 3): €6.00
Family (2 Adults and 3 Children) €37.00
Other Useful Information
Leaflets and Audio Guides in English, written guide in French.
DINING / REFRESHMENTS
Sanctuary Cafe: Lunch served 12:00 to 16:45, Cakes and coffee 10:00 to 17:00.
Avoca Gift Shop, craft products, pottery, candles, blankets, children's toys
Free car and coach parking on site.
The Sanctuary is partially wheelchair accessible. Hazel Woodland and Fairy Village are not wheelchair accessible.
ACCOLADES & AWARDS
2017 Geopark LIFE A well-understood Heritage Award
2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Award
2014 Visitor Interpretation Award
2018 Trip Advisor No.1 thing to do in Kinvara
2019 Business for Biodiversity Award
Located in the picturesque village of Kinvara, along the Wild Atlantic Way, ideally situated en-route from Galway or Dublin to the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark. 60 km from Shannon Airport.
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