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Clones Heritage Town
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Home to Clones Crochet Lace, this heritage town is an old Monastic settlement dating from the 6th century with interesting historic sites all located within the town centre and easily accessible. Unique attractions include the Clones Lace Museum in the Ulster Canal Stores  Visitor Centre and the Cassandra Hand Folk & Famine Centre.

This historic town was founded by St Tighernach in the 6th century. You can still see the round tower which belonged to his monastery and all-around Clones you can discover signs of this ecclesiastical past - the ancient High Cross that stands in the Diamond and the 12th century St Peter and Paul’s Abbey - known to locals as ‘the wee abbey’.

Another building of note is the Cassandra Hand Folk and Famine Centre. This tells the story of the Famine and its impact on the lives of the people of the area.

The Ulster Canal Stores Visitor Centre was originally a distribution centre for goods using the Ulster Canal. It is now home to a unique museum which tells the story of Clones Crochet Lace and how it thrived as a cottage industry and sustained many local families in hard times. There is also a lovely bistro on site and it’s set in a peaceful site along the banks of the old Canal. 

That is just a taste of the story of Clones. To discover more visitors can follow the Clones Heritage Trail (Self-guided or Walking Tour option).

Highlights include:
  •  Discover all about Clones Crochet Lace in the new Lace Museum based in the Ulster Canal Stores Visitor Centre and enjoy a sustaining ‘cuppa’ or something more filling in the bistro afterwards.
  • Drop in to the Cassandra Hand Folk and Famine Centre where the children can dress up in costumes from the era.
  • Journey back in time with local guides on a Walking Tour of the town and follow the story of Christianity as it helped shape Clones.
  • Relax in the Barry McGuigan park – named after one of Clones’ most famous sons.
  • Explore your roots in the County Library which holds many of the county’s genealogical records.
  • Enjoy a round of golf on a lovely parkland course at Clones Golf Club.


Visitor Information

Ulster Canal Stores Visitor Centre


9:00 -17:30 Tuesday to Saturday
Large Tours Groups by Appointment.
Free entry and full disabled access.

Cassandra Hand Folk & Famine Centre 

Open May to September from Monday – Friday 10:00 – 16:00
Oct – April – Viewing by Appointment. 
Group Tours welcome.

Guided Tours of the town can be organised by contacting either of the premises above. Tours also take place every Saturday from May to October, departing the Ulster Canal Stores Visitor Centre at 11:00 and lasting approximately 1.5 hours.

Contact Details

Ulster Canal Stores Visitor Centre (Lace Museum & Bistro)
Clones, Co. Monaghan

T: +353 47 52125
W: www.ulstercanalstoresvisitorcentre.ie

Approx. visit duration: Spend a minimum of 90 mins to visit the Canal Stores and allow extra time to explore the town and its many visitor attractions.


Other Useful Information

DINING / REFRESHMENTSThe Canal Stores has a lovely bistro on-site and The Creighton Hotel is a family-run hotel which offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a relaxed setting.

The on-site gift store in the Ulster Canal Stores Visitor Centre offers a select range of handmade Clones Crochet Lace, Irish heritage-themed books and locally made crafts. 

Car and coach parking available throughout the town.



Map Location

On the N54 route. 20Km from Monaghan Town. 25Km from Cavan Town. 130Km from Dublin Airport. 120Km from Belfast International Airport.


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