Welcome to Clifden
Welcome to the Visit Clifden website. Here you will find information on what to do, where to stay, what’s on, and where to eat, drink and shop in Clifden, the largest town in Connemara. The picturesque market town is nestled between the Twelve Bens mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, at the mouth of Clifden Bay.
Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, the town of Clifden is loved by all who visit. Clifden is populated with friendly and welcoming people and is well known for it’s history, heritage, activities, and world class hospitality.
Shop in Clifden this Christmas
Clifden is a real alternative to all other shopping destinations this Christmas with an excellent quality and variety of retailers to be explored. Keep an eye on our Events page for upcoming Christmas events.
As well as all these events the retailers will be offering great value for money and many discounts that can be availed of throughout the festive season.
Interesting Facts About the clifden area
Clifden gained prominence after 1905 when Guglielmo Marconi decided to build his first high power transatlantic long wave wireless telegraphy station four miles (6 km) south of the town to minimize the distance to its sister station in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia.
Alcock and Brown
On 15 June 1919 the first transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown crashlanded in Derrygimlagh bog, close to Marconi’s transatlantic wireless station.
Clifden native John O’Reilly formed and led the Saint Patrick’s Battalion, a unit of almost 200 immigrants and expatriates who defected from the US army and fought with Mexico in the Mexican-American War of 1846-48