Took some relatives to Adare in recent weeks; one elderly. Parking is a total mess, confusing and anything remotely available is a long way off. We drove back and forth a few times before finally giving up. Very tourist unfriendly. Never again. Don't bother, they put you through too much and nothing convenient. Too bad.
Adare is often called Ireland's most picturesque village and it is certainly quaint and beautiful. There is a visitor information and heritage centre in the main street near Holy Trinity Church which has free maps and information about the village and some interesting displays.
Most of the places to see are located in this street including some ancient churches and gorgeous thatched cottages. Its very compact and can be seen in an hour or two. There are a few cafes and pubs. I had a nice lamb roast at the pub on the left side of Main Street near the intersection with Rathkeale Road. Sorry but the name escapes me.
Desmond Castle, which can be seen on the left as you enter the village from Limerick is having renovation work done and may be closed.
There's a big tourist centre with gift shops and cafe. But apart from that there are 3 main building structures to checkout. A monastry, friary and another... i wasnt really paying attention to much this day as I was keen to get to our next hotel. But if your going through do stop and have a look!
In the small village of Adare you will find the ruins of 4 different friaries and you will find them close to the castle. One of these friaries is even placed inside the golf-court of the hotel and might be visited by hotel-guests only. In summertime there will be guards sending away all tourists, who dont stay in the hotel, but I came once in April and had no problem at all to take these pics of Adare castle-hotel and the friary at the golf-course.
Adare with all these wonderful straw-thatched houses is one of the places I always made a stop for a few hours, when I got into the area around Dingle-Island.
On the main street, close to the castle ( that is used as a luxury-hotel nowadays ) you will find 6 or 7 of these beatifully decorated houses.
Most people say, that Adare is a tourist-trap, but I like it a lot and may highly recommend it for a stop-over. For a place to stay overnight, for souvenir-shopping etc., you better check the prices in advance, they are a bit higher because they are used to hundreds of bus-tourists every day in summer and tourists staying only a short time will accept almost any prices !
The village of Adare is often called "the most beautiful village of Ireland". In my few days in the country I haven't seen enough to give my opinion about this though, but it definitely was the most beautiful one I've seen. Adare is situated in the County Limerick at about 20 kilometers southwest of the city Limerick.
Adare is famous for its Adare Manor, a 19th century manor that is used as a luxurious hotel nowadays, right in the middle of a golfcourse. But of course the village is even better known for its beautiful cottages that border the mainstreet through the centre.
These cottages look typically English with thatched roofs, perfectly maintained gardens, and colourfully painted walls, doors and windows. And besides this, Adare also has a nice old church, a park and a lot of small shops, restaurants and pubs in which you can try the local specialities.
Want more information about this village? Check out my Adare-page.
We stayed in Adare. Lots of thatched roof homes, but the best part of ADARE is the ADARE house, castle. It is fantastic. It costs about $400.00 a night to stay but I am telling you it is worth every penny. I had a friend so we could split the cost but DO NOT MISS staying here if you can. I would go back to Ireland again just to stay in this place. Look it up on the internet and see for your self.
The grounds of this place are fantastic. It is like a royal home in the country. Can't begin to describe it. Go, GO, go!!!
This monastery is amazingly enough surrounded by The Adare Manor Golf Club.:-)
It is well taken care off and still used once a year for a methodist service!
Just walk on to the greens and take a look.......:-))))
Adare is one of the Heritage Towns of Ireland and has a very charming centre.
If you are a golf fan this will be heaven for you cause there are two beautiful courses here.
A good place to have a stop and breath in the atmosphere.
Adare is the typical kind of village one pictures in their mind when they think of old Ireland. More than anything the village retains it's chocolate box image these days more for the tourist than anything else. Most of the little thatched cottages are just fronts for one shop or another. All that said and done it is still a place worth a visit if only to say you have seen it and take some pictures. And if you are on a tour of Ireland I dare say you will see it as a lot of tour busses passed through while I was there.
Adare is a small farming market town with nice welcoming people. The thatched cottages adorn this lovely quiet place and give a sense of a more romantic past compared to a lot of modern towns.