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How to Save Serious Money at the Cliffs of Moher

August 22, 2017

The Cliffs of Moher, on Ireland’s west coast consistently rank amongst the most visited spots sites in the country, seeing approximately one million visitors each year.  Though you can pay the €6 entrance fee for each adult in your party and join the masses spending more than they need to, we know a way to save you some money!

At their start, the cliffs reach 120 metres above the Atlantic Ocean and, eight kilometres to the north, they reach their maximum height – a massive 214 metres.  The tallest section falls near O’Brien’s Tower, a round stone tower built in 1835, which just so happens to make for fantastic photos against the background of cliffs and sea below.

Getting to the Cliffs of Moher

The drive from Dublin to County Clare is a treat in itself.  Along the way visitors enjoy the greenest pastures you could imagine, fields of farm animals and, chances are, a spot of rain.  Yes, it would seem the weather in Ireland is deserving of its reputation but the landscape clearly benefits from the extra water!

We hired a car from Dublin airport and used Waze (an app that will give you point to point directions whilst connected to WiFi – no need for data) to find our way there.  It’s an easy drive along well-maintained roads and rental cars are cheap as chips, so it was an easy choice for us.

Where to Stay

With a number of small towns within a 30 minute drive of the cliffs, we decided upon an Airbnb in Milton Malbay.

Lorna’s sleepout was comfortable, warm, close to the most gorgeous little town and best of all, she was an absolute hoot!  We had a great time chatting away to our host – she’s exactly what an Airbnb host should be.

Though we only spent the one night there, we could have very happily stayed on.

How to Save Money on Your Entrance to the Cliffs of Moher

Save your hard-earned cash and avoid the main entrance to the cliffs. Instead, keep your eyes peeled for the blue and yellow signs to Guerin’s Path.  This homegrown business offers a low-cost parking and access to some of the most famous cliffs in the world.

If you’re approaching from the top of the coast, you’ll drive past the official visitor centre and find signs to the cliff walk on your right soon thereafter.  If you’re coming from the bottom of the coast, it will be on your left before the visitor centre.

Follow the signs up towards the top of the cliff and you’ll be rewarded with access to this famous sight for only €5 for the entire car.  If you just so happen to have 5 adults in that car, that’s a massive saving of €25 for the group!

Make sure you plan your visit well as the site doesn’t have any bathrooms or facilities but if all you’re looking for are spectacular views out to the Cliffs of Moher, you’ll be in for a treat.  If you do find yourself in a bind and need the bathroom, the visitor centre is about 15 minutes away, walking along the top of the cliffs and they’re able to be accessed there at no charge.

We really enjoyed our visit to the Cliffs of Moher and would highly recommend planning for your Irish road-trip to pass through the region.


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Save money on your entrance to the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. Avoid the crowds on this famous European tourist attraction whilst enjoying spectacular views!  Plan your own Irish itinerary with this discounted entry guide. Save money on your entrance to the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. Avoid the crowds on this famous European tourist attraction whilst enjoying spectacular views!  Plan your own Irish itinerary with this discounted entry guide.

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  • Reply VivaLaCassy August 27, 2017 at 7:56 am

    what a great tip!!! I love skipping the tourist traps. I get so much pleasure out of saving my money….almost as much as the trip itself!! LOLOL

  • Reply Nadine Maffre August 27, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Such a handy tip! 6 euros doesn’t seem that much, but you’re right about it adding up if you’re travelling as a group. Will have to remember this for next time I visit Ireland!

  • Reply ablondeandherpassport August 27, 2017 at 8:04 am

    When I was there three years we stayed at an Airbnb at the lady told us of an alternative entrance that was honesty based at the time! Maybe this is the same entrance!

  • Reply Harbors and Havens (@harborsnhavens) August 27, 2017 at 8:25 am

    What a great tip! We haven’t been yet so we’ll keep this in mind when we go. Thanks!

  • Reply Christie Sultemeier August 27, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Great info!! I didnt even know that you had to pay to go there! I guess it makes sense since you have to pay to do just about everything these days. Pinning this for when I make it there finally!

  • Reply Sarah August 27, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Cool tip! Definitely want to go there one day. So gorgeous!

  • Reply Lien August 27, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing how to save on the entrance fee 😉 Very useful post!

  • Reply wawtours August 28, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    When in the region make sure you include a day or two in The Burren to explore a unique landscape and a rich heritage and more flowers than you could shake a stick at.

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