Connemara National Park

Overview

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Connemara National Park covers some 2,000 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands in County Galway. Some of the National Park’s mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range. Opened to the public in 1980, the National Park includes lands that once formed part of the Kylemore Abbey Estate, the Letterfrack Industrial School, and the private property of Richard ‘Humanity Dick’ Martin, who helped to form the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Enjoy a free exhibition at the Visitor Centre that details the changes in the landscape since the end of the last ice age. Learn about the historical land use of the Park lands and about peatland conservation. There is also a free 20 minute film about the National Park including information on the historical land use, conservation, biodiversity and ongoing work in the National Park. Keep an eye on our website for special events that run throughout the year. There are four walking trails including the Diamond Hill walk. All trails are accessed from the Visitor Centre situated close to Letterfrack Village. More information can be gained from the Guide staff at the Visitor Centre. Beyond these trails, there are no formal trails or footpaths. Exploring the wider National Park is very much for the experienced hiker who can navigate using a map and a compass. Pop into The Hungry Hiker and enjoy fresh bean coffee and why not treat yourself to a slice of homemade cake whilst sitting in our courtyard, at the foot of Diamond Hill, or in the playground while the kids enjoy some fresh Connemara air. Homemade scones available daily, giving you that boost before attempting one of the many walks in the Park. Homemade soup and brown brown bread made freshly on the premises as well as a selection of sandwiches served with salads.

Prices from

Free to Visit

Current opening times

Monday 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Facilities

  • Galleries & Museums
  • Walking and Hiking
  • Eco Friendly
  • Sightseeing
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Parks
  • Mature visitors
  • Nature Lovers
  • Adventure Seekers
  • Historical
  • Heritage Sites
  • Solo Visitors
  • Food On Site
  • Toilets
  • Guide Dogs Welcomed
  • Car Parking Available
  • Guided Tours
  • Free to Visit
  • Families
  • Friends
  • Kids
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Contact details

  • Connemara National Park
  • Letterfrack
  • Ireland
9541054
cnp@npws.gov.ie