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Burren National Park is one of six national parks in Ireland that are managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. It is located in the west of Ireland within The Burren in County Clare.

Burren National Park was founded and opened to the public in 1991. It features 1,500 hectares of mountains, bogs, heaths, grasslands and forests. The park is the smallest of Ireland's national parks.

Getting there

The closest major city with a big international airport is Dublin. The drive from Dublin to the national park is less than 3 hours. Going by car is definitely the best option. Other close cities include Galway and Limerick.

When to visit

The most popular season is during summer. The other seasons can get quite cold and windy. During this time you will get most of the national park for yourself.


Park website


Park size

15 km²

Park founded


Useful links

Walking Trails Info


Walking Trails Map


Park Geology


Map of Burren National Park

Image gallery of Burren National Park

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Sights in Burren National Park

Some national parks contain more than just natural wonders. This list shows you some of the sights that are located in the national park. This includes museums, cathedrals, bridges, dams and much more.

Visitor/Information centres in Burren National Park

Most national parks have an associated visitor centre to help visitors. They are usually open most of the year but some close in the off-season. You will often be able to find information on all the activities in the national park. A visit to the visitor centre is often recommended before venturing into the park.

Hiking trails in Burren National Park

Almost all national parks have some opportunities for hiking. You can see some of the more popular trails here. You should get local information for detailed information on all trails of the national park.

Wildlife in Burren National Park

These sections shows you some of the characteristic wildlife to the national park.

Bears in Burren National Park

Bears in Burren National Park

No bears in the park

This national park has no bears and you do not need to take precautions.