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Burren Nature Sanctuary is situated in the picturesque village of Kinvara, Co. Galway along the Wild Atlantic Way en-route from Dublin or Galway to the Cliffs of Moher


Burren Nature Sanctuary, Cloonasee, Kinvara, Co. Galway, Ireland


Phone: 00 353 (91) 637 444


From Galway direction turn left in Kinvara at Sextons bar

Take right fork

Burren Nature Sanctuary is 2 minutes / 1km on left

From Cliffs of Moher direction turn right at Sextons Bar in Kinvara

Take right fork

Burren Nature Sanctuary is 2 minutes / 1km on left

GPS: N53.1292128 W8.93008

Burren Nature Sanctuary September to December:

Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10am to 6pm

Admission to Burren Nature Sanctuary 2017:

€5     Adults

€5     Children aged under 4

€10   Children aged over 4

€35   Family Day Pass (2 adults & 3 children)

Babies not walking Free

Over 65s Free

Sanctuary Café, Waterfall Garden and Gift shop open to all visitors

Seasonal Membership:

Family Membership:

Price: €25 per named child


Two adults free per membership card

50% discount on named children's entry midweek and winter weekends

25% discount on named children's entry weekends and bank holidays

10% discount on Birthday Party bookings 

Adult Membership:

Price €20 per named adult


Free entry for named adult plus one adult guest

(terms & conditions apply)

Welcome to Burren Nature Sanctuary, a magical place to connect to nature....

A special place to experience the unique and diverse Burren landscape and botany.  Set on a 50 acre organic farm, in Kinvara, Co Galway, Burren Nature Sanctuary is an ideal introduction to the magical Burren landscape. Visit the Botany Bubble which houses the National Collection of Burren flora in season.  Explore the nature trail through Burren habitats of shattered limestone, ancient woodland, a unique disappearing lake and wildflower meadow. Discover fairy houses in the hazel wood and meet friendly goats pigs and donkeys.  Explore the adventure playgrounds and indoor Nature Quest play area. Connect with nature, yourself and each other as you enjoy the peace and tranquility of this ancient landscape.

Burren Nature Trail: Explore the Burren Nature Sanctuary Interpretive Trail which showcases features of Burren geology and biodiversity.  The trail is dotted with illustrated information panels, pick up a map at the Visitor Centre, download our Audio Tour, join in one of our botany talks or guided walks see events page. Discover fossils from ancient tropical seas in the limestone rocks formed over millions of years. Identify seasonal wild flowers growing in the spaces between the rocks. Look out for butterflies and orchids in the wildflower meadow and spot migratory birds at the turlough, a fresh tidal lake that empties every 11 hours and is a rare phenomenon found in limestone regions. Stroll through the hedgerow of native Irish trees the line the ancient green road or boreen. See the archaeology of our farming ancestors in the round field and abandoned village.

Botany Bubble: Visit the Botany Bubble, home to the National Collection of Burren flora, where seasonal Alpine, Mediterranean, Arctic and tropical plants grow alongside Irish wildflowers

Sanctuary Café Relax in the Sanctuary Café a proud member of the Burren Food Trail,  enjoy fresh local produce.  Celebrate birthdays and special occasions with a party in our tipi. Browse the Avoca shop.

Education: Learn about the Burren biodiversity and geography through our educational programmes for primary schools, Leaving Certificate Geography and Ecology, Third Level and international students.

Eco Tourism: Immerse yourself in the magical Burren landscape formed over millions of years through glaciation, erosion and human activity.  See why the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark is a UNESCO designated region with outstanding geology and unique culture heritage managed in a sustainable way.  Burren Nature Sanctuary is a member of the Burren Ecotourism Network and adheres to the code of conduct of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark.

We have been recognised for our environmental interpretation and conservation and recently received Irish Responsible Tourism Award in 2016 and a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2017.