Burren Nature Sanctuary & Cafe, Kinvara

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Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Situated on a 50 acre organic farm, Burren Nature Sanctuary provides an accessible experience of the unique features of this UNESCO designated destination of spectacular beauty.

Located outside the picturesque village of Kinvara, Co Galway, along the Wild Atlantic Way, the Burren Nature Sanctuary is an ideal discovery point for the Burren en-route from Dublin or Galway to the Cliffs of Moher.

Immerse yourself in the magical Burren landscape formed over millions of years, through glaciation, erosion and human activity. Experience the unique and diverse Burren flora and landscape. Visit the Burren Botany Bubble, home to the National Botanical Collection of Burren flora, where seasonal Alpine, Mediterranean, Arctic and tropical plants grow alongside native Irish wildflowers.

Explore the Burren Nature Sanctuary Interpretive Trail which showcases the features of Burren, geology and biodiversity through interpretive panels and audio tour. Discover fossils from ancient tropical seas in the limestone rocks. Identify seasonal wild flowers growing in the spaces between the rocks. Look out for butterflies and orchids in the organic meadow. Spot migratory birds at the Disappearing Lake or Turlough, a freshwater tidal lake that empties every 11 hours and is a rare phenomenon. Stroll through the hedgerows of native Irish trees lining the ancient green road or boreen.

Connect with nature, yourself and each other as you experience the peace and tranquility of this ancient landscape. Meet the farm animals – donkeys, pigs and sheep. Say hello to Frisky the feral Burren goat! Find the fairy houses in the native Hazel Woodland. See the archaeology of our farming ancestors in the round field and abandoned village.

Relax in the Sanctuary Café enjoy fresh local produce café open until 5pm. Browse the Avoca shop. Free wifi. Indoor soft play and outdoor adventure playground.

Covid restrictions 2020 - One way system in place, indoor play in sessions, pizza menu, social distancing throughout. Thank you
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  • Came here last week in August with 3 kids aged 8,7 and 5. We booked online the morning of visiting. On entry we had to wear masks and use disinfectant for hands. Names and contact no.taken, kids...  more »
  • We visited on a rare dry day in August and did the Fairy Pig walk. Mary was a super host and worked hard to engage our teen and tween. Included in the ticket price for the pig walk is access to the...  more »
  • I love it here. Very relaxing and the array of products is amazing. The cafe looked nice but was busy at the time. We walked around the gardens where they get alot of their ingredients from
  • A brilliant place rain or shine - healthy delicious food for kids and grown ups.

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