Situated in the West of Ireland in County Galway, Connemara National Park covers some 2,000 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park’s mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range. Connemara National Park was established and opened to the public in 1980.
Much of the present Park lands formed part of the Kylemore Abbey Estate and the Letterfrack Industrial School, the remainder having been owned by private individuals. The southern part of the Park was at one time owned by Richard (Humanity Dick) Martin who helped to form the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals during the early 19th century. The Park lands are now wholly owned by the State and managed solely for National Park purpose.
In line with public health advice, we are pleased to be offering some guided walks and nature activities for children starting with a programme of events for July. Please see details below and our current guidelines. You must read and
In 2019 a new twinning arrangement was established between the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and Parks Canada, connecting Connemara National Park and the Marconi Station in Ireland respectively with Terra Nova National Park and Signal Hill National Historic
We need your views! Visitors are currently permitted to walk their dogs in Connemara National Park. We want to find out what all visitors and staff think about the control of dogs and dog fouling here in Connemara National Park.
We are delighted to announce that the Tea Room will be reopening from Saturday June 5th. On June 5th and 6th, it's takeaway only and from June 7th we'll be open for outside dining in our beautiful courtyard setting. Opening
Connemara National Park is staffed 7 days a week from 9am to 5.30pm for advice, enquiries and toilet facilities if required.
Toilet facilities are open from 9am to 5.30pm - visitors are asked to wear a face mask when entering toilet blocks.
Tea Room is open for takeaways and outdoor dining.
Please follow the one way systems on all the trails.
Playground has re-opened but is not supervised by National Park staff.
Wild Camping is permitted to accommodate visitors exploring the wider National Park. Camping is strictly prohibited in exclusion zone, nearest permitted camping area is several kilometers from the Visitor Centre (approx. 2 hours walk). Staying overnight with camper vans etc. in our car parks continues to be prohibited, overnight parking in our car park is also prohibited.
Please keep dogs on leads at all times and plan to take your litter home as there are no outside bins.