The Midlands Sights

Clara Bog Visitor Centre

  • Ballycumber Rd. Map It
  • Tullamore
  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's Review

The story of Clara Bog is showcased in this visitor center through touch-screen, text, and audiovisuals, giving unique insights into bog ecology and 10,000 years of natural and social history. As one of the best remaining examples of an intact raised bog in western Europe, it is home to protected wildlife species, including the rare dark tussock moth, the keeled skimmer, a powder-blue dragonfly, and the grey partridge. Unique bog plants, such as Sphagnum mosses and the pink rosemary (Offaly's county flower), can be seen. The center is staffed seasonally by education guides (call in advance to check on opening hours). A five-minute walk from Clara Railway Station, Clara Bog is a wet environment (deep pools and quaking surfaces), so dress appropriately and stay on the boardwalk.

Sight Information


Clara, Ballycumber Rd., Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland

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Sight Details:

  • Closed Oct.–Apr.; May–Sept., closed weekends

Published 01/10/2017


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