Adare is located 18 kilometres south-west of Limerick city on the N21 Limerick - Tralee route. Adare is set in a picturesque location on the banks of the River Maigue, a tributary of the River Shannon.
It is renowned as one of Ireland's prettiest villages, and is designated as a Heritage Town and has won many prestigious Tidy Town Awards.
With its picture postcard main street of thatched cottages and medieval buildings, the village is rich in ancient and archaeological remains with a history dating back to 1200 AD and a unique attractiveness which has made it a major tourist destination in particular for overseas visitors.
Even the entrance to the village from the east gives way to views of ancient buildings including the Norman built Desmond Castle on the banks of the Maigue while the 19th century Neo Gothic Adare Manor set in 840 acres of parkland and nestled among tall oaks was home to the Dunraven family until 1982.
The local Adare Heritage Centre on the main street, hosts a number of crafts shops, heraldry, restaurant, tourist information point, library, historical exhibition (which gives a deep insight into the history of Adare, open all year round, Free Admission) toilets facilities and ample free car & coach parking to the rear of the building. www.adareheritagecentre.ie
gives a deep insight into the history of the village with an interesting exhibition and also hosts a number of craft shops and a restaurant.
Adare is also a very popular wedding and conference venue and has also become a major golf destination hosting the Irish Open at the Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort, as well as being a base for golfers playing courses in nearby Ballybunion and Lahinch. There is one other course in the village open since 1900 and also a pitch & putt course.
There is an equestrian centre located at Clonshire and the village is home to a number of world renowned stables. The church on the main street is the only Trinitarian Monastery in Ireland; which was founded in 1230 and restored by the local Earl of Dunraven in the 1800’s.
Nearby attractions include the Augustinian Friary, Adare Castle, Adare Franciscan Friary, Adare Desmond Castle Tours, Adare Heritage Centre, Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort, the Adare Trinitarian Church and the Buttercup Visitor Farm.
Further information on Adare is available on www.adarevillage.com