Top five things to do in Ennis

03 August, 2021

Ennis has something to offer everyone. Here are our top five suggestions for things to do while staying in the capital of County Clare.

Ennis Friary

Ennis Friary, established in the 13th century, was once renowned across Europe as a centre of learning. Visitors can view the friary’s famous medieval sculptures and take advantage of the regular guided tours exploring the site’s history, archaeology and architecture. The building contains an exceptional wealth of 15th- and 16th-century sculptures carved in the local hard limestone. No visit to Ennis would be complete without a visit to the town’s oldest building.


Ennis Friary - historic monument
Ennis Friary - historic monument

Ennis Farmers' Market

Ennis Farmers' Market takes place in the town every Friday from 8am to 2pm. Visitors and locals are invited to come, browse and enjoy the best of local producers and growers. The market has a wide range of distinctive stalls where visitors will find local/organic/free-range produce. The sellers only sell products from within the county or a 30-mile radius of the market, except where the product is not available locally and is deemed appropriate by the Farmers’ Market Committee.

Freshly baked treats at the Ennis Farmers Market
Ennis Farmers Market freshly baked goods

Water sports

Clare Kayak Hire is a Water Sports company that rent out kayaks and SUP boards every day in July and August by Ballyalla Lake, just north of Ennis. The company caters for individuals, large groups and much more. Summer camps are also held in July and August, with a mix of kayaking, stand-up paddling, games and playtime.

A girl jumping into the water
Clare Watersports at Ballyalla Lake

Guided walking tours

The best way to uncover the town's hidden gems is to walk the streets and explore the culture, people and history. Guided tours are led by local tour guide Ollie, who will talk you through the cobblestone streets of Ireland's Friendliest Town. The tours last one hour and 15 mins and prices range from €12 to €15. The tour is suitable for all ages. 

Ollie with tourists at the market in Ennis
Ollie's Walking Tour of Ennis


Glór is a thriving arts centre located in Ennis, which serves up a vibrant programme of theatre, music, dance, visual arts, film and workshops. The venue works with a wide range of promoters, artists, partners and local festivals to celebrate national, international and local talent. Glór also runs activities such as artists’ guided tours, workshops, demonstrations and family trad sessions. 

Musician playing in Glór
A musican playing in Glor