Visitor Centre

Visitor Centre1Clara Bog Visitor Centre is co-located with the library in Clara and offers visitors a fascinating insight into the bog.  The interactive interpretive area covers themes such as: the development of peatlands; biodiversity of raised bogs; the history and archaeology associated with raised bogs; and some unique facts about Clara Bog.  The multi-purpose Audio Visual room can accommodate groups of 50 and is available for meetings, talks, workshops and courses to local/environmental groups. 

The Visitor Centre offers walks, talks, workshops and other educational activities for adults and children. Please see our section on News and Events or Education for further information.  As opening times vary we recommend that you contact us before visiting.  The boardwalk is open and accessible all day all year round. 

We are located just 10 minutes off Exit 6 on the M6 motorway.  We are also just 10 minutes from Kilbeggan, Tullamore and Athlone.  The Centre has free car parking, with bus parking available on request.  Please note that the car park at the Centre closes at 5 pm Mon – Friday. 

We are less than a 5 minute walk from Clara Railway Station.  Visitors can reach the Boardwalk by walking or by car.  It is located 1.5 kms from the Centre on the Clara – Rahan Road.  There are parking bays and bicycle rack available at the Boardwalk.  For information on Clara please see

Tel: 057 9368878

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Address: Clara Bog Visitor Centre, Ballycumber Road, Clara, Co. Offaly - R35 T621

Latitude: 53.341923   Longitude: -7.617452

N – 53 20 30.932    W -   7 37 12.827

Clara Bog Visitor Centre will open on May 8th 2017.  Please be advised that we cater for booked groups and on occasion the visitor centre may be closed during operational hours.  It is advisable to book your visit or to phone us ahead of your arrival.  Please note that the boardwalk at Clara Bog Nature Reserve is open daily and accessible all year round.  


Opening Hours


Monday:                 10:00 a.m. - 17:00 p.m. 

Tuesday:                 10:00 a.m. - 17:00 p.m. 

Wednesday:            10:00 a.m. - 17:00 p.m. 

Thursday:               10:00 a.m. - 17:00 p.m. 

Friday:                    10:00 a.m. - 17:00 p.m. 

Saturday:                Closed

Sunday:                  Closed

Bank Holiday           Closed