Cliffs of Moher Opening Hours

By Aashima

The Cliffs of Moher are open year-round, with varying hours depending on the season. 

From January to February, as well as in November and December, the Cliffs are open from 9 am to 5 pm. 

During March, April, September, and October, they’re open from 8 am to 7 pm, and from May to August, Cliffs of Moher hours are from 8 am to 9 pm. 

The Cliffs are closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Please note that O’Brien’s Tower, the highest point of the cliffs, has varying opening hours based on the time of year. 

Cliffs of Moher opening hours are subject to change, so let’s read in detail about them and how long you need to explore them.

Cliffs of Moher Monthly Opening Hours

Cliffs of Moher Monthly Opening Hours
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Below is a comprehensive table detailing the monthly opening hours of the Cliffs of Moher throughout the year:

MonthOpening HoursClosing Hours
January9 am5 pm
February9 am5 pm
March8 am7 pm
April8 am7 pm
May8 am9 pm
June8 am9 pm
July8 am9 pm
August8 am9 pm
September8 am7 pm
October8 am7 pm
November9 am5 pm
December9 am5 pm

Cliffs of Moher Special Closures

While the Cliffs of Moher welcome visitors most of the year, it’s essential to take note of special closures during the holiday season. 

The Cliffs of Moher Experience remains closed on December 24, 25, and 26. 

During this time, the site briefly pauses, allowing its staff to enjoy the festive season with their loved ones.

Cliffs of Moher Ferry Times 

Cliffs of Moher cruise times start at 9 am, and it will be a full-day tour. 

We advise you to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early before the ferry departs.

Cliffs of Moher Winter Opening Hours

The Cliffs tend to be closed early during the winter, as it gets freezing for visitors.

So the winter timings are:

MonthsTimings 
November9 am to 5 pm
December9 am to 5 pm
January 9 am to 5 pm
February 9 am to 5 pm

November to February: 9 am to 5 pm 

Cliffs of Moher Summer Opening Hours

Here are the summer timings for the Cliffs of Moher.

MonthsTime
March-April8 am to 7 pm
May-August8 am to 9 pm
September-October8 am to 7 pm

The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Center’s opening hours are from 8 am to 7 pm (Monday to Sunday).

It remains closed on December 24, 25, and 26.

The last visitors are allowed 20 minutes before closing time.

Best time to visit Cliffs of Moher

The best time to visit the Cliffs of Moher is from April to September, as the Cliffs experience the most awesome weather then. 

However, it’s also the busiest season, with peak months in July and August and huge crowds between 11 am and 4 pm. 

For a more peaceful experience, avoiding these crowded times is recommended.

Optimal visiting hours are early in the morning (between 8 am and 11 pm) for a serene sunrise view with fewer people and a cool breeze. 

Alternatively, visiting two hours before sunset allows you to witness a dazzling sky and stunning views as the sun goes down. 

Enjoy the beauty of the Cliffs of Moher without the rush!

Something about the Irish Weather

Weather in Cliffs of Moher
Image: Cliffsofmoher.ie

When making travel plans to the Cliffs of Moher, it is important to consider the unpredictable weather in Ireland.

Checking the weather forecast beforehand is highly advisable to save yourself from erratic weather conditions.

Read our article on the weather at the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland, to plan your visit smoothly.

How long will it take to visit the Cliffs of Moher?

A visit to the Cliffs of Moher can take around 2 hours, exploring the main viewpoints.

However, some may stay longer, especially if they plan to hike along the cliffs or explore the Visitor Center and exhibits.

It can take up to two hours each way to walk.

If you have limited time, capturing the beauty of the Cliffs of Moher within an hour is still possible, focusing on the essential viewpoints and highlights.

FAQs

What time do the Cliffs of Moher close?

Cliffs of Moher closing times are seasonal.
 
During the summer (May–August), it closes at 9 pm and in winter (November–February), it closes at 5 pm.

In March, April, September, and October, it closes at 7 pm.

What are the Cliffs of Moher’s busy times?

The Cliffs of Moher are busiest from June to August, as this is the peak tourist season. 

Also, 11 am to 4 pm is the busiest time of the day. 

So, before 10 am and after 4 pm offer a good experience as there is less crowd. 

Can you visit the Cliffs of Moher for free?

The Cliffs of Moher are free to see. However, you have to pay the fee for the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Center.

The fee is seasonal but free for children under 12 (to a maximum of 4 children) and people over 65 years of age.

The price includes parking charges.

Should I go to the Cliffs of Moher in the morning or evening?

For a less crowded experience, you can visit the cliffs before 11 am and after 4 pm.  

Early morning and late evening are both suitable times for a quieter experience.

However, an evening visit offers you beautiful sunset views, and you can capture Instagram-worthy photos.

What are Cliffs of Moher cruise times?

If you are booking your cruise in advance, you need to board it at 9 am and reaching it before 10–15 minutes is advised.

The ferries operate many times during the day.

The sailing duration can last between 40 and 50 minutes.

What is the best time of day to go to the Cliffs of Moher?

The Cliffs of Moher are best visited before 11 am and after 4 pm.

During these hours, the crowd is less intense, giving you ample opportunity to view the cliffs comfortably.

How long does it take to visit the Cliffs of Moher?

Allow yourself a minimum of two hours to explore the cliffs. 

Explore O’Brien’s Tower, Hag’s Head, the famous cave, and the beautiful walking trails along the cliffs, which are amazing and hold their importance.

What is the best season to visit the Cliffs of Moher?

It is best to visit the Cliffs of Moher during the summer (from April to September).

Summer days are longer and the weather is pleasant in Ireland, which gives you more time to explore the cliffs comfortably.

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Aashima is an avid traveler who seeks out thrills and lives a simple, peaceful life. Bright clear skies are her calling.