Situated on the river Maigue, a tributary of the Shannon river, Adare dates back, at least, to the early 13th century. During its long history, Adare, as a strategic location, has been the subject of many conquests, wars and rebellions. These beautiful little village provides a rightfully pleasant feel for all visitors. It features beautiful thatched cottages, medieval churches covered in ivy, and gardens blooming in a variety of colors. Although the cottages are medieval in appearance as well, they were actually erected by the third Earl of Dunraven, who had a great interest in early Irish architecture, for his estate tenants in the mid 19th century.
At the center from the estate stands the imposing presence of Adare Manor. This stately, Tudor-Gothic revival mansion was constitutional 1832 and was formerly the family home of the Dunravens. It now serves as an renowned deluxe hotel.
Adare Village as well contains an variety of ruins to explore, including those of a castle on the riverbanks, a Franciscan friary from 1464 and the Desmond family chapel from the 15th century.
Nearly the bridge across the River Maigue, you can see the remains from an fourteenth century Augustinian friary, which became a Church of Ireland parish facility in 1875. The refectory was transformed into a school and its cloisters later used as mausoleums.
Adare are an major tourist destination with a lot tours of Ireland stopping off in Adare. The local heritage center gives a deep insight into the history of the village and also hosts a number of craft shops and a restaurant. Adare is a very popular wedding and conference venue and has recently become a major golf destination hosting the Irish Open at the Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort.
At that place is two equestrian centres at Clonshire and Adare Manor. Adare is home to a number of worls-renowned stables. Adare has a railway line passing through but has been closed for many years. The old station house is still standing today.