O'Brien's Tower

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

O'Brien's Tower
Túr Uí Bhriain
O'Brien's Tower 1.jpg
O'Brien's Tower
O'Brien's Tower is located in Ireland
O'Brien's Tower
General information
Statusin use
TypeObservation tower
LocationCliffs of Moher, Clare
Town or cityLiscannor
Coordinates52°58′22.84″N 9°25′49.93″W / 52.9730111°N 9.4305361°W / 52.9730111; -9.4305361Coordinates: 52°58′22.84″N 9°25′49.93″W / 52.9730111°N 9.4305361°W / 52.9730111; -9.4305361
Elevation188 m (617 ft)
Named forCornelius O'Brien
Opened1835; 188 years ago (1835)
ClientSir Cornelius O'Brien
Technical details
Floor count3

O'Brien's Tower marks the highest point of the Cliffs of Moher, a very popular tourist destination in County Clare, Ireland. It is located a short distance from the villages Doolin and Liscannor.


The tower was built on the cliffs in 1835 by local landlord and MP Sir Cornellius O'Brien as an observation tower for the English tourists who frequented the cliffs at the time: "strangers visiting the Magnificent Scenery of this neighbourhood". It is said to have initially served as a teahouse, featuring a large round table with seats of ironwork.[1]: 29 

Another version tells of O'Brien building the tower in order to impress women he was courting. On a clear day the view can extend as far as Loop Head at the southern tip of Clare and beyond to the mountains of Kerry. Looking north from O'Brien's Tower on clear days, the Twelve Bens in Connemara (also known as the Twelve Pins) beyond Galway Bay can be seen, and typically the Aran Islands to the west.

O'Briens Tower is just visible in this panoramic view of the Cliffs of Moher.
The plateau where the tower is located, fenced off to discourage potentially dangerous hiking.


  1. ^ Roche, D. The Clare Guide - Official Irish Tourist Board Guide. Bord Failte.
  • Portrait of Ireland: Landscapes, Treasures, Traditions (Dorling Kindersley Travel Guides), 1 August 2000, ISBN 0-7894-6361-X

External links[edit]