We were reversing back out of what must have been our 14th wrong turn of the morning. A hangover from the previous night’s mischief courtesy of Gus O’Conner’s pub in Doolin was roaring in our heads and we were 80 minutes into what now felt like an aimless quest to find Father Ted’s House in Clare.
Mainly thanks to some boll*x that set up a location for ‘Father Ted’s House’ on Google Maps in some random field in the middle of nowhere.
Now, while I never actually do the lotto, if by some bizarre turn of events I did end up magically winning the thing, one of the first things I’d be splashing out cash on is a beautiful old house in Lackareagh in County Clare.
The building in question once played home to one of the greatest shows ever to be set in Ireland; Father Ted.
If you’re in search of the house that holds a special place in the hearts of millions the world over, here’s a handy little guide to ensure that you don’t get lost on the way.
Getting to Father Ted’s House (aka Glanquin Farmhouse)
If you’re thinking to yourself, ‘Hold on a minute, the house from the show was on an island… what’s all this talk about a farmhouse?!’
Devastatingly – Craggy Island is, in fact, a fictional place – heartbreaking, I know!
The Parochial House from the series is officially known as Glanquin Farmhouse and can be found in Lackareagh, County Clare.
Depending where you leaving from, finding Father Ted’s House can be pretty tricky, and I’m speaking as a man who traipsed up and down many a country lane in the rain trying to find it.
Here it is on a map.
The best thing to do is to pop “Father Ted Parochial House” into Google Maps and let it do the work for you.
In my experience, a lot of people see to pair this up with a visit to the Cliffs of Moher. If Doolin is your starting point, here’s how to get from the Cliffs of Moher to Father Ted’s House.
It’s about a 40 minute drive.
Father Ted Tours
If you’re reading this, note that the house itself is on private property which means you shouldn’t attempt to vault the wall and go knocking on the door.
If you fancy a gander around inside you can book afternoon tea at Fr. Teds which includes scones, brown bread, desserts and homemade jams, all washed down with some organic tea and/or coffee.
As you relax and chomp away, you’ll be taken through the story of the Fr. Ted experience, the history of the house and given recommendations on other great things to do in County Clare.
Or, you can head off on the highly recommended Father Ted Tour. For those of you that choose to do this, you’ll get to visit the house, and you’ll also drop by (depending on the tour you take) some of the filming locations for the show, like:
- Where a Song for Europe was shot
- The Chinese Pub from ‘Are you Right There, Father Ted?’’
- Mrs O’Reilly’s House and the Roundabout
- The Holy Stone of Clonrichert and the Cliffs of Moher
- The Campsite from Hell
Here’s the only wonderful entrance theme to get you in the mood!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q.) Are there any other things to do near Father Ted’s House?
A.) There’s an absolute mountain of stuff to do nearby. Check out this guide for a tonne of things to keep you occupied.
Q.) I fancy staying close to the gaff. Are there any hotels near Father Ted’s House?
- Burren House B&B (17-minute drive)
- Hotel Woodstock – 25-minute drive