About Us

Welcome to the Ulster Canal Stores Visitor Centre

Our Lace Museum, Restaurant and Craft shop is situated in Clones at the heart of the Drumlin countryside in County Monaghan. Travel time of just over 90 minutes from Dublin, Belfast or Galway.

We are based in a recently refurbished former canal storehouse  built in the late 1800’s. This limestone cut building is quaint yet welcoming and retains many of its original features. Perfect for a stop-off while deciding on where next to explore in Ireland’s Ancient East. Why not relax in our our Bistro with a Cream Tea, and visit our Clones Lace Museum portraying the social history of the area. 

Clones town boasts of a wealth of historic sites dating as far back as the sixth century, and throughout the summer we offer guided heritage tours each Saturday, other times by prior arrangement. With free on site parking, full disabled access and childrens playpark nearby, we look forward to your visit. 

Ulster Canal Visitor Stores
Ulster Canal Visitor Stores

Our Mission

To provide the community and visitor with a high quality, memorable experience at all times. Ensuring that with each visit, community and tourist alike find something to talk about in a positive way to continue the story of the Ulster Canal Stores.

History (CDS)

Clones Development Society is a long serving not for profit community development organisation managed by volunteers. It was registered with Irish Provident and Industrial Friendly Societies office in 1995 and has since worked tirelessly for the betterment of Clones and its environs.

The Board of Management consist of members elected by the shareholders at a yearly Annual General Meeting for a three year term.

To its credit Clones Development purchased and refurbished the Canal Stores as a bistro, museum and community amenity to serve its community. Over the years it has provided training programmes for the disability, youth and elderly. It coordinates a meals on wheels service for the elderly and is soon to provide a meals on wheels vehicle to extend the service to a wider geographical area. It continues to promote the restoration of the Ulster Canal from lough Erne to South lough Neagh. Creates employment in different sectors and provided a central hub for start-up business in 1996.

The Diamond, Clones