The name Adare is derived from Áth Dara, meaning 'the ford of the oak' and was historically a crossing point on the River Maigue. Renowned as Ireland's prettiest village, Adare is designated as a Heritage Town by the Irish Government.
Adare is a major tourist destination with many tours of Ireland stopping off in Adare. The local heritage centre 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. There is one other course in the village open since 1900.