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The Skellig Experience

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Address: Skellig Heritage Centre, Valentia Island, Ireland
Phone Number: 066-947-6306
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Definitely worth a visit

Not a huge centre but definitely worth a visit. The exhibition re the island (including the lighthouse) were very interesting and the film very informative. There's a well stocked... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 15, 2014
Franco795
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Fishguard, United Kingdom
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Fishguard, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Not a huge centre but definitely worth a visit. The exhibition re the island (including the lighthouse) were very interesting and the film very informative. There's a well stocked shop (with gifts etc) and a restaurant (which we did not use). If you're fit, do try and get out to the island as well. Don't pass by this attraction if... More 

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North East, Maryland
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15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

If one couldn't be closer to God here, then I don't know where one could! An interesting presentation at the visitor's center, followed by a delightful Irish dance demo by the director's daughter - cute! I understand why only the heartiest of visitor's can actually visit the island - remote is and understatement!

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This museum was an excellent display of the Skellig Islands and the monastery and wildlife/birds that nest there. The video is very well done and well worth the time to watch.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Quick stop on tour bus. Film was very informative and staff very friendly. Small gift shop and cafe. Go on a clear day and if planning to go to the cliffs make sure boats are operating as will close on bad weather days. Also you will need to climb steep stairs once there. Small museum in main shop takes all... More 

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Waterford, Connecticut
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13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We went to the Skellig Experience visitor center on Valentia Island in Ireland while traveling the Ring of Kerrry. Valentia Island is on the SW coast of Ireland in the Cork/Kerry area. A bridge now connects Valentia to Portmagee. This is a place I really wanted to visit because my great grandfather came from there. While at the center, the... More 

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Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The Skellig Experience has lots of busloads of tourists that come through. The place looks abit junky with the entrance desk overflowing with stuff and the store almost has too many trinkets to sell, but the video is very interesting. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable. So, definitely go for the video and the exhibits about the very important,... More 

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Williamsville, New York
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I was familiar with the Ring of Kerry but never heard of the Skellig Islands. When I was told the tour was stopping at the Skellig Experience I chalked it up to another bathroom stop. I was wrong. The Skellig Experience/Visitor Center is small; a small theater, café, and of course a gift shop. The history of the islands is... More 

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West Malling, United Kingdom
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9 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Extremely helpful male member of staff. It was very interesting and well presented attraction. Well worth a visit.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Stopped by and looks like a place popular with tour busses. Watched the video in the theatre -- very informative. The video they sell in the gift shop is not compatible with US DVD players. Wish we had time to take the trip out to Skellig Michael.

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County Cork, Ireland
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 via mobile

If you ever wanted to know how tough life was for those epic lifesavers, the lighthouse men and lifeboat crews of Ireland's Atlantic Coast this is the place to come. The hardships endured to offer safety and reassurance to shipping and fishermen whose livelihood was dependant on weathering all seas deserve to be celebrated in a worthy exhibition and this... More 

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