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Valentia Heritage Centre

Address: Knightstown, Valentia Island, Ireland
Phone Number: 353-66-947-6411
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Type: History Museums, Museums
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Type: History Museums, Museums
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Gainesville, Virginia
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104 reviews 104 reviews
20 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The heritage center provided a very complete and interesting presentation of the history of the unique island, Skellig Michael. It was the next best thing to visiting the island and climbing the 650 steps.

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Valentia Island, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

A very informative museum. The entrance price reflects the vast amount of refurbishment and preservation which is carried out annually with no financial aid from any sources. The Centre goes to extreme lengths to keep fees as low as possible and is run purely by volunteers from the Island. This is a good place to visit and this year moves... More 

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Cork, Ireland
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

A gem of a museum developed by the community, depicts the life and times past living on the Island, farming and fishing, school days, football and its history. Here you will learn the incredible story of the internet of 1858, the development of the first long distance telegraph cable connecting Valentia to Newfoundland. Notice on your way from Portmagee you... More 

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Gillingham, England, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

This is located just outside of the main centre of Knightstown. Its a small venue but it contains lots of information about the island. The only negative, is its so quiet in there it almost feels like a library and even your footsteps across the floor echo quite loudly. In one room there is a school style set up, which... More 

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Poughkeepsie, New York
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Excellent resource for family school records. The displays and exhibits were fantastic! Definitely worth a visit!

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

A really well designed Centre that tells the tale of the islands really well. Friendly staff and a lovely cafe

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Southampton UK
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129 reviews 129 reviews
96 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

1st class local history of where we were staying it was intresting how important Valentia was in the days of cables

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Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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64 reviews 64 reviews
11 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

This was one visit we saved for a rainy day that was both informative and interesting. Housed in the old school, once through the door, you are transported back to a by gone era . A wealth of memorabilia, artifacts, written documents and photographs are displayed throughout. In the time I spent there I learnt about the first transatlantic cable... More 

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

Being off season it was hard to find much open. Luckily for us this little gem of a museum welcomed us. This is not a slick and polished place but just chocked full of treasures and rememberances. School, sea life, celebrity and transatlantic cable. Worth seeing.

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2011 via mobile

A great example of the local community pooling all their knowledge and putting together an interesting little museum. Gives an insight into schooling, attempts at laying communication cables across the Atlantic, some local tragedies and living life in a remote part of Ireland. Worth supporting with a 20 minute visit.

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