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Valentia Heritage Centre

Knightstown, Valentia Island, Ireland
353-66-947-6411
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Type: History Museums
Traveler Description: Valentia Heritage Centre is located just outside Knightstown Village on Valentia Island.   It is housed in the former Knightstown National School... more »
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Valentia Island, Ireland
1 review
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
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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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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
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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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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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40 helpful votes 40 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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kerry
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51 reviews 51 reviews
7 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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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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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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Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2011

My wife is a teacher, so we stopped here to see an old classroom. The museum has only two rooms and is very small. If you are interested in Valentina’s history you will like this.

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