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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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County Cork, Ireland
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74 reviews 74 reviews
8 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW 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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Hampton, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

There is a wealth of information about the Skellig Michael at the heritage center and if you are unable to get to the island because of weather, seeing the movie presentation is a must. They have some excellent footage which almost makes you feel like you are there.

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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
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 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
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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
28 helpful votes 28 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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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
38 helpful votes 38 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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