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Skibbereen Heritage Centre

Old Gasworks Building | Upper Bridge Street, Skibbereen, Ireland
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Ranked #6 of 15 attractions in Skibbereen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Owner description: Skibbereen Heritage Centre's Great Famine Exhibition tells the poignant story of this pivotal period in Irish history. Skibbereen became notorious as... more » Owner description: Skibbereen Heritage Centre's Great Famine Exhibition tells the poignant story of this pivotal period in Irish history. Skibbereen became notorious as one of the worst affected areas in all of Ireland and this tragic era is now brought to life via the latest multimedia technology. Walk or take a virtual tour of sites associated with the Great Famine that still exist today including the mass graves where almost 10,000 people are buried. At Skibbereen Heritage Centre you can also discover the unique nature of Lough Hyne, a salt-water lake just 5km from Skibbereen which is Europe's first Marine Nature Reserve. Find out about the history, folklore and formation of this renowned natural phenomenon with a multi-lingual audio-visual display and follow with a trip to the lake and follow the Knockomagh Wood Nature Trail which overlooks the lake. Skibbereen Heritage Centre also offers a genealogy service for the greater West Cork area, an archaeology trail, a gift shop, reference library and a great welcome! « less
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Cincinnatus, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I returned to Ireland again this year because, last year, the Skibbereen Heritage Center showed me the very soul of Ireland and provided me with documented evidence of my family going back 4 generations. This for a book I am writing. I kept my expectations low because ... well, what more could the Centre provide? But by the time this... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The transformation of this old building into an architectural masterpiece is worth the visit alone. I concentrated on the exhibition on the potato famine which was exceptionally well presented, with informative audiovisuals from original sources - compelling and moving, a very memorable experience. I was sorry to be the only visitor on a Saturday afternoon but it made it comfortable... More

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Llanfairpwll, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We were lucky to fall in with a guided group who were enjoying a presentation by Terri Kearney on the Famine. The talk was excellent and thought provoking. The history of the British Government's failure to address the problem and its laissez faire attitude throughout helps explain some of the later history of Ireland. The Centre provides excellent audio visual... More

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Limerick, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

this is an absolutely fantastic building, and well worth visiting if you are in that part of Cork. Staff member a bit unsure of her answers to a couple of our questions, but she was very pleasant.

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Carrigaline, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We went there because we we interested.Now we know some Ireland's history.Nice small museum well kind off.Staff very very friendly.We saw a short movie about Lough Hyne.This is the place you have to visit.

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San Jose
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The Skibbereen Heritage Centre is an exceptional resource for learning about the history of the region, specifically the causes and impact of the 19th century potato famine. The guided tour was outstanding, and a visit to the center should be on the to do list of every visitor to the area.

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Cork, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Went to the heritage centre with my elderly parents. It was well laid out and had good audio stations through out. It was all on level ground so easily accessible for people with limited mobility. Very interesting local information. Entrance fee was €6 per adult which we found to be reasonable.

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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

If you are visiting Ireland you cannot miss the Heritage Centre. It provides you a sensitive, sad foundation to the Irish culture and life. Our host was a great story-teller. Very glad we started our tour here.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We was really looking forward to see the Heritage Centre. We was very disappointed. It was so small we wished we hadn't done the travelling to get there. Wouldn't recommend it.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We were very interested in the history of the famine in the 1840s and this centre showed great insight into the plight of the people during those very harsh times

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