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Skibbereen Heritage Centre

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Address: Old Gasworks Building | Upper Bridge Street, Skibbereen, Ireland
Phone Number: 003532840900
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Skibbereen Heritage Centre's Great Famine Exhibition tells the poignant...

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!

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Wonderful historical museum

The Skibbereen Heritage Center is definitely worth a visit. We've been to Ireland several times, but have always missed this stop. For this trip I purposely planned our route... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 7, 2016
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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

The Skibbereen Heritage Center is definitely worth a visit. We've been to Ireland several times, but have always missed this stop. For this trip I purposely planned our route around the Center's schedule. The museum displays are informative, professional and riveting. It looks a bit small but we were there 2+ hours, viewing the displays and watching & listening to... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

A small but well designed history centre for this fabulous part of West Cork. Especially of interest was the famine history, with the Skibbereen area one of the worst affected parts of Ireland. The Heritage Centre is a must for the visitor to the area.

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

was here as part of a tour. Learned so much heartbreaking history. A fine, clean museum, excellent, knowledgeable staff.

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Thank Debbie M
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Attractively designed display with lots of information for those unfamiliar with the history of the famine. Terri led a well-paced tour for a large group and held everyone's interest, and was able to present a tragic story in a way that didn't leave the listeners feeling helpless. Her book is available for purchase.

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

The Skibbereen Heritage Centre tells the story of the so-called "Great Famine", which occurred in Ireland in the mid 19th century. During our visit to this centre, we learned that there actually was no famine. There was plenty of food available, however, most of it was shipped to England by the wealthy landowners, causing the starvation of 8-10,000 people in... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

On a recent visit to Skibbereen my friend and I decided to visit the Heritage centre. It was very intreguing and interesting. It is a great way to pass an hour . The guide was so informative it was amazing. The staff were really helpful. and we learned alot about the famine. There was a small charge to go in... More 

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Francestown, New Hampshire, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

The Irish famine in the mid-1800s resulted in a staggering loss of life and led to mass immigration, much of it to the United States. This is a fairly small museum, adjacent to a work house built to help address the human toll. Individual admission is 6 Euros. The museum makes effective use of audio visuals, including actors in period... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This is a brilliant place to catch up with the history of Ireland. The staff are very helpful and a visit is really worthwhile.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

This is a nice insight into the famine and some local history also. A good thing to do if in Skibbereen and you are looking to pass an hour.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Small but full of information with audio visual displays which bring the story of Skibbereen and district to life. The staff are very helpful with suggestions for others places to visit too. Easy parking and easy to find.

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