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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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46 reviews 46 reviews
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We had a lovely informative visit to the heritage centre. We were welconed by the reception staff and were lucky enough to join a group talk about the famine. Terri the local historian guided us through the exhibition and brought history alive with lots of interesting stories and information.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The heritage centre gives an excellent account of the Potato Famine. The information is well presented without being too long. Be prepared and take a hankie as it is very emotional. There is also a little gift shop which is pleasantly staffed.

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is a very interesting and beautiful experience with helpful and friendly staff. We received a guided tour from Terri, a local historian who made the tour exciting and gripping with local and relevant stories and connections. It is also great value for money and I would greatly recommend this experience.

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Spokane, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Staff was extremely knowledgeable about the great famine. Interactive exhibits. Appropriate for all ages. Provides a good understanding of how the potato famine impacted Ireland in the mid 1800's and has shaped political and social views since that time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We enjoyed our visit to the centre and found the information about the famine was well presented and interesting. We also learned about Lough Hyne which we later visited.

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Exeter
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Good information on the potato famine and also lough hyne which we later visited. The receptionist was so knowledgeable and helpful.

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Whitchurch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

A small museum with a beautifully commented guide telling us about the Famine - and the first World appeal before mass media.Did you know the effects lasted 10 years before it was officially over- and 1 in 9 of Ireland's total population died? Why the country changed -and even the scenery- a salutary lesson well worth a visit to understand... More

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

A small museum--you could breeze through in 30 minutes if you want. But very informative about the Great Potato Famine. Probably the best exhibit on the subject I saw in 8 days in Ireland. I would give yourself about an hour to see everything, but worth a stop if you are in the area and a museum fan. If I... More

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