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Athenry Heritage Centre

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Address: St. Mary's | The Square, Athenry, Ireland
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+353 91 844 661

The award winning Heritage Centre is the ideal place to discover history...

The award winning Heritage Centre is the ideal place to discover history the fun way. The centre’s ‘Medieval Experience’ provides visitors of all ages the opportunity to be part of history with its medieval costumes. Become a Knight, Lord and Lady of the Manor. Discover your inner Robin Hood with the centre’s Have-A-Go Archery activity and engage with history with interactive exhibits of weapons and armor from the Middle Ages. Other exhibits include the medieval dungeon, the Market Street and models of this ancient walled town. Relax in the picnic area and explore the medieval maze too. The centre is also the home of the towns original Mace & Seal, the oldest of their kind in Ireland. Guided tours are available for all visitors to the centre. Discover the best-preserved medieval town in Ireland and visit a place immortalized by the song ‘The Fields of Athenry’ as a town rich in history and culture.

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Great place to spend an hour

Driving through we stopped to check this place out. We had great fun trying the archery, we had a competition between ourselves. The lady who did the tour was very informative and... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Driving through we stopped to check this place out. We had great fun trying the archery, we had a competition between ourselves. The lady who did the tour was very informative and helpful. Dressing up in the medieval clothes was a bit of a laugh and made for some good photo opportunities.

Thank chrismoira
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 1, 2017 via mobile

We would like to thank Alan and the other staff at the heritage centre with regards to the info they gave us about the RIC in Athenry in the late 1800's. We had a wonderful tour both inside and outside of the church and learnt such fantastic information. We would like to highly recommend this attraction to visitors of all... More 

2 Thank Josiejo55555
Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed November 11, 2016

This is a walkable town and most of the interesting sights can be seen on foot. We enjoyed the historic downtown.

1 Thank Townhaven
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

For many years my husband has loved Irish folk music and as a birthday treat I took my husband to Southern Ireland this year. I tried to book a hotel in Athenry as 'The Fields Of Athenry ' has been a favourite song of his forever. I was unable to find accommodation on the dates I wanted so decided to... More 

1 Thank Ruth A
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

I have been on this tour a couple of times and each time you get more details about the history of both Norman Ireland and Athenry. The former church has been decked out with amazing displays of life in Norman Ireland that give the visitor a sense of life in Athenry with animated tours from the staff that draw in... More 

1 Thank Life_write
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Reviewed August 26, 2016

Worth a brief visit when visiting the Castle. Housed in the old "St Mary's Church". It's adjacent to the Castle, but has a separate entrance. Not much different than most "Irish" heritage centres - but more specific to Athenry. Allow half an hour at the most.

1 Thank Robert W
Galway, Ireland
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Reviewed August 23, 2016

This is a great spot to spend a couple of hours, for people of any age. It's especially great for kids, as they can get up close an personal with some great medieval costumes and have a bit of fun. It is not a massive place, so it's worth checking ahead in advance if the outdoor activities are on offer... More 

1 Thank wcgibbons
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Reviewed August 14, 2016

This is our second or third time to this site, our first with children. The people who staff this place are a wealth of information and could not be more flexible and kind. They took our children into the closet and dressed them in period finery, which they absolutely loved. We then got a tour that was entertaining and interesting.... More 

Thank OriginalMojo
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Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

Visited recently. Lots of history by Mr. Winter...very knowledgable and a great tour guide! Lots of information on the people, the times, weaponry, etc. very detailed. I learned a lot and the teens did too. They also thoroughly enjoyed the visit to thenHeritage Center. Highly recommend!

Thank Julie H
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

We visited as a family of 2 adults and 4 children (aged 14,13, 10 and 8) one changeable during our stay in Barna. It was a bit of a drive but we were glad we made the effort. It was a bit difficult to find the centre, there are no big signs and you just have to find a park... More 

1 Thank JacqWatkins

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