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Skibbereen Heritage Centre

Old Gasworks Building | Upper Bridge Street, Skibbereen, Ireland
+353 28 40900
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Good Heritage Centre facility

Good place to visit with good history about Skibbereen and the local area. Informative exhibition... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
janehrn
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Tulla, Ireland
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Highly informative and very moving

Despite its modest size, this museum offers a comprehensive outline of the most tragic and most... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Ian C
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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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Old Gasworks Building | Upper Bridge Street, Skibbereen, Ireland
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+353 28 40900
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Good place to visit with good history about Skibbereen and the local area. Informative exhibition, friendly staff and nice gift shop.

Thank janehrn
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Despite its modest size, this museum offers a comprehensive outline of the most tragic and most defining period in Irish history, and explains so much about how it affected the country and how it is finally merging from the shadow of those events more than...More

Thank Ian C
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Skibbereen Heritage Centre concentrates mostly on the Irish famine, so this is not for the faint hearted. Very well done with a diversity of exhibits, including recordings of contemporary accounts, drawings, some artefacts, more modern computer based information panels etc. Guided tour recommended. A small...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The immediate and far reaching effects of The Famine cannot be overstated. To this day, the population is not what it was prior to this devastating event in Irish history. This heritage centre details the suffering inflicted on so many -- it is a moving...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very interesting stop if you’re interested in the history of the famine. There is also a nice video about Lough Hyne.

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Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

If your in the area Skibbereen is a must stop. We drove from the Ring of Kerry down just to visit the museum. Highly recommend for anyone wanting an insight into Irish history, the sever poverty of the time and why so many Irish emigrated...More

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Reviewed May 11, 2018

To gain an understanding of the area and Irish history, a visit here is essential. The displays are well thought out and provide a fascinating insight into the Famine. Go here before an equally essential visit to the mass grave at Abbeystrowry (also spelt as...More

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Reviewed May 4, 2018

This stop is another good source to immerse into the history of Ireland. The Great Irish Famine of the mid 1800's is well portrayed through videos, character portrayals and maps. Very well done and another good beak from the small Irish road driving. There is...More

Thank craig t
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terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2018

Dear Craig, many thanks for the kind review and really glad to hear that you learned something about the Great Famine at Skibbereen Heritage Centre. Special thanks for the 'very well done' we really, really appreciate that. Very best from us all at Skibb Heritage...More

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Reviewed April 8, 2018

Excellent museum on the Great Irish Famine set in the tranquil town of Skibbereen in West Cork. A definite must see if in the West Cork area!!!!

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terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2018

Dear Stighe, Thanks so, so much for your kind review - we really appreciate it. Very best from all of the Skibb Heritage Centre team ...

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Reviewed February 19, 2018

We had planned our visit with friends visiting from Australia but were dismayed to see that the centre would be closed for the winter. We emailed ahead and the manager confirmed closure BUT said she would arrange to be there and allow us to visit,...More

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terri k, General Manager at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2018

Dear Mike, Many thanks for your kind review - and especially thanks so much for the kind words regarding our efforts here. I can't tell you how much they mean to us all here. Thanks again and very best from sunny Skibbereen from the crew...More

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