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The Great Blasket Centre and Island

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Address: Dun Chaoin, Baile an Fheirtearaigh, Dunquin, Ireland
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+353 66 915 6444
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 am
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This cultural center explores the unique history, art and culture of the...

This cultural center explores the unique history, art and culture of the Blasket Islands.

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A very good depiction of the people and living on Blasket Island

We enjoyed seeing how people made a simple but seemingly happy life on a spartan island. The food was reasonable. The amenity was clean.

Reviewed 2 days ago
soobee4
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melbourne australia
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melbourne australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We enjoyed seeing how people made a simple but seemingly happy life on a spartan island. The food was reasonable. The amenity was clean.

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Thank soobee4
San Francisco
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I recommend stopping at this center. You will see some nice art work, great views of the islands (through giant windows which can be nice if it's cold, windy or rainy) and a very interesting movie which features interviews with the actual former residents of the Blasket Islands. There is also a nice restaurant and gift shop. It's a great... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The story of the Blasket Islands people is mildly interesting but not really worth a stop or special visit unless you are really interested. On a good day the views around Dunquin of the Blasket Islands are spectacular. We watched a 30 minute video presentation and many of our group were able to catch up on their sleep.

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Highland Park
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice facility with informative and interesting displays. Note that there is a quite nice cafeteria here with great view of the island and very good food.

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Thank Joel M
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 411 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a wonderful museum with interactive exhibits and an excellent film about the history of Great Blasket Island. There are examples of the purest form of the Irish language and you can see why scholars came from far and wide to study there. The pier from which the ferries to the Island depart is close by in the event... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Centre is of capital-city-like quality in it's finish and design. It seems no expense was spared with the materials and the installation. This is an important monument to the most Irish of existences, that of the people on the Blasket islands. Some of the artefacts are fascinating. Some of the stories heart-warming then heart-breaking. A haunting museum to a... More 

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Thank Frank G
Portland, Maine
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent several hours here one recent Saturday and loved every aspect of it. The facility is beautiful. Much thought went into creating a memorial to the brilliant community (especially the writers and storytellers of Great Blasket Island). It succeeds on every level. If you are touring the Dingle Penninsula, do not miss this place!

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Thank 146Brenda
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great meal and lovely visit. I had a baked fish and salad and potato. The way the fish cooked was a real delight and also the salad itself was a fantastic explosion in the mouth. The tour explained, and you have the videos to watch in Irish or English that explains everything. My advice tastes the meal of the day,... More 

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Mississauga
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While the scenery in this area is spectacular, I found this site somewhat lacking. They present a little movie about the inhabitants of the island before it was evacuated in the 50's, then there are displays you can view at your leisure.

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Thank Tracy B
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went on a rainy morning and it is well worth the €5 entrance fee. The building itself is a stunning piece of architecture situated on the headland looking out onto the Blaskets. There is a beautiful stained glass structure in the entrance. We watched the 20 minute film about life on the island in the auditorium before going round the... More 

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