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Lough Gur Visitor Centre
Ranked #3 of 112 things to do in Limerick
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Owner description: Lough Gur Heritage Centre is a community run tourist attraction telling the story of 6,000 years of habitation in the Lough Gur area. From Neolithic house sites to medieval castles Lough Gur has monuments from every era and the heritage centre ensures that visitors get the history/folklore and archaeology of the area from trained guides.The Centre also houses a retail space where take away tea/coffee, minerals, ice-cream and chocolate are available for purchase as are books and merchandise of the area.Summer opening hours are 10 to 5pm Monday to Friday and 12 to 6pm Saturday and Sunday from March to October and every Sunday during winter hours.The centre is staffed by volunteers and all monies raised goes back into community initiatives at Lough Gur.
Reviewed November 11, 2012

If the weather is nice this is a great place to wander around. There is a replica of the boat St Brendan used to sail to America.

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Reviewed September 30, 2012

The best place to begin your tour of Lough Gur is at the Visitor’s Center. This low, thatch roof building will draw you back in time to when the lough circles the island of Knockadoon and the earliest peoples were building their carraigs and tombs. Here you’ll see a diorama of what the area may have looked like when first inhabited, a replica of the Sun Shield of Lough Gur and actual artifacts removed from the marshy ground when the lake was lowered. There is a short video (which I understand has been replaced by now with a new version) that will help you to understand what you are seeing.

Either grab an i-Trails guide at the visitor's center (or download MP3 guides from their website) to add information to your journey.

Also, take a quick look at the books available. The "Lough Gur People" trilogy by Michael Quinlan is fabulous, and the "Farm BY Lough Gur", written more than a century ago and in reprint, is an incredible look into the past.

For a tour of Lough Gur you won;t forget, inquire in advance about hiring a guide. We had a local guide who shared with us legends, history and myth as we explored this magical area.

Tip: The visitor's center is cash only.

Also, wear sturdy walking shoes.

5  Thank Irishgrl_7
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

We went there in August and although the view is beautiful and a lovely walk, the historical part of it needs serious work. More signs would help but when you finally get to where you want to go, there is nothing! The site where the crannog is/was, is just reeds. After walking out to the main road, back again realising we were gone the wrong way, then through loads of wet muck, we finally found the castle which we could barely see through the overgrown trees and it was covered in moss. We were verey disappointed as we travelled an hour and half to find it. Its a lovely idea and the people in the visitor centre were lovely but it really needs more things to see.

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Reviewed September 19, 2012

The lake here is beautiful but the visitor centre needs an injection of cash and updating. This is one of the five most important Bronze Age sites in Europe but the visitor centre continues to refer to it as "one of the most important Bronze Age archaeological sites in County Limerick". It is THE most important site of its kind in Ireland!!! That's the first time I've come across a visitor centre underselling rather than overselling its 'product'. By the way, it's great to visit here mid week when things are quieter.

1  Thank Powerpix
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

I Visited Lough Gur last June and I have to tell you its a little gem! I enjoyed the drive to it. Its a peaceful, beautiful place and you can imagine what it must of looked like thousands of years ago, The visitor centre is nice and the staff are so friendly and you can tell they love their job. The little museum is quaint and does its best to inform and educate. The guides made you feel so welcome and explained that Lough Gur was under new management and there were plans to do so much more with the site. If you are a couple, or you want to bring the kids some where, if you're an artist or a poet or you just want to go for a walk, then you should visit this place. Bring a picnic,a good book and just relax; you won't be sorry! I think its a beautiful place any time of the year.
The only small gripe I do have are with the public toilets on the entrance to the site, they need a fresh coat on paint and removal of the cobwebs on the ceilings, it was like spider central in there. The toilets in the visitor centre were very fresh and clean. I hope they add a little coffee/tea shop to the visitor centre it would do so much to make the site a lot more special.

Thank Seán S
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