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Review of Ceide Fields

Ceide Fields
Ranked #28 of 195 things to do in County Mayo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 8, 2013

The site is amazing. Unfortunately visitor centre closed. Hope to visit again next year earlier in season.

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Reviewed October 24, 2013

We enjoyed reading the amazing history of this area with all the displays inside as we do not have anything like this in the US. It was very pleasant walking along the paths outside and imagining what it must have been like 5,000 years ago! The audio-visual film was informative and the staff was very friendly and willing to answer questions. This site is part of the Heritage Card so was free for us but the entrance fee is very modest anyway. If you have any interest in ancient history or archeology then this is the place for you. The views of the cliffs from across the road are beautiful and you can see Downpatrick Head in the distance too.

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Reviewed October 16, 2013

Our visit to the Ceide Fields was fascinating . I will admit that I had no real idea what it was all about before my visit.
It was a damp day and there were few other tourists around. However this did not damp the enthusiasm of the staff. We were greeted in a very friendly fashion and having paid the very modest fee of three euros each were offered a tour. We declined and then were given directions as to where to start.
The Ceide Fields show the ancient farms and way of life.
The displays inside are very well laid out and large boards explain each step. Starting way back before the bogs were formed and going up to the time when the fields were actually laid out and farmed.
When we had made our way all around the inside we went outside.
It was amazing to see the remains of walls built so long ago. If one was to follow the whole walk around outside it would take about an hour.
This report those not really to justice to all the Ceide Fields has to offer. In the entrance hall is a tree that grew thousands of years ago. It was amazing to see.
We finished with coffee and a piece of cake. All tasted fine but was a bit expensive..This place is well worth a visit . However I should warn that the outside part is not for those who are not well able to walk. Lots of steps.

2  Thank Travellslow18
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

This enormous neolithic site stands on an impressive hilltop above magnificent cliffs alive with seabirds. There is a small visitor centre with a welcome cafe and friendly staff (well, this IS Ireland). A ground floor museum sets out the history of the settlement which emeged from the peat bogs when stone walls and huts came to light during digs. A short introductory film show takes you further through the history and there's a lift to the top of the pyramid shaped structure where the views are staggering with the cliffs of Donegal in the distance. you have to worry for the sheep grazing along the clifftops as the winds can reach gale force even on the sunniest day. This place is remote but very easy to reach along good roads. Atmospheric and almost spiritual.

1  Thank greenrover185
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

There are mysterious brown signs all over the country letting you know that something interesting is nearby. And while touring a long the north Mayo coast there was one for a Neolithic Site called Céide Fields. Intrigued we stopped in for a look.

In front of you stands an impressive pyramid styled building. Behind you stands some rugged coastline. All around you bog heathland with shades of gold, brown, greens and purples. And with the strong wind that was blowing, it moved like a sea. A stunning site to see.

4 EUR in got you access to the exhibition, facilities, cafe and of course the site itself. There were guided tours included too if you wanted to really learn all you can about the site. We decided to wander around the site on our own.

It's really fascinating the amount they archaeologist were able to glean and learn from all they discovered there. If I'm I am honest I was a little underwhelmed by the actual Neolithic site itself, but if you are into Neolithic sites it's probably the dogs.

The highlight for me was the viewing point opposite the car park. Stunning views of the coastline and cliffs. This is were we spotted the sea stack of Downpatrick Head in the distance.

A must if you are passing by, especially the views.

Thank Cristin L
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