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“Very Interesting”

Skibbereen Heritage Centre
Ranked #4 of 26 things to do in Skibbereen
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Owner description: 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!
Kildare, Ireland
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Very Interesting”
Reviewed July 15, 2012

I am very interested in the famine history so it was great to visit the heritage centre. My family really enjoyed it too. It was a very informative session :)

Visited August 2011
1 Thank Shannon H
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English first
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98 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“The personal perspective on the famine was intriguing”
Reviewed July 11, 2012

I have visited this centre at least 3-4 times in the past seven years when visitors come and we go on a West Cork adventure. Time and again, the "Skibbereen Trail" exhibition draws in me to hear and see personal accounts from different perspectives of how the Great Famine devastated Skibberean area during this harsh period of Irish history. As a visual learner, the scenes, props, artifacts, information on the panels as well as the audio support bring power and authenticity to this true life tragedy with factual information and excellent dramatic representation.

Visited February 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Very informative and friendly staff”
Reviewed June 14, 2012 via mobile

Potatoe famine exhibition was very interesting. Definately a must do for visitors to Ireland. Staff very friendly.

Thank AceyGracey
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San Francisco, California, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“So helpful!”
Reviewed June 3, 2012

The people at the Heritage Center were very helpful and super welcoming. They found my ancestors right away, probably helped that my dad lived in Skibb. The only downside is it is expensive, however well worth it!!

Visited April 2012
Thank Siobhan H
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Dundee, Scotland
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56 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Excellent Visitor Centre”
Reviewed May 31, 2012

We chanced on this visitor centre on a recent visit to the South West of Ireland. It is a fascinating exhibition which sets out in detail the reasons for and affects of the dreadful potato famine which beset this part of Ireland in the 19th century. Audio visuals with verbatim accounts from the time along with explanatory boards provide the visitor with a wealth of information about this period.

Also housed in this Centre is information on Lough Hyne with its unique ecosystem - a short film provides information on what makes this lough so special.

Visited May 2012
Thank Kate Y
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