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Athenry Heritage Centre

St. Mary's | The Square, Athenry, Ireland
+353 91 844 661
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Kid Will Love This Place

It’s not big but full of history and fun! At the start of the short indoor tour, anyone... read more

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BFtime
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Fillmore, California
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Great place to visit

My husband and I visited this morning,May 14th and had a wonderful experience. We both dressed up... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Pooky28
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Calgary, Canada
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The award winning Heritage Centre is the ideal place to discover history the fun way. The centre’s ‘Medieval Experience’ provides visitors of all ages the opportunity to be part of history with its medieval costumes. Become a Knight, Lord and Lady of the Manor. Discover your inner Robin Hood with the centre’s Have-A-Go Archery activity and engage with history with interactive exhibits of weapons and armor from the Middle Ages. Other exhibits include the medieval dungeon, the Market Street and models of this ancient walled town. Relax in the picnic area and explore the medieval maze too. The centre is also the home of the towns original Mace & Seal, the oldest of their kind in Ireland. Guided tours are available for all visitors to the centre. Discover the best-preserved medieval town in Ireland and visit a place immortalized by the song ‘The Fields of Athenry’ as a town rich in history and culture.
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St. Mary's | The Square, Athenry, Ireland
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It’s not big but full of history and fun! At the start of the short indoor tour, anyone interested, can dress up in period clothing. The staff were very helpful in getting everyone in the perfect costume. You were not rushed and were able to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I visited this morning,May 14th and had a wonderful experience. We both dressed up and our guide was knowledgeable and funny. We got to take lots of pictures. I would recommend this place for a fun hour or two

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

We stopped through Athenry while visiting Ireland. Our youngest son girlfriend lives here. The history of the place is simply amazing. The castle and church ruins were simply spectacular. If you are driving between Galway and Dublin I HIGHLY recommend you stop. We only stayed...More

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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

L.O.V.E.D. it!!! Super friendly staff who are passionate about Athenry & it’s history as a Medieval Town. The exhibits are extremely well done—some of the figures in the museum very real-looking! If you’ve ever wanted to try on a medieval helmet or see the various...More

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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

This place is a must if your visiting Athenry. Excellent tour guides and very informative. Great addition is actually trying on the armour. The medieval experience looks fun as they have a fantastic range of costumes. I’ll definitely be back to try the Archery.

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Reviewed 18 January 2018

The guide was very knowledgeable and brought to life the history of this area. Small centre but packed with interesting facts and acticles.

Thank Lynn S
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Reviewed 17 September 2017

Eoin provided a thorough history of Athenry from around 1100. Using a miniature of the town, he described the growth of the town in the middle ages.Also, the various battles between the Anglo-Normans and the Irish. Later he provided some hands on background with the...More

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Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

A lovely place to visit and experience the history of Athenry thru the guidance of the staff. Well worth a visit.

Thank Mark F
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Athenry H, Manager at Athenry Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

Hi Mark, thanks for posting a review and that you had a great experience visiting the centre.

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Reviewed 5 September 2017

We visited Athenry Heritage Centre with our twin boys today & had a great time! Many thanks to Breda & Helen for giving our boys such a fun day & also for teaching ourselves so much of Athenry's history while we were there - it...More

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Athenry H, Manager at Athenry Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

Thanks for posting a review of the heritage centre and I'm pleased that you all enjoyed your visit with us. I'll pass on your kind words to Helen & Breda too.

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Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

We went there on our way out of Galway. I had seen a mention of it my tour book and thought it would be a good way to spend an hour although I expected it to be slightly cheesy. Well, I was happily surprised. Yes,...More

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Athenry H, Manager at Athenry Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2017

Thanks for your review of the centre, I'm pleased that you were happily surprised and that we exceeded your expectations. Thanks again for visiting and we hope your recommendation will encourage others to visit too.

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maryfran1954
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Response from Alan B | Property representative |
The admission rates for the centre are, general admission €4.00. senior admission €3.50, student admission €3.50. All visitors receive a guided tour with the admission fee. The centre's "Medieval Experience" which includes... More
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