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Athenry Heritage Centre

St. Mary's | The Square, Athenry, Ireland
+353 91 844 661
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Athenry - A quiet jewel of a town

We stopped through Athenry while visiting Ireland. Our youngest son girlfriend lives here. The... read more

Reviewed March 13, 2018
Stephen S
Athenry Visitor’s Center

L.O.V.E.D. it!!! Super friendly staff who are passionate about Athenry & it’s history as a Medieval... read more

Reviewed March 12, 2018
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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 March 13, 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 March 12, 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 March 7, 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 January 18, 2018

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

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Reviewed September 17, 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 September 5, 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 September 7, 2017

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

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Reviewed September 5, 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 September 7, 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 August 25, 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 August 28, 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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Reviewed August 23, 2017 via mobile

We visited Athenry during heritage week in Ireland and we had a great time there even with rain lashing practically all day. Heritage centre organized puppet shows on that day. My kids were not keen to go at first but i haven't seen puppet show...More

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Athenry H, Manager at Athenry Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2017

Thanks for your review of the centre and that you visited on National Walled Towns Day which is part of our Heritage Week activities. We hope you can visit us again in the near future and avail of our Medieval Experience which includes dressing up...More

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Reviewed August 23, 2017

The heritage centre may be small, but it certainly has a lot to offer. If you have little ones, definitely get the 'medieval experience' pass. They'll get to dress up and experience what life in an medieval town was like. If dress up isn't your...More

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Athenry H, Manager at Athenry Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2017

Thanks for your review of the heritage centre. We appreciate all feedback of the centre's activities and I'll pass on your kinds words to our tour guides.

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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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