Craggaunowen, Sixmilebridge

#2 of 12 in Museums in County Clare
See a Celtic farmstead at Craggaunowen, a carefully reconstructed lakeside village built next to a castle. An open-air museum with actors, this ring fort and early farmstead recreates life in the Bronze Age, while the castle dates back to around 1550. You'll see lots of traditional farming tools and techniques for making weapons. Check out the Brendan Boat, a representation of a vessel used by Saint Brendan of Clonfert to sail to Greenland in the 6th century. Put Craggaunowen into our Sixmilebridge tour itinerary builder site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We visited on the Bank holiday Sunday when there were lots of extra things going on, talks, demos etc. Made the whole place come alive and was very interesting.  more »
  • A nice visit 1 h to 1 h 30 with re-enactments of scenes of time with extras who gladly give explanations... a walk in slot wood... it rained much for children. I recommend.
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  • Amazing place with loads of historic information made fun for young kids travel back in time experience accessible for all ages definitely go back again  more »
  • Very interesting place. It isn't very big but there is a nice walk around the woods, a castle, a few roundhouse's, a boat and pigs. When we were there, there was a woman dressed up in traditional clothing showing us how to card wool and spinning it to thread. It would have been nice to see a few more people dressed up though. It's a great place for a family day out when the weather is nice.
  • I loved it! VERY authentic rebuilding of bronze/stone/iron age settlements - not just a touristy show. Partly even built with tools like people had back in the times! They also have rebuilt the ship whith which some Irish guy assumingly discovered America long before Columbus did - and people in the 60s actually went to America with this ship and proved that it would have been possible! The dressed up guy working there was also really cool and nice (his name was the Irish form of Stephen). There's also an old partly furnished castle on the site where we had fun playing knight and king and we saw how to make woolen string with a spindle. If you're lucky, you can even see boars and sheep! I would definitely recommend this place!
  • Well worth a visit. Stayed much longer than expected. Staff friendly and interesting interactive talk added another dimension to visit. Better than just the usual castle venue.
  • Great place to visit. Nice cafe. Helps to understand how people lived back then.
  • I really enjoyed the visit. The costumed guides were EXTREMELY knowledgeable and gave very interesting account of life from an era long past. I learned a lot that day. You need to visit on a day when the guides are present though, as they are not on site everyday.

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