Skibbereen Heritage Centre, Skibbereen
(4.3/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web)
Learn about the Great Famine at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, a museum located in an old gasworks building with exhibits on the famine and on Lough Hyne. Through an interactive timeline that includes firsthand accounts and performances, you'll gain insight into the tragic event of the Great Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s, where about a million Irish people died. The second exhibit on Lough Hyne features Ireland's first marine nature reserve, where you can explore the Knockomagh wood nature trail and spot interesting plants and wildlife. The attraction also offers an archeology trail. Using our online itinerary creator, Skibbereen attractions like Skibbereen Heritage Centre can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Create a full Skibbereen itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Skibbereen

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Skibbereen by other users

48 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND March, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND March, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 25 days in Ireland & Northern Ireland BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in Ireland BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in County Cork BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS January, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 18 days in England & Ireland BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 52 days in Germany, Northern Ireland & Ireland BY A USER FROM CANADA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 2 days in Skibbereen BY A USER FROM CANADA November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Blarney, Skibbereen & County Kerry BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, historic sites, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Skibbereen BY A USER FROM CANADA June, historic sites, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: June, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 4 days in Skibbereen BY A USER FROM CANADA June, historic sites, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: June, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 7 days in Skibbereen BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • My second visit in two years. Terri Kearney provided informative and passionate descriptions of a dreadful subject. Ireland is still coming to grapple with the fallout. Deniers and suppressed misery p...  more »
  • My wife and I visited SHS while staying in Skibbereen. We were very moved by the story of The Irish Famine, which the Centre describes so respectfully and poignantly. This should be visited by every v...  more »
  • This is the place to learn about the potato famine. The whole story is well presented with some intersting presentations of life during the famine 
Google
  • Some great local information from during the famine and all given with audio guides
  • Nicely assembled and good information too. Keep going
  • This a most interesting museum, featuring two exhibitions (famine, Lough Hyme). We only had time for the famine exhibition but it was well worth it - considering the fact that in general, too little information is provided elsewhere on history / cultural heritage, this makes it an exception. The exhibition is well-organised, easy to follow, and of ideal length. Highly reccommended!