Skibbereen Heritage Centre, Skibbereen

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History Museum Museum
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.
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  • This is a very well curated history of the potato famine and how it impacted Ireland. It is extremely interesting and well worth a visit if you're in Skibbereen.  more »
  • Skibbereen was hit hard in the famine in 19th century and this visitors centre has all the information and stats. What you see and read and hear is absolutely awful and depressing such was the hardshi...  more »
  • Very informative, the Lady who gave us the facts did very well just enough and not too much. It is very well worth a visit, you need around 1.5 hours to take it all in.  more »
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  • Was recommended to visit when in the Portumna Workhouse and am delighted we visited. Manned by such nice people and while small in size the place is big in heart.
  • Good that pumps are 24hr but should have a shop
  • Small and perfectly formed, maintained and staffed.
  • Excellent centre with wonderful exhibitions and staff.
  • Excellent presentation of the facts about the Great Famine.

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