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Athenry Heritage Centre

St. Mary's | The Square, Athenry, Ireland
+353 91 844 661
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Brilliant visit

The guide was very knowledgeable and brought to life the history of this area. Small centre but... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Lynn S
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St Albans, United Kingdom
Better than expected

Eoin provided a thorough history of Athenry from around 1100. Using a miniature of the town, he... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2017
jjc4966
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Matawan, New Jersey
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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 5 weeks ago

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 18 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

Thank KSB_10
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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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Reviewed 24 August 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

Thank 309ilonam
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Athenry H, Manager at Athenry Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 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 24 August 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 25 August 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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Reviewed 8 August 2017

At first glance this gives the appearance of a cheesy mock-up but if you have a knowledgable guide, you will find that there is a lot of history about the place and the guide knows it. When I was there there were some families with...More

Thank Tom O
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Athenry H, Manager at Athenry Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Thanks for posting a review of the Athenry Heritage Centre. We strive to maintain a service which appeals to all age groups and this is reflected in our tours. Our guides are passionate about their work and are great ambassadors for the town. We hope...More

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Reviewed 31 July 2017

We were there with 4 small children, and benefitted from it being quietish, and so enjoyed a virtually personalised tour. Our guide definitely adapted the information to suit the children, but the adults learned a thing or two as well. The archery was the big...More

Thank Lorraine G
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Athenry H, Manager at Athenry Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Thanks for your review of the centre. Its a pleasure to hear that your family had a great visit and that your children enjoyed all the activities of the centre. Hopefully see you again soon.

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Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

We had a great time in the somewhat shambolic atmosphere of the centre. The archery man was excellent - funny without being cloying but passionate and careful about health and safety. I could live without the dressing up but others in our party enjoyed that....More

Thank Peter H
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Athenry H, Manager at Athenry Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Thanks for your review of the centre. We always appreciate feedback on our activities and try to ensure all our visitors enjoy their time with us especially on a rare hot sunny day.

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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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