Craggaunowen, The Living Past Experience

Craggaunowen is an award-winning pre-historic park. Visit and explore the roots of the Irish - the homesteads, animals and artefacts of our ancestors of over 1,000 years ago. Experience a past that has shaped who we are and how we live today. 

Open March 26 to August 31

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Kilmurray (near Quin), Co. Clare (See Map Below)


Craggaunowen is an award-winning pre-historic park where you can explore the roots of the Irish people - the homesteads, animals and artefacts of Ireland’s Celtic ancestors of over 1,000 years ago. Experience a past that has shaped who we are and how we live today.

Can you imagine what life was like for people in the Bronze Age? How did they adapt? At Craggaunowen, situated on 50 acres of wooded grounds, you will experience the resilience and fortitude of these early Bronze Age settlers. It is off the beaten track and will give you a real sense of stepping back in time.

Explore the Crannog – an artificial island dwelling defended by a hidden pathway in the water. Marvel at how the Celts fed large numbers of hunters while on hunting missions deep in the forest. These were skilled hunters who employed highly sophisticated cooking techniques involving a large pit, a length of rope and of course fresh meat!

Travel back in time to the life of the hunter-gatherer in the Ring Fort. You will see how the Celts carried out their every-day activities as they cooked over open fires or in pits; ground corn for making bread or for porridge on hand-powered querns; or made pottery, wooden bowls, goblets and platters.


Craggaunowen Castle, Wild Boar and More

Explore Craggaunowen Castle, the 16th century restored Medieval Castle built in 1550, standing defiantly on a crag overlooking the lake. Enjoy magnificent views of the countryside and observe rare and interesting animal breeds such as wild boar and soay sheep - specimens of the pre-historic era. Visit one of Ireland's earliest roadways or 'togher' dating to 148 BC. Exploring the Souterrain is fun - designed to store food but these were often a welcome escape route when under attack from the enemy ... a great place for hide and seek!


Located off the R469 near Quin, Co. Clare, 16km (10 miles) from Bunratty.

GPS Co-ordinates 52.813261,-8.790522.

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Visit the Brendan Boat at Craggaunowen – a leather hulled boat built by Tim Severin who sailed across the mid-Atlantic, re-enacting the voyage of St. Brendan and the early Christian monks reputed to have discovered America centuries before Columbus!!

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Craggaunowen, The Living Past Experience
Kilmurry (near Quin), Co. Clare
T. +353 (0)61 360 788

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Open Easter Saturday (March 26, 2016) to August 31.

Daily 10:00 - 17:00

Closed: September 1 until Easter weekend 2017.

Last admission one hour before closing time.

Approx Visit Duration: 90 minutes


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Craggaunowen is self-guiding with a map provided on arrival. A guiding service in English (for up to 40 people) is provided at peak times and takes approx 1 hour.  


Leaflets available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish and Dutch. 


Quaint Irish tea room (24 seats) offers tea, coffee, homemade scones and wonderful porter cake.  


Gift Shop with souvenirs, crafts and books. 


Free car and coach parking on-site.


Partially wheelchair accessible (assistance would be required on rough paths and terrain and at exhibits). Accessible toilet.  

Note: Opening times may be subject to change and attraction website and contact details will be on your ticket for any updates. 

Partially indoor Family Friendly Cool for Kids (under 8) Wheelchair access (partial) Tea Rooms / Coffee Shop Car Parking at Attraction Coach Parking at Attraction Guided Tours Assistance / Guide Dogs Permitted Gift Shop
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