Skibbereen Heritage Centre

The Centre features a comprehensive exhibition on the Famine of the 1840s, when over a million people died; an exhibition on Lough Hyne and a genealogy service where you can trace your West Cork ancestry.

Open March 18 to November 21

No Booking or Payment Card Fees. Tickets Valid for 365 days - use at leisure.

Skibbereen, Co. Cork (See Map Below)

LEARN ABOUT THE GREAT FAMINE & TRACE YOUR ANCESTORS

Skibbereen Heritage Centre features a comprehensive exhibition on the Famine of the 1840s, when over a million people died; an exhibition on Lough Hyne, Ireland's first Marine Reserve; and a genealogy service where you can trace your West Cork ancestry. 

 

An Interactive Exhibition of Skibbereen in Famine Times

The Great Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s is now recognised as the worst humanitarian disaster of nineteenth century Europe. About a million Irish people died, another million emigrated, and it established a trend of emigration which subsequently drained the country of its people. The Skibbereen area was one of the worst affected by the Irish Famine. It became notorious as the centre of some of the most harrowing suffering endured by famine victims throughout the country. Between 8,000 and 10,000 unidentified souls are buried in the Famine graveyard at Abbeystrowry, just across the river from Skibbereen Heritage Centre. 
 

The Great Famine Commemoration Exhibition at the Skibbereen Heritage Centre commemorates this period of Irish history and serves as a tribute to the suffering of the local population. The comprehensive exhibition offers an overview of government policies and how they impacted on the ground. Reports from the relief committee in their attempts to alleviate the suffering of local people are shown alongside reports of how the international community responded to the crisis. The story unfolds in an interactive way through dramatisation by actors including Jeremy Irons, of actual events and people of the time.

 

Discover Your West Cork Heritage

Skibbereen Heritage Centre also offers a genealogy service and has over twelve years' experience in carrying out ancestral research, enabling countless people to discover their West Cork heritage. The genealogy service includes primary source documents which are not available through any other source.
 

Lough Hyne - Ireland's first Marine Nature Reserve

The second permanent exhibition at Skibbereen Heritage Centre is about Lough Hyne, Ireland's first Marine Nature Reserve. Learn about its unique flora, fauna and ecology and Knockomagh Wood Nature Trail. Follow with a visit to the lough, just 5km from Skibbereen Heritage Centre, and explore one of the most beautiful places in Ireland.
 

Location

From Cork City, take the N71 road through Bandon and Clonakilty (approx 80km / 50 miles).

From Killarney, take the N71 road via Kenmare and Bantry. Follow the road signs to Skibbereen (approx 80km / 50 miles).

When in Skibbereen, follow the N71 onto Bridge Street and Upper Bridge Street. The entrance to the Heritage Centre and car park is located on the right hand side.


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The Great Irish Famine and Skibbereen

The Great Irish Potato Famine of the 1840s is now recognised as the worst humanitarian disaster of 19th century Europe.
 

In 1841 the population of Ireland was 8.5 million people. By 1850, at least one million people had died in terrible conditions while another million emigrated as refugees.  
 

The Skibbereen area was one of the worst affected by the Irish Famine. Between 8,000 and 10,000 unidentified souls are buried in the Famine graveyard at Abbeystrewery near Skibbereen.

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Skibbereen Heritage Centre
Old Gasworks Building, Upper Bridge Street, Skibbereen, Co. Cork
T. +353 (0)28 409 00

 
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OPENING TIMES 2016

Open March 18 to November 21

March 18 to May 19 & September 28 to October 31
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 18:00

May 22 to September 27
Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 18:00

November 1 to 21
Monday - Friday, by appointment only

Closed: Bank Holidays; and from November 22 to mid-March 2017

Last admission 45 minutes before closing time.

Approx Visit Duration: 45 to 60 minutes

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  • LANGUAGES

Lough Hyne audio-visual available in French and German; Famine exhibition literature available in French, German, Italian and Spanish (requires a refundable €10 deposit).  Free brochure in English, German, French and Irish.

DINING / REFRESHMENTS

Tea/coffee available. 

SHOPPING

Gift Shop on-site with souvenirs and memorabilia. 

PARKING

Free car and coach parking on-site.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS

Wheelchair accessible with accessible toilet.  

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

Indoor (all weather) Family Friendly Wheelchair Access Baby Changing Car Parking at Attraction Coach Parking at Attraction Assistance / Guide Dogs Permitted Gift Shop
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