museums and attractions

Attractions in Ireland

We've only got a few museums in the Irish Republic but these include delights such as the Irish Agricultural Museum and the Guinness Collection at The Steam Museum at Straffan.

The Steam Heritage Guide includes contact details, opening times and description of preservation and heritage attractions.

Sligo Folk Park

Millview House, Ardkeeran, Riverstown, Co. Sligo, .
Tel: 00 353 71 916 5001.

  • Souvenir Shop

Located in the beautiful village of Riverstown, Co. Sligo, this community based attraction provides a true experience of rural life and Irish heritage…

Other Sites of Interest / Agricultural / Country Life

Kilgarvan Motor Museum

Slaheny, Kilgarvan, Co. Cork, Ireland.
Tel: 00 353 64 668 5346.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

This is a family run museum where you get personal service and you can browse at your ease. They are passionate about classic and vintage vehicles and…

Transport / Road

Cobh Heritage Centre

Cobh Heritage Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland.
Tel: 00 353 21 481 3591.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

Situated within Cobh’s beautifully restored Victorian railway station, a building with its own historic story. Learn about Irish Emigration story, trace…

Transport / Maritime

Hook Lighthouse & Heritage Centre

Hook Head, Waterford, Co. Wexford, Ireland.
Tel: 00 353 51 397 055.

  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

It is one of the oldest operational lighthouses in the world and was purpose built 800 years ago, it sits at the top of breathtaking Hook Head, rich in…

Transport / Maritime

Bunratty Folk Park

Bunratty, Nr Limerick, Co. Clare, Ireland.
Tel: 00 353 61 360 788.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Set on 26 acres, is a stunning recreation of 19th century Ireland and features various types of farmhouses, a church, a magical walled garden and village…

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

Arigna Mining Experience

Arigna, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Roscommon, Ireland.
Tel: 00 353 71 96 46466.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

The centre was developed to preserve the energy heritage of the Arigna Valley and to ensure that Arigna maintains its link with Energy themes: Past, Present…

Other Sites of Interest / Mines

Allihies Copper Mine Museum

Allihies, Beara, West Cork, Co. Cork, Ireland.
Tel: 00 353 27 73218.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments

The museum is located on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork, Ireland; discover breath-taking landscape, a lively village and the captivating story of Europe’s…

Other Sites of Interest / Mines

Glengowla Mines

Glengowla , Glengowla East, Oughterard, Co. Galway, Ireland.
Tel: 00 353 872 529 850.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop

Buried beneath the Connemara Mountain lies a way of life long abandoned and almost forgotten just waiting for you to explore via a unique, guided, underground…

Other Sites of Interest / Mines

Lifetime Lab – Old Cork Waterworks

Lee Road, Cork, Co. Cork, Ireland.
Tel: 00 353 21 494 1500.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Full disabled access

Located at the old Cork City Waterworks which was responsible for supplying water to the city of Cork over the past 300 years. The Waterworks is the best…

Other Sites of Interest / Stationary Steam

Mizen Head Signal Station

Mizen Head, The Harbour Road, Goleen, Co. Cork, Ireland.
Tel: 00 353 283 5225.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop

Out on a point on the south-west coast of Ireland, the Signal Station and Visitor Centre are a fascinating look at life on the edge. Includes the Engine…

Transport / Maritime

Lartigue Monorail

John B Keane Road, Listowel, Co. Kerry, Eire.
Tel: 00 353 682 4393.

  • Parking
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

A short demonstration journey on a full-scale diesel-powered replica of the original monorail which originally ran for nine miles between Listowel and…

Railways / Rail Centre

Waterford & Suir Valley Railway

Kilmeadan Station, KIlmeadan, Co. Waterford, Eire.
Tel: 00 353 51 384 058.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Narrow gauge railway over 8.5km of the former Waterford to Dungarvan line, from Kilmeadan to Gracedieu Junction, along the valley of the River Suir. Restored…

Railways / Heritage Railways

Inishowen Maritime Museum

Old Coast Guard Station, Greencastle, Co. Donegal, .
Tel: 00 353 74 938 1363.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop

Located in the old coastguard station on Greencastle harbour, overlooking one of the busiest fishing fleets in Ireland, with magnificent views over Lough…

Transport / Maritime

The Steam Museum & Lodge Park Walled Garden

Lodge Park, Straffan, Co. Kildare, Eire.
Tel: 00 353 1 628 8412.

  • Parking
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The Power Hall displays six huge 19th century stationary engines running in steam on occasions. Demonstrations are included of steam powered electric lighting,…

Other Sites of Interest / Stationary Steam

Irish Agricultural Museum

Johnstown Castle Estate, Johnstown, Co. , Co. Wexford, Ireland.
Tel: 00 353 53 918 4671.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Located in the restored farmyard at Johnstown Castle estate, the museum explores Irish country life from the 18th to mid 20th century and showcases 18…

Other Sites of Interest / Agricultural

Fintown Railway

Fintown Railway, Fintown, Co. Donegal, Ireland.
Tel: 00 353 7495 46280.

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

The only operational railway in Co. Donegal. A three mile restored section of the former County Donegal Railway amidst spectacular highland scenery overlooking…

Railways / Heritage Railways

Donegal Railway Heritage Centre

The Old Station House, Tyrconnell Street, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal, Ireland.
Tel: 00 353 749 722 655.

  • Souvenir Shop

The history of railways in Donegal with models, photographs and video presentations. Rolling stock undergoing restoration on site.

Other Sites of Interest / Museums & Steam Centres

ISPS Steam Museum

The Green, Stradbally, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland.
Tel: 00 353 57 864 1878.

  • Parking
  • Full disabled access

Houses many steam, fire and farm engines in the museum. These incluse a Land-Rover fire engine which was stationed at Stradbally fire station in approximately…

Other Sites of Interest / Stationary Steam

Stradbally Narrow Gauge Railway

Stradbally Hall, Stradbally, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland.
Tel: 00 353 8688 70362 .

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

The oldest established heritage railway in Ireland, located in the grounds of Stradbally Hall beside the Rally Field, and Point-to-Point race course. It…

Railways / Heritage Railways

Skerries Mills

Skerries, Fingal, Co. Dublin, .
Tel: 00 353 1849 5208.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop

Since the 12th century flour has been milled at this unique location. The fully restored complex brings to life the authentic workings of a five sail windmill,…

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

National Transport Museum of Ireland

Heritage Depot, Howth Demesne, Howth, Co. Dublin, Eire.
Tel: 00 353 1 848 0831.

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

Exhibits range from buses, trams, commercials, fire appliances through to military, with over 60 vehicles.

Transport / Road

Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum

Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Foynes, Co. Limerick, Ireland.
Tel: 00 353 696 5416.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Housed in the original terminal building, recalls the era when Foynes was the centre of the aviation world between 1937-1945. Board the world's only replica…

Transport / Aircraft

Cavan & Leitrim Railway

Station House, Station Road, Dromod, Co. Leitrim, Ireland.
Tel: 00 353 71 9638 599.

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

So far 1/4 mile of this famous 3ft gauge railway has been rebuilt and a large collection of narrow gauge locomotives and rolling stock are on site. Also…

Railways / Heritage Railways

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