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.

 

County Museum Dundalk

Carroll Centre, Roden Place, Jocelyn Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth, IRELAND.

  • Part disabled access

It is located in the old Dundalk Distillery, where the various exhibitions are displayed over three floors. The ground floor gallery entitled 'From Farm…

Other Sites of Interest / Museums & Steam Centres

Coal Mining Museum & Exhibition

Castlecomer Discovery Park, The Estate Yard, Drumgoole, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny, IRELAND.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

Comprises a 45-minute tour through Castlecomer's coal mining past. The exhibition is an interactive multi-media display that takes the visitor on a journey…

Other Sites of Interest / Mines

Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre

Knockmahon, Bunmahon, Co. Waterford, IRELAND.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Located in a restored 19th century church, the Geopark Visitor Centre contains a local mining and environmental heritage exhibition, walking trail guides…

Other Sites of Interest / Mines

Derryglad Folk & Heritage Museum

Curraghboy, Athlone, Co. Roscommon, IRELAND.

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

The collection deals with Farm & Folk life in Ireland from the 18th century to the recent past, and includes horse-drawn machinery, tradesman's tools and…

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

Newmills Corn & Flax Mills

Churchill Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, IRELAND.

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

The visitor can experience the pleasure of seeing one of the largest waterwheels in Ireland in action as it drives the machinery of the corn mill.

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

Donaghmore Famine Workhouse Museum

Donaghmore, Portlaoise, Co. Laois, IRELAND.

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

The museum is a unique attraction as it not only tells the story of families who lived and died within the Workhouse walls before, during and after the…

Other Sites of Interest / Industrial

West Clare Railway

West Clare Railway, Moyasta, Co. Clare, IRELAND.

  • Refreshments
  • Part disabled access

The railway has been restored to provide a fun day out for families, where you can immerse yourself in steam, nostalgia and times past. Ireland’s most…

Railways / Heritage Railways

Elphin Windmill & Farm Museum

Windmill Road, Elphin, Co. Roscommon, IRELAND.

  • Parking
  • Part disabled access

This 18th Century windmill was perfectly located to harness the winds sweeping over the plains of Boyle. Unusual features are a thatched revolving roof…

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

West Cork Model Railway Village

Inchydoney Road, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, IRELAND.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

Walking into the Model Village you step back in time and see life as it was in the 1940s. See the old West Cork railway line portrayed in delightful miniature…

Railways / Model Railway

Kiltimagh Railway Museum

Kiltimagh Railway Museum, Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo, IRELAND.

  • Part disabled access

The museum houses railway artefacts and many other items reflecting different aspects of our past including two old railway carriages.

Railways / Railway Museum

Arklow Maritime Heritage Museum

Bridgewater Centre, North Quay, Arklow, Co. Wicklow, IRELAND.

  • Part disabled access

There are displays on the maritime history of Arklow, focusing in particular on its boat building, lifeboat and fishing traditions. With photographs of…

Transport / Maritime

Muckross Traditional Farms

The National Park, Kenare Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry, IRELAND.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

Step back into the past and visit a very different Ireland – the Ireland of the 1930s and 1940s. Then, a trip to the well was still a daily chore for…

Other Sites of Interest / Agricultural

National Maritime Museum of Ireland

Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, IRELAND.

  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The museum in Dun Laoghaire’s 180-year-old Mariners Church where the experienced guides will take you on a voyage of discovery enthralling you with stories…

Transport / Maritime

National Museum of Ireland – Country Life

Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, IRELAND.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Full disabled access

The museum is set in the spectacular grounds of Turlough Park House and is home to the National Folklife Collection. Explore rural traditions, crafts and…

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

Blennerville Windmill

Windmill Street, Blennerville, Tralee, Co. Kerry, IRELAND.

  • Parking
  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop

Stands out as the dominant landmark in Tralee Bay, where the town of Tralee meets the Dingle Peninsula. Visitors can get up close and appreciate the scale…

Other Sites of Interest / Wind/Water MIll

Sligo Folk Park

Millview House, Ardkeeran, Riverstown, Co. Sligo, IRELAND.

  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access

The folk park prides itself on its ability to bring the past to life through a wide assortment of displays and tours. When you visit Sligo Folk Park, you…

Other Sites of Interest / Country Life

Kilgarvan Motor Museum

Slaheny, Kilgarvan, Co. Cork, IRELAND.

  • 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

The Queenstown Story, Cobh, Co. Cork, IRELAND.

  • 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.

  • 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

Arigna Mining Experience

Arigna, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Roscommon, Ireland.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

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