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Abbey Mill and House of Craft
Donegal
North-west
Rossnowlagh Road, Ballyshannon
Tel. 071 9851260
Open: June-Aug, daily 10.30am-6.30pm
Two mills; one is restaurant; other is craft shop and museum

Aillwee Cave
Clare
Shannon
Ballyvaughan
Tel. 065 7077067
Open: year round, daily; tour times 10.30am-5.30 pm except July and Aug until 6.30pm; tours in late Nov and Dec by appointment only
1000 foot long underground show cave; 30 minute guided tours of caverns, chasms, waterfalls, chambers; tea-room; craft shop; farm shop; information desk; parking
Web: Aillwee Cave

Arigna Mining Experience
Roscommon
West
Tel. 071 96 46466
Open: year round, daily, 10am-5pm
Depicts coal mining life with exhibitions and underground tour; shop; coffee shop; parking
Web: Arigna Mining Experience

Armagh Planetarium
Armagh
Northern Ireland
College Hill, Armagh
Tel. 028 3752 3689 (prebooking essential for shows)
Open: shows play various times and days throughout year; check website for details
Small planetarium with shows; telescope nights; exhibit area; scale model of universe; parking

Avoca Handweavers
Wicklow
Midlands East
Avoca, at the Mill
Tel. 0 402 35105
Open: summer: shop, 9am-6pm; café, 9.30am-5.30pm; winter: shop, 9.30am-5.30pm; café 9.30am-5pm
Weaving; shop; café; parking; located in village used for TV series Ballykissangel
Web: Avoca

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Ballycastle Craft Centre
Clare
Shannon
Near Shannon airport, 2 miles from Bunratty
Tel. 061 362105
Open: year round, Mon-Sat, 9am-5.30pm
Knitwear, pottery, and other crafts.

Bandon Craft Centre
Cork
South-west
Bandon, on Bridge St
Tel. 023 41115
Open year round, Mon-Sat, 9.30am-6pm, June-Aug on Sun also
High quality china, glass, furniture, etc. free tea/coffee for customers

Battle of the Boyne Site
Louth
Midlands East
South bank of River Boyne, 3km north of Donore Village
Tel. 0 41 980 9950
Open: March-April, daily, 9.30am-5.30pm; May-Sep, daily, 10am-6pm; Oct-Feb, daily, 9am-5pm
Visitor centre in restored 18th cenutry Oldbridge House; where William of Orange defeated King James II in 1690; AV presentation; original 17th century weaponry; laser battlefield model; exhibitions; display of replica 17th Century weaponry; self-guiding walks; walled garden; tea-room; parking
Web: Battle of the Boyne

Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre
Fermanagh
Northern Ireland
Belleek
Tel. 028 6865 9300
Open: Jan-Feb, Mon-Fri, 9am-5.30pm; March-June, Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm, Sat, 10am-6pm, Sun, 2-5pm; July-Oct, Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm, Sat, 10am-6pm, Sun, noon-6pm; Nov-Dec, Mon-Fri, 9am-5.30pm, Sat, 10am-5.30pm; no tours on Sat and Sun; closed Christmas holidays
Factory tours of pottery making; AV presentation; museum of old pieces; tea-room; shop; parking
Web: Belleek Pottery

Blackrock Market
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown
Greater Dublin
19a Main Street, Blackrock, County Dublin
Tel. 0 1 2833 522
Open: year round, Sat, 11am-5.30pm; Sun, noon-5.30pm; BH Mon, 11am-5.30pm
Local food and craft market with over 50 shops; cafe
Web: Blackrock Market

Blarney Village Mills Complex
Clare
Shannon
Bunratty, across from Blarney, Castle
Open: Mon-Sat 9.30am-6pm; Sun, 10am-6pm
Irish goods stores (crystal, china, lace, etc)in old woollen mills; parking for Blarney castle and mill complex
Web: Bunratty Village Mills

Bri Leith Hill
Longford
Midlands East
Outside Ardagh village
Tel. NA
Open: open site
Forested hill that was centre of pre-Christian worship; associated with a number of legends

Bushmills Distillery
Antrim
Northern Ireland
Bushmills
Tel. 028 207 31521
Open: March-Oct, Mon-Sat, 9.15am-5pm (last tour 4pm); also March-June, and Oct, Sun, noon-5pm; also July-Sep, Sun, 11.30am-5pm; tours run every half hour
Whisky distillery; visitor centre; tours of distillery; shop; light snacks; parking
For a tour and photos see our article Old Bushmills Distillery
Web: Bushmills

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Castletown Motte and Bailey Mound
Louth
Midlands East
a mix of ruins
County Louth
Mount Avenue, Dundalk
Tel. 0 42 933 5484
Circular mound and bailey; evidence of souterrain; ruins of late 18th century castellated house; site was pre Christian fort

Chester Beatty Library
Dublin City
Greater Dublin
Great Ship St, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
Tel. 01 407 0750
Open: May-end Sep, Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat, 11am-5pm; Sun, 1-5pm; Oct-end April, Tue-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat, 11am-5pm; Sun, 1-5pm
Housed in 18th century clock tower building; Arts of the Book is permanent exhibition of the library's collections—visitors can view books from the ancient world, Egyptian Books of the Dead, illuminated medieval European manuscripts, European printed books, Old Master prints; collections of Chinese jade books; Japanese picture-scrolls; sacred texts; illuminated manuscripts; miniature paintings from world religions and systems of belief; AV presentations; temporary exhibits; shop; restaurant
Web: Chester Beatty Library

Claypipe Visitor Centre
Roscommon
West
Knockcroghery
Tel. 090 666 1923
Open: May-Sep, Tue-Sat,10am-6pm
Workshop making historic claypipes.

Coleman Music Centre
Sligo
North-west
Gurteen
Tel. 0 71 918 2599
Centre for learning about and enjoying traditional Irish music and culture; visitor centre; traditional cottage; archives; music shows; special activities
Web: Coleman Irish Music

Conway Mill
Antrim
Northern Ireland
Belfast
5-7 Conway St, Belfast
Tel. 028 9032 6452
Open: guided tours at 1, 2, and 3pm; craft shop: 10am-4pm, Mon-Fri
Six 1842 grade B2 listed buildings; former mechanical flax spinning mill houses local artists and craftspeople; small linen museum; art gallery; craft shop; workshops; exhibition
Web: Conway Mill

Crag Cave
Kerry (North)
Shannon
Castleisland, just off N21
Tel: 0 66 714 1244
Open: year round, Jan-March, Wed-Sun, with tours at 10:45am, noon, 2:30pm, 4pm; April–Dec, daily, 10am-6pm, with tours at 10:45, noon, 2:30pm, 4pm; tours last 30 min
Limestone show cave on two levels; river, pillars, stalagmites, stalactites, flowstone, underground water channels; shop; restaurant; indoor adventure centre for children; parking
Web: Crag Cave

Cushendale Woollen Mills
Kilkenny
South-east
Graiguenamanagh
Tel. 0 59 972 4118
Open: Mon-Fri, 8.30am-12.30pm and 1.30-5.30pm, Sat 9.30am-12.30pm.

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Derry City Walls
Derry (Londonderry)
Northern Ireland
Derry
Derry
Tel: 028 7126 7284
Open: dawn to dusk
17th century walls around the old city; one-mile circuit; views from the top

Dingle Steam Railway
Kerry (North)
Shannon
Ballyard Station on Dingle Rd
Tel. 0 66 712 1064
Open: May-Sep, daily; trains leave from 11am-5pm on the hour
Steam railway from Tralee to Blennerville

Donegal Bay Waterbus
Donegal
North-west
Donegal Pier, Donegal
Tel. 074 972 3666
Tours of Donegal Bay

Donegal Craft Village
Donegal
North-west
Ballyshannon Road, Donegal
Tel. 074 9722225
Open: 10am-5.30pm
Six workshops with contemporary crafts

Doolin Cave
Clare
Shannon
Western edge of the Burren, near cliffs of Moher; visitors transported from Doolin village Brauch Na hAille restaurant
Tel. 0 65 707 5761
Email to book: Tours at Doolin cave (booking essential)
Open: mid Feb-Easter, daily, 11am-4pm; Easter-end Aug, daily, 10am-5pm; Sep-end Oct mid-term break:11am-4pm weekdays, 10am-4pm, weekends; Oct mid-term break-end Christmas holidays, weekends,11am-4pm
Cave has Northern hemisphere's longest stalactite at 20 feet; restaurant; craft shop; parking
Web: Doolin Cave

Dublinia
Dublin City
Greater Dublin
In former synod building; St Michaels Hill, Christ Church, Dublin 8
Tel. 01 679 4611
Open: year round, April-Sep, 10am-5pm; Oct-March, Mon-Fri, 11am-4pm; Sat, Sun and BH, 11am-4pm
Medieval Dublin and world of Vikings re-creation; interactive displays; street scenes; models; activities for children; St Michael’s Tower—17th century viewing tower with 96 steps to top; café (open Easter-end Aug)
Web: Dublinia

Dunmore Cave
Kilkenny
South-east
Ballyfoyle; 10km from Kilkenny off N78
Tel. 0 56 776 7726
Open: mid March-mid Jun,10am-5pm, daily; mid Jun-mid Sep, 9.30am-6.30pm daily; mid Sep-mid Oct, 10am-5pm daily; winter, weekends only, 10am-4.30pm; by guided tour only, phone for times
Limestone caverns with calcite formations; Viking finds; car park; interactive museum; AV presentation; tea-room

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Fenagh Visitor Centre
Leitrim
North-west
Fenaghbeg
Tel. 0 71 964 5590
Open: Summer: Wed–Fri, 10am-5.30pm; Sat–Sun, noon-5.30pm
Web: Fenagh Visitor Centre
Information, descriptions and maps of local abbeys, archaeological sites and photographs; shop; cafe; children’s play area

Foxford Woolen Mills
Mayo
West
Saint Joseph’s Place, Foxford
Tel. 094 9256756
Open: May-Oct, Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm, on Sun from noon; Nov-April, Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm, Sun, 2-6pm.
Shop, mill tours every 20 minutes, restaurant, art gallery, woodcrafting, tourist information, parking.

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Galway Irish Crystal Heritage Centre
Galway
West
Galway City, N6 Dublin Road
Tel. 091 757311
Open: April-Sep, Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm, Sun from 10am; Oct-March, 9am-5.30pm weekdays, Sat from 10am-5.30pm, Sun from 11am-5.30pm.
Tours and AV show on Irish crystal making, shop, restaurant
Website: Galway Irish Crystal Heritage Centre

Glengowla Lead and Silver Mine
Galway
West
Oughterard, on N59
Tel. 091 552021
Open: March-Nov, daily
Guided tours of the mine every 20 minutes

Granard Motte and Bailey
Longford
Midlands East
In countryside near town of Granard
Tel. NA
Open: open site
Motte and bailey established before Danish occupation; supposed to be highest motte in Ireland; views from the top; nearby are stone circles and 90 ringforts

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Hilden Brewery Visitor Centre
Antrim
Northern Ireland
Hilden House, Hilden, Lisburn
Tel. 028 9266 3863
Open: year round, Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm with tours at 11.30am and 2.30pm; lunches from 12-2.30pm; dinner Thu-Sat, 7-9pm.
Working brewery, visitor centre, restaurant.

Hill of Faughart
Louth
Midlands East
15 minutes from Dundalk
Tel. 0 42 933 5484
Open: open site
Remains of iron age fort, Norman motte castle and medieval church; St Brigid’s well in graveyard

Hook Head Visitor Centre
Wexford
South-east
Ring of Hook Drive
Open: March-Oct, daily 9.30am-5.30pm
Visitor centre, café and craft shop.

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Inishowen Ferry
Donegal
North-west
Greencastle, Inishowen peninsula to Northern Ireland Ferry
Tel. 074 9381901

Irish Dresden Centre
Limerick
Shannon
Dromcollagher
Tel. 063 83030
Dresden was first made in Ireland here.

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Kerry Woollen Mills
Kerry (South)
South-west
Beaufort
Tel. 064 44122.
Open: year round, Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm, on Sat also from Mar-Oct.
Shop and Mill

Kilclooney Dolman Centre
Donegal
North-west
Portnoo
Open: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm, on Mon and Wed until 9pm
Eco-tourism centre, local craft centre and art gallery

Kilmore Waterbus
Leitrim
North-west
Tel. 071 9164266, Mobile: 087 2598869; contact Tina & George McGoldrick.
Open: daily June-Sep, Limited sailings April-Oct.
Boat trips to Isle of Innishfree.

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Lagan Lookout
Antrim
Northern Ireland
Belfast
Donegall Quay; centrelink bus
Tel. 028 9031 5444
Exhibits, Lagan weir, views, walkways; 30 foot ceramic ‘Big Fish’ sculpture.

Leitrim Design House
Leitrim
North-west
Market Yard Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon
Tel. 071 962 2255
Open: Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm
Arts and Crafts

Lough Corrib Cruises
Galway
West
Cruises to Inchagaoill Island
90-minute trips depart Lisloughrey Pier, 1km from Cong, April-Oct, daily, 11.15am and 3pm; from Oughterard Pier, on the N59, May-Oct, daily, 11am and 2.45pm; for up to date details of the different cruises offered visit the website
Web: Lough Corrib Cruises

Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park
Kildare
Midlands East
Rathangan
Tel. 0 45 870238
Open: daily, Easter-end Aug, 10am-6pm; Sep-Nov, Sat and Sun, 10am-6pm
Indoor exhibitions; replica ancient dwellings; woodland and bogland walkways; theme gardens; pet farm; special events
Web: Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park

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Mallow Heritage Centre
Cork
South-west
27/28 Bank Place, Mallow
Tel. 0 22 21778
Genealogical research centre

Marble Arch Caves
Fermanagh
Northern Ireland
Marlbank scenic loop, Florence Court
Tel. 028 6634 8855
Open: April-end June and Sep, daily, 10am-4.30pm; July-Aug, daily, 10am-5pm; Oct, weekdays, 11am-4pm, weekends, 10am-4.30pm; closed Nov-Feb; check website for March openings
Limestone show cave tour of 1.25 hours and underground boat ride; shop, restaurant, exhibition, AV presentation.

Michael Collins Centre
Cork
South-west
Castleview, Clonakilty
Tel. 023 46107 or mobile 086 811 3317
Open: mid June-mid Sep, Mon-Fri, 10.30am- 5pm; Sat, 11am-2pm
AV, talks and walks on the 1916 rebellion, War of Independence, Treaty talks and the Civil War with details on Michael Collins;
Web: Arigideen Valley Heritage Park

Mitchelstown Caves
Tipperary (South)
South-east
Halfway between Mitchelstown and Cahir
Tel. 052 67246
Open: daily, 10am-6pm, except in Dec-Feb from 11am-5pm.

Moneymore Model Village and Heritage Centre
Derry (Londonderry)
Northern Ireland
Manor House, High St, Moneymore
Tel. 028 8674 8910 to view.
Open: Mon-Fri
In grounds of Manor House. Lilliputian size 17th century plantation village and garden; interpretive centre.

Mountshannon Village Boats to Holy Island
Clare
Shannon
Tel. 061 921615 or 086 8749710

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National Sea Life Centre
Wicklow
Midlands East
Bray
Tel. 01 286 6939
Open: daily, April-Sep, 10am-5pm; phone for winter times
70 sea and freshwater species.

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Oceans Alive Visitor Centre
Galway
West
Connemara Town
Tel. 095 43473
Open: year round, daily 10am-6pm.
Marine heritage museum, aquarium, AV show, display, sightseeing cruises, craft shop, tearoom.

Old Midleton Distillery
Cork
South-west
Midleton
Tel. 021 461 3594
Open: March-Oct, tours 10am-4.30pm
One hour tour traces history of Irish whiskey; restaurant

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Phoenix Park and Visitor Centre
Dublin City
Greater Dublin
Phoenix Park, Dublin 8 (4km from city centre)
Tel. 0 1 677 0095
Open: park open daily 24 hours; visitor centre open Nov-mid March, weekends only 10am-5pm; mid-end March, daily until 5.30pm; April-Sep, until 6pm; Oct, daily, 10am-5pm
City park with exhibition on history and wildlife of the area from BC3500 to present day; fully restored Ashtown castle, medieval tower house beside the centre; restaurant; coffee shop; zoo
Web: Phoenix Park

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Saltee Island Tours by An Crosan Tours
Wexford
South-east
Kilmore Quay, Kilmore
Tel. 053 29684 or mobile 087 252 9736
Open: March-Oct; June is best bird spotting month.
Cruise around the Saltee Islands bird sanctuary.

Scarva Visitor Centre
Down
Northern Ireland
Main Street, Scarva
Tel. 028 3883 2163
Open: Apr-Sep, Tue-Fri and public holidays, 10am-5pm, on Sat-Sun from 2-5pm.
Town visitor centre

Spiddal Craft Village
Galway
West
Tel. 086 8142530
Open: all year, Mon-Sat, 9am-6pm, on Sun from 2-6pm
10 craft outlets: weaving, woodturning, jewellery, leather making; cafe

Spirit of Killaloe Boat Tours
Clare
Shannon
Killaloe
Tel. 086 8140559 for details
Tours of the river Shannon from May-Sep.

Straffan Butterfly Farm
Kildare
Midlands East
Ovidstown, Straffan
Tel. 0 1 627 1109
Open: June-Aug, daily, noon-5.30pm
Tropical house; exhibition of framed butterflies; picnic area; shop
Web: Straffan Butterfly Farm

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Titanic Walking Trail
Cork
South-west
Cobh
Tel. 021 481 5211
Open: walks go year round at 11am daily from Commodore Hotel; extra walks at 2 and 4 pm during months of June-Aug
Heritage walking tour of the town of Cobh with special emphasis on links to Titanic
Web: Titanic Walking Trail

Trinity College Library
Dublin City
Greater Dublin
College St, Dublin 2.
Tel. 0 1 608 2320.
Open: Mon-Sat, 9.30am-5pm; Sun noon-4.30pm Oct-May, from 9.30am other months.
Famous books include the Book of Kells.

Tyrone Crystal
Tyrone
Northern Ireland
Coalisland Rd, A45 from Dungannon toward Coalisland
Tel. 028 8772 5335
Open: Mon-Fri, phone for details
Guided tour of blowing, marking, cutting, and finishing stages of crystal; restaurant.

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Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre
Waterford
South-east
The Mall, Waterford city
Tel. 051 317 000
Open: Nov, Dec, Jan-Feb: factory tour, Mon-Fri, 9.30am-3.15pm; retail store, Mon-Sat, 9.30am-5pm; March: factor tour, Mon-Sat, 9.30am-3.15pm and Sun, 9.30am-3.15pm; retail store , Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm and Sun, 9.30am-5pm (closed St Patrick’s Day; April-Oct, factory tour, Mon-Sat: 9am-4.15pm and Sun, 9:30am-4:15pm; retail store, Mon-Sat: 9am-6pm and Sun, 9:30am-6pm; tours can be booked online
Visitor centre; factory tour includes areas of mould room, blowing department, quality inspection, hand marking, cutting department, sculpting and engraving; retail shop; use city car parks
Web: Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre

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