Lough Gur Visitor Centre
Lough Gur Visitor Centre
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Lough Gur Heritage Centre is a community run tourist attraction telling the story of 6,000 years of habitation in the Lough Gur area. From Neolithic house sites to medieval castles Lough Gur has monuments from every era and the heritage centre ensures that visitors get the history/folklore and archaeology of the area from trained guides.The Centre also houses a retail space where take away tea/coffee, minerals, ice-cream and chocolate are available for purchase as are books and merchandise of the area.Summer opening hours are 10 to 5pm Monday to Friday and 12 to 6pm Saturday and Sunday from March to October and every Sunday during winter hours.The centre is staffed by volunteers and all monies raised goes back into community initiatives at Lough Gur.
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  • Eoghan O
    Ennis, Ireland6 contributions
    Magical Lough Gur
    The ancient energy here is palpable. People have lived here for over 5,500 years. The place is magical. I visited the lovely thatched visitors center, you can have a coffeee and view the beautiful Lough Gur, Sun Shield (replica) original one in the National museum. Well worth a visit to step back in time and sense our ancient past.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 April 2023
  • ReddersTheRover
    Marlborough, United Kingdom4 contributions
    Breathtaking beauty and unrivalled history
    A wondrously tranquil spot, which would be worth visiting for its beauty even if it had no archeological significance. But its unique role in the history of human colonisation of Ireland is a fascinating tale, brought alive to our group by a young local volunteer who, while obviously immensely knowledgeable about the area, wore his learning lightly as he told his tale with panache and humour. In my view, one of Ireland's must-see experiences.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 May 2023
  • Nicholas M
    Baltimore, Ireland43 contributions
    Amazing archaeological site
    Lough Gur is an amazing archaeological site where people have lived for over 6,000 years. It is well maintained and offers an excellent Visitors' Centre describing the periods of occupation in fascinating detail as well as local history. Replicas of artefacts discovered here are also on display. Advisable to Google in advance to grasp the magnificence of this site. The largest Stone Circle in Ireland is in the area. Coffee and biscuits are available but no cooked meals. Go to Reardon's pub restaurant nearby for that.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 September 2023
  • hoben57
    Houston, Texas36 contributions
    A Fascinating Archeological Site
    We went here for a day trip thinking it was just a lake and a park not realizing it is an archeological site. The visitor center gave good information on the history of the area and showed reproductions of some artifacts found in the area. The young lady at the center was friendly and helpful. The weather was dicey so she steered us to a couple of the more interesting areas including the New Church ruins and the Grange Stone Circle. Both were worth the stop despite the drizzly rain. The stone circle is the largest in Ireland and interesting to see and walk around the stones. There is parking at or near both locations.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 November 2023
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hoben57
Houston, TX36 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
We went here for a day trip thinking it was just a lake and a park not realizing it is an archeological site. The visitor center gave good information on the history of the area and showed reproductions of some artifacts found in the area. The young lady at the center was friendly and helpful. The weather was dicey so she steered us to a couple of the more interesting areas including the New Church ruins and the Grange Stone Circle. Both were worth the stop despite the drizzly rain. The stone circle is the largest in Ireland and interesting to see and walk around the stones. There is parking at or near both locations.
Written 15 November 2023
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Nicholas M
Baltimore, Ireland43 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Lough Gur is an amazing archaeological site where people have lived for over 6,000 years. It is well maintained and offers an excellent Visitors' Centre describing the periods of occupation in fascinating detail as well as local history. Replicas of artefacts discovered here are also on display. Advisable to Google in advance to grasp the magnificence of this site. The largest Stone Circle in Ireland is in the area. Coffee and biscuits are available but no cooked meals. Go to Reardon's pub restaurant nearby for that.
Written 20 September 2023
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Compass11373348261
1 contribution
Jul 2023 • Family
Gorgeous place with incredible history! Walking paths for a perfect stroll and warm, welcoming staff at the Vistor's Center. The enormous stone circle is a must-see!
Written 12 July 2023
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ReddersTheRover
Marlborough, UK4 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
A wondrously tranquil spot, which would be worth visiting for its beauty even if it had no archeological significance. But its unique role in the history of human colonisation of Ireland is a fascinating tale, brought alive to our group by a young local volunteer who, while obviously immensely knowledgeable about the area, wore his learning lightly as he told his tale with panache and humour. In my view, one of Ireland's must-see experiences.
Written 17 May 2023
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Sarah M
Reno, NV652 contributions
May 2023
The lake and surrounding park areas are absoluteley goragous and a region treasure. Bring a picnic, rent a kayak and let the kids run around! They have a nice playground too.

The Visitor Center was interesting and gave you an overview of the thousands of years history in the area. Unfortunately the staff person working was not able to answer our questions which were pretty basic. The Visitor Center is not large and can be toured in a 1/2 hour or so.
Written 16 May 2023
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Eoghan O
Ennis, Ireland6 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
The ancient energy here is palpable. People have lived here for over 5,500 years. The place is magical. I visited the lovely thatched visitors center, you can have a coffeee and view the beautiful Lough Gur, Sun Shield (replica) original one in the National museum.
Well worth a visit to step back in time and sense our ancient past.
Written 10 April 2023
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mainter1664
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Couples
We had a beautiful afternoon discovering Lough Gur, the lake, the Grange Stone Circle, the Carraig Aille Rings and Megalithic Tombe, not forgetting the Teampall Nua ! But the best discovery of the day were the two volunteer ladies who are so passionate and about the area and its history. They could well be amongst the first to be aware of an amazing new discovery, and we only hope that the beautiful unchanged area and the 2 love ladies will benefit from it.
Written 18 August 2022
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Mitchtravels
70 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Always love visiting Lough Gur and have done for many years.
It's a fab place.
However I wouldn't reccomend the museum as it is overpriced for how small it is.
Just visit Lough Gur grounds are free and plenty to see.
They now have a coffee van there which is a nice addition.
You use to he able to go kayaking not sure if they are still operating? Shame as that was a cool.activity on the lake.
Written 20 April 2022
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Cailín Éire
Dublin, Ireland46 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
This is a great spot to visit, lovely walks and if your brave climb the 130 steps to view the lough, amazing view and well worth the trek up to the top, lots of seating when you climb so you can rest and take it all in. Staff member in the museum so helpful and friendly a lovely welcoming lady.
Written 25 March 2022
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rdzennmd
9 contributions
Sep 2021
We visited Lough Gur in early September, and were given a wonderful and informative tour by Siobhan, and she was delightful, particularly in describing the history and legends related to the stone circle. Having seen and enjoyed other historical settings on our trip, we thought our experience at Lough Gur was at the top of our list of experiences. Definitely worthwhile and underrated, with the local volunteers committed to preserving an important part of the Irish heritage.
Written 17 December 2021
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