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Adare Heritage Centre

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Address: Main St., Adare, Ireland
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+353 61 396 666
09:30 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 18:00

Snuggled in a wooded setting among the rich quiet farmlands of the Golden...

Snuggled in a wooded setting among the rich quiet farmlands of the Golden Vale by the River Maigue, Adare is a model village dating from the time of the Norman conquest. It has been home to the Earls of Dunraven (Quin Family) for over three centuries and is located on the Limerick to Tralee road, the N21, a great pit stop for those on the way to the Ring of Kerry. The Adare Heritage Centre, located in the middle of this charming town with its many thatched houses, allows you to step back in time through an informative historical exhibition, also incorporating a tourist office, gift, craft and heraldry outlets, and a restaurant. During Summer months - June-September - The Desmond Castle tour exclusively runs from the Heritage Centre 7 days a week, with a new tour every hour.

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A good location with plenty of parking in the middle of the town. Nice history exhibition, nice shops and good restaurant. Very informative.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 November 2016
Dublin, Ireland
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Mullingar, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Stopped of here for a look around. The place it's self if very tired looking. Could do with some money being spent on it. The food in the coffee shop was nice. Location perfect for looking around the picture perfect village.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

The Heritage center has a very small museum. There is a gift shop and visitor info booth inside. The whole place can be done in 15-20 minutes. The girl at the info booth did advise us to take a pleasant walk via the back door, up a side street and down following the river. It was refreshing and we saw... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

A good location with plenty of parking in the middle of the town. Nice history exhibition, nice shops and good restaurant. Very informative.

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

The Heritage Centre is helpful for: - information about Adare and what to see there (besides the thatched cottages of course) - signing up for a castle tour (set times) - few gift shops (one has a nice selection of beautiful Irish linens) - coffee or lunch in the cafeteria. It's busy but there's a good selection & lots of... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Everything you could possibly want/need on you Irish trip--shops, restaurant, and a great information station. There is even an exhibition of the local area. Tour buses stop here! Not to be missed!

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Kirkwood, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

We walked here as soon as we got settled into our B&B. There is a lot going on inside. A little museum informs you of some Adare history with photos and things to do. There also is a gift shop and other shops, restrooms and an ice cream stand. A nice woman at an information booth gave us a map... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

A variety of shops - gift store, family coat of arms and Guinness ice cream - ask to take a tour of the Adare Abbey - this is the place to make reservations.

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Not so much a heritage centre as a modern building with a group of rather expensive shops selling souvenirs and a very poor coffee shop selling rather dreadful coffee. Nicer places to go in town.

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Wexford, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Have visited the Heritage Centre many times and I have always found the reception staff,restaurant staff,tourist office staff and the staff in the internal shop very helpful.They understand tourism and the customer and respond very positively. I have done the tour which is a must as Adare is one of Irelands most beautiful and historic areas in Ireland. Highly recommended.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

When travelling through Ireland the biggest mistake tourists face is under-estimating the time it takes to travel in the countryside. This tourist information center/mini-restaurant is a location that allows you to park easily, use clean washrooms, eat a bite before going on to your final destination and maybe buy a few items. I even bought one of their USB dongle's... More 

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