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Adare Heritage Centre

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Address: Main St., Adare, Ireland
Phone Number:
+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 little tour of Adare

When asking locals what we should not miss in Adare, they pointed us here to take a castle tour. It was an excellent tour and we did learn a great deal about Ireland and not just... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 September 2016
Leesburg, Virginia
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

There is a little exhibition going on, very interesting. There are also some shops and a place you can eat and drink. The toilettes are very clean.

Thank DorisAsh
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

I come here 4-6 times each year on my way to kerry from dublin. Fast efficient, great for sandwiches, snacks or cooked meals too. Delicious desserts, friendly staff, well able to handle the swells of traffic that arrive from tour buses that occasionally arrive. Loads of space and was perfect for a wheelchair user in our group. Lovely gift shops... More 

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Pleasant Hill, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We actually sought this out, but it is really just a tourist trap. Tiny walk-through "History of Adare" is just the thinnest distraction from 3 gift shops and a cafe. Serves a purpose (there are restrooms!) but not worth a stop unless you're on a bus...

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Portlaoise, Ireland
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Prior to me recent visit I found this restaurant very good BUT on my most recent visit I was left very disappointed staff were unfriendly!! Mixed up the order on 3 occasions , bringing the wrong food they eventually got it right much to our frustration😤😤😤 sandwiches were slapped on the plate falling apart very disappointed!! Will be looking for... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Adare is very crowded. It seems it has lost it's charm to commercialism. We went into the visitor center for some suggestions on what to do and see and the TI attendant told us to basically walk up and down the streets and look at the quaint buildings. Really? That's it?? Next time, I'll void the tour buses and go... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

The Heritage centre houses the tourist information , craft shops , gift shops and cafe and is also where you can go on a tour of Desmond Castle which is well worth doing . Vera on the desk is so helpful and actually does some of the tours. A great place to visit while visiting Adare .

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Leesburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

When asking locals what we should not miss in Adare, they pointed us here to take a castle tour. It was an excellent tour and we did learn a great deal about Ireland and not just Adare. We really enjoyed it.

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Medina, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

The Adare Heritage Centre is where all the huge tour busses make a stop (free parking in a large lot behind the main street) and these folks know their business!

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Parking behind the centre is free and a great place to stop to explore Adare. The centre has a manned desk with tourist info plus there are some brochures available. A useful starting point. There's also a display on the history of Adare which is quite interesting. A donation is expected and should be given. There's a nice looking cafe... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

I highly recommend talking with Gerry Curran who is a historian who sells the family crests inside the heritage center. He true love for the Irish family history shows by how helpful he is. He helped my family find our crest and even gave us a copy of the very first map ever made of Ireland. If you are in... More 

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