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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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Every time you get personal service, you are attended with perfect attitude and never forceful attitude.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 August 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Every time you get personal service, you are attended with perfect attitude and never forceful attitude.

Thank Harry T
Limerick, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

My kids (12yr, 10yr, 8yr) and I really enjoyed this tour (Adare Castle), the fact that only 18 of you get to access this castle at any one time really makes this a very real and personal experience.As the bus pulls up to the wooden door and our tour guide Vera got out to open the door with a key... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

We visited Adare, and stopped in at the Heritage Center. The exhibit was extremely well done. In addition, we signed up for a guided tour of the Adare Castle. The guide, Sandra, was incredible in her depth and breadth of knowldege, as well as her sense of humor The group has done a wonderful job of bringing this lovely village's... More 

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Lees Summit, Mo
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

First of all it is a nice village but this Heritage Center is really just a gift shop and had little or no information on the area. It is a good place to stop for toilets.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

The Heritage Centre offers a variety of services -- a tourist information desk, several shops, a cafe, a small museum/exhibit and an ice cream stand. I found the shops to be quite good, and the exhibits were interesting. There is one shop that offers helpful advice on tracing your Irish ancestry. Plenty of parking is available in the back. The... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

We weren't even aware of this centre until we went walking in the village yesterday. There is an interesting array of shops in the centre, but all tourist-orientated - and we rambled on in to the display they had constructed. I have to agree with another reviewer, far too many of the interactive buttons weren't working, and it was tiresome... More 

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Limerick, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

we have visited the heritage centre many times with my husbands grandmother as she just loves the shops and history in it. We make sure to bring her every Christmas and she always loves it.

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Gillingham, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

We found the details of this on a tourist map. Parking was a bit of an issue. A lot of the space was taken up by coaches waiting to take visitors to the castle or on to other attractions. Ther are a couple of shops in here, a cafe and toilets. There is an exhibition that feels a little bit... More 

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Woodbury. Mn
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Good historic information but needs to be brought up to date using modern presentation tools. Not interesting enough for electronically motivated teenagers.

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pretty village, north yokshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

As a wheelchair user I can say this place is well planned and layed out. I can self-propel / scoot & there was plenty of room indoors to explore and read the information without getting in the way. I was here with our brass band to play an afternoon concert which was immense fun and well received by visitors. The... More 

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