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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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Popped in for a tea and cake superb

Popped in on our tour of adare, decided to pop into the cafe for a quick bite, and it was excellent lovely fruit scone with jam & butter, lovely freshly cooked it was delicious... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 July 2016
Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Tour guide was very knowledgeable! Very interesting tour of a Norman castle! Ashleigh was very knowledgeable and personable. Only 1-hour.

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Greenville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

The Heritage center is nice with great bathrooms, visitor information a very nice visual history walk-though.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

For 6 euro, this bus and guided tour was a bargain. For an hour, Vera, our guide (who confessed to me her age, older than anyone in our group which I mention only because she was so spry and lively throughout the tour), demonstrated to us the probable uses of various parts of what must have been a magnificent home... More 

Thank raddoc2015
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

great meeting place and very busy with tour buses and it was hard to get a seat if you wanted to have a coffee. Plenty of parking at the back. Ice cream cones were delicious!!

Thank Deirdre-Ann C
Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Dropped in here to break a long car journey, so delighted we did, the whole experience was 5 star from beginning to end. Beautiful restaurant with the most delicious apple pie i have tasted in years. My wife description of the scones was " absolutely heavenly" The staff throughout the facility are excellent and really know how to provide a... More 

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Limerick, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

We enjoyed tour of the Castle.....our tour guide ASHLING was excellent....tour is FREE on the first Wednesday of each month.....bus goes from Heritage Centre!

Thank debbieandpaul2014
Co Mayo
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

We popped into the Dovecote restaurant on Friday on the way home from holidays. We usually go there every time we pass but on this occasion we were utterly disappointed. The staff were so rude and unfriendly, in particular the younger staff. We sat down at 4pm and only three other tables were occupied but it took over 25 minutes... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

We utilized this site for free parking, bathrooms and shops. The exhibit of the area's history is lacking.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

Popped in on our tour of adare, decided to pop into the cafe for a quick bite, and it was excellent lovely fruit scone with jam & butter, lovely freshly cooked it was delicious, so not in this part that fen, so will make a point on returning when I'm in and around Limerick in the future.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

Stop by here to get information and browse gifts! You can get maps, ideas of where to go, and also tour ideas from here.

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