Top 10 History Museums in Ireland’s Ancient East, Ireland’s Ancient East

May 22, 2022 Etsuko Causey

Discover the best top things to do in Ireland’s Ancient East, Ireland including Millstreet Museum, Michael Collins Centre, Irish Military War Museum & Family Park, Thomas MacDonagh Heritage Centre, Medieval Mile Museum, Fethard Horse Country Experience, Nano Nagle Place, Hunt Museum, Cork City Gaol, Drum Heritage Centre.

1. Millstreet Museum

Carnegie Town Hall, Millstreet Ireland +353 29 70844
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5.0 based on 3 reviews

Millstreet Museum

2. Michael Collins Centre

Castleview, Clonakilty Ireland +353 23 884 6107 [email protected] http://www.michaelcollinscentre.com/
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5.0 based on 344 reviews

Michael Collins Centre

We are a family run interpretive centre, just off the main road(R600)between Clonakilty and Timoleague/Kinsale).We are also located on the Wild Atlantic Way. We are open from Mid June to Mid September. At the centre we give presentations interpreting the life and times of Michael Collins. We begin with an audio visual presentation showing all the places connected with Michael Collins in West Cork, we also have a second audio visual consisting of archive footage. The most unique part of the presentation is our live lecture which is conducted by an expert historian who gives an account of the 'Big Fella's' life from 1906 until his death. We also have a full scale replica of the Ambush site in Beal na mBlath. We also do private Michael Collins tours.

Reviewed By littleadventurers

We met Tim Crowley on a individual tour back in January so came back to see the collection he’s gathered over the years, it’s a great tour and we would recommend it to other Michael enthusiasts!! We have been to his Grave, the ambush site and really Tim has created an experience and his knowledge of Michael Collins is something to experience!!!

3. Irish Military War Museum & Family Park

Starinagh 01234 Ireland +353 41 981 9501 [email protected] http://www.irishmilitarywarmuseum.com/
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Irish Military War Museum & Family Park

The Irish Military War Museum and family park,offers a fascinating insight into Irish participants' involvement in both World War One and World War Two, as well as other military conflicts in world history. The Irish Military War Museum, covering 5,000 square feet of floor space, will represent a distinctly non-political but 'must see' educational and historical resource for people of all ages and from right across the island of Ireland and beyond.

Reviewed By aoifered

Wow!!Went here today and what an amazing experience. The museum is brilliant and a huge collection of memorabilia. Fergus who works there is very knowledgeable and spent alot of time with us showing us everything and telling us stories and facts. My son said this is the best museum he has been in,way better than the one in Dublin city and Bovington in the UK. He will be returning at some stage with his friends. Worth every cent. I would highly recommend a visit here.

4. Thomas MacDonagh Heritage Centre

Lower Main St, Cloughjordan Ireland +353 87 394 6862 [email protected] http://www.macdonaghheritage.ie/
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Thomas MacDonagh Heritage Centre

Thomas MacDonagh, Irish patriot, poet, teacher and a leader of Ireland's 1916 insurrection now has a museum and heritage centre in his home town of Cloughjordan. This centre is located in a renovated MacDonagh family home and brings to the public the story of this man and the place in which he grew up.

5. Medieval Mile Museum

2 St Marys Lane, Kilkenny Ireland +353 56 781 7022 [email protected] http://www.medievalmilemuseum.ie/
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Medieval Mile Museum

Located on the 13th century site of St Mary's cruciform church and graveyard. As the starting point of the 'Medieval Mile' trail, it brings to life Kilkenny's history as Ireland's premier medieval city. Displays of Kilkenny's civic treasures and replicas of some of the High Crosses of Ossory illustrate the local Gaelic monastic heritage and the ancient city's historic role in Ireland. There are a number of Guided tours throughout the day, or visitors can purchase an all-day self-guided tour pass. Audio Guides are available in 5 languages (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish). Child friendly versions are also available in each language. June 2018 saw the launch of the LEGO® mini figure Hunt, which sees 10 characters from Kilkenny's history hidden around the museum in the form of LEGO® mini figures! Kids are now introduced to the city's history through LEGO®.School tours, language schools and third level, please see our website for costings and booking information.Last entry 6.00

Reviewed By 946dylanr - New York City, United States

You must visit this museum while in Kilkenny. Our tour guide John was one of the best we’ve ever had in all our travels. Really enjoyed the 1 hour tour. The museum is an old church that they’ve done an absolutely wonderful job preserving and modernizing into an attraction that gives you a great appreciation for Kilkenny City and it’s long and incredible history.

6. Fethard Horse Country Experience

The Tholsel Main Street, Fethard E91 R652 Ireland +353 52 613 0439 [email protected] http://www.fhcexperience.ie
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Fethard Horse Country Experience

Explore the story of the horse and its role in Irish culture over 2000 years. Located in the heart of the Golden Vale, the Fethard Horse Country Experience offers visitors the opportunity to discover the rich culture and heritage of the region. Part of Ireland’s Ancient East, this interactive experience examines the relationship between the people, the land itself and the horse revealing how they are all inextricably linked. Spread out over two floors within C17th Tholsel building the interactive nature of the exhibition makes it an enjoyable and informative experience for all ages. The entire building is Wheelchair Accessible.

Reviewed By jimhU7999GF - Waterford, Ireland

I shall return as soon as I can. I found that it was well worth a visit. My thanks to the staff for their efforts.

7. Nano Nagle Place

Douglas Street, Cork T12 X70A Ireland +353 21 419 3580 [email protected] http://www.nanonagleplace.ie
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Nano Nagle Place

Nano Nagle Place is a restored walled convent with beautiful hidden gardens and graveyards, the fab Good Day Deli garden café and design & book shop in the centre of bustling Cork city. Our state of the art heritage centre tells the extraordinary story 18th century Cork and how Nano Nagle worked tirelessly to educate the poor of the city. History, heritage, culture, great food & coffee, stunning architecture & landscaping and a very warm welcome await! Come and explore all that's good in Cork!

Reviewed By L8627DKchristinet

Just had a delightful visit to Nano Nagle Place. Even though we had to queue for lunch it was so worth the wait. The menu was amazing and the food delicious. Coffee is top class. After lunch we had a guided tour through the fascinating museum and rooms that Nano used to frequent. The interactive slides and videos are very interesting and informative. The gardens hold lots of surprises including water features and beautiful spaces. A lovely, peaceful oasis in the middle of Cork City. Well worth a visit.

8. Hunt Museum

Rutland St. The Custom House, Limerick Ireland +353 61 312 833 [email protected] http://www.huntmuseum.com
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4.5 based on 687 reviews

Hunt Museum

The Hunt Museum preserves and exhibits the original artefacts gathered, over a life time, by John and Gertrude Hunt and known as the Hunt Collection. The Museum also displays its own collections, as well as visiting exhibitions of Local, National and International significance with the overall aim of maximising their cultural and educational potential for the people of Limerick and Ireland. During a visit to The Hunt Museum you can choose to explore the collection by yourself or take one of our regular guided tours. For group bookings, please contact to ensure that a guided tour can be organized. Subject to availability.

Reviewed By tingasiki - Windhoek, Namibia

We only had very little time to spend in Limerick and I am so glad we found this gem of a museum close to the hotel we stayed (the Absolute). The collection is marvellous and fascinating, and the building itself is worth a visit. There is a nice gift shop with a range of interesting books and a very nice coffee shops with wonderful cakes! Don't miss it!!

9. Cork City Gaol

Convent Avenue Sunday's Well, Cork T23 VX25 Ireland +353 21 430 5022 [email protected] http://corkcitygaol.com
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4.5 based on 1,784 reviews

Cork City Gaol

Corks Most Captivating Experience:A step back in time to see what 19th/early 20th century life was like-inside and outside prison walls. Historical experience brought to life with amazingly lifelike figures, furnished cells, sound effects & fascinating exhibitions. This exhibition fascinates visitors of all ages and nationalities and the tour is available in up to 13 languages.

Reviewed By 203sylvanah - Ireland, null

Brilliant activity to do, cool to see the history of the place, very interesting place to see. You are given headphones on this tour so you can take your time looking around pause and play again when ready.

10. Drum Heritage Centre

Curryroe Drum, Athlone Ireland +353 85 209 4555 [email protected] http://www.drumheritage.ie/home
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Drum Heritage Centre

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