Craggaunowen, The Living Past

County: Co. Clare
Tel: 061-360 788
Fax: 061-361 020

Craggaunowen-The Living Past Experience is Ireland's original award winning Pre-Historic Park. Situated on 50 acres of wooded grounds, the Park interprets Ireland's pre-historic and early Christian eras. It features a stunning recreation of some of the homesteads, animals and artefacts which existed in Ireland during those time periods. Visitors can, for example, see a replica of a Crannóg (Lake Dwelling), Ring Fort, an Iron Age Roadway, and an outdoor cooking site. A major feature is the 'Brendan Boat' built by Tim Severin who sailed from Ireland to Newfoundland, re-enacting the voyage of St. Brendan, reputed to have discovered America centuries before Columbus. Visit Craggaunowen Castle built in 1550 standing defiantly on a crag overlooking the lake. See rare animal breeds such as Soay sheep and wild boar - specimens of the pre-historic era.

Craggaunowen, The Living Past






General Information

Address: Kilmurry, near Quin, Co. Clare
Telephone; 061-360 788
Fax: 061-361 020
Location: Located off the R469 near Quin, Co. Clare
Season: Easter Weekend to end of August, Times are subject to change
Open Times: Open Daily: 10.00-17.00. (Last admission 16.00)
Tours: Self Guiding with a guiding service at peak times, Max No 40, Duration: 1 Hour, Language: English
Booking Contact: Central Reservations (061-360 788)
Manager: Aodhagan Behan
Average Visit Length: 1 hour 30 mins
Entrance Fees: Adult: €9
Child: €5.50
Family: €21.50 (2A + 2C)
Family: €24.50 (2A + 6C)
Restaurant: Tea Rooms (seats 24)
Picnic Area: Yes
Shop: Souvenirs, books and crafts
Information Guide: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish & Dutch
Coach Parking: Yes
Group Booking Necessary: Yes
Car Parking: Yes
Disabled Access/Parking: Yes
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GAA Schools

At Craggaunowen students learn how people in Ireland’s prehistoric and early Christian era lived, fought, farmed and hunted. Their dwelling and hunting methods are explained by the guides in character set in the time period (subject to availability). Worksheets based on the Primary and Junior cert curriculum are available online at

Conference & Incentive

Croke Park Conference facilities

Craggaunowen - The Living Past is the ideal venue for incentive activities, teambuilding events and corporate family days. The ‘Essence of Celtic Life’ is a unique incentive idea. Become a Celt for a day in the Celtic Dwellings at Craggaunowen. Join in the Brehon Law Council, experience the daily life of Celtic Ireland, eat meat/fish cooked on the spit, learn about the Gods, Mystical Druids and Legendary Warriors of a Culture steeped in Magic where Art, Music, Dance and Story-telling were an integral part of Celtic Society. Have fun with the Celtic people of Craggaunowen

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