Craggaunowen is an award-winning pre-historic park - explore the homesteads, animals and artefacts of Ireland’s Celtic ancestors.

Travel back in time to the life of the hunter-gatherer in the Ring Fort. See how the Celts carried out their every-day activities as they cooked over open fires or in pits; ground corn for making bread or for porridge on hand-powered querns; or made pottery, wooden bowls, goblets and platters.

Explore Craggaunowen Castle, the 16th century restored Medieval Castle built in 1550, standing defiantly on a crag overlooking the lake. Enjoy magnificent views of the countryside and observe rare and interesting animal breeds such as wild boar and soay sheep; specimens of the pre-historic era.

Visit one of Ireland's earliest roadways or 'togher' dating to 148 BC. Exploring the Souterrain is fun - designed to store food but these were often a welcome escape route when under attack from the enemy ... a great place for hide and seek!

Highlights include:
  • The opportunity to immerse yourself in Celtic Ireland
  • The Crannog - an ancient ringfort
  • Demonstrations of Celtic life - cooking & pottery making
  • The Brendan Boat– a leather hulled boat built by Tim Severin who sailed across the mid-Atlantic.
  • The 16th century Craggaunowen Castle

Visitor Information

Open March 26 to mid-September, 2016
Daily 10:00 - 17:00

Contact Details

Craggaunowen - The Living Past
Kilmurray (near Quin), Co. Clare

T:+353 (0) 61 360 788

Closed: Mid-September to Easter Saturday

Last admission:  1 hour before closing

Approx Visit Duration: 90 minutes


Admission Prices 2015/2016

Adult: €9.00
Child (aged 6-16): €5.50
Child (aged 0-5): Free
Family (2 adults & 2 children): €21.50
Family (2 adults & up to 6 children): €24.50


Other Useful Information

Free leaflets available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Polish.

Irish tea room offering tea, coffee, homemade scones and wonderful porter cake.  

Gift shop selling souvenirs, books and craft items. 

Free car and coach parking on-site.

Partially wheelchair accessible but assistance would be required on rough paths and terrain and at exhibits. Accessible toilet available.


Map Location

The park is located off the R469 near Quin, Co. Clare, 16km (10 miles) from Bunratty. 

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