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The Lough Gur experience begins outdoors at Ireland’s largest and oldest stone circle. A local tour guide will invite you to explore ancient Ireland. Follow your guide to the prehistoric authentic sites in Lough Gur where the earliest settlers once worshiped and lived. The visit concludes with a lake front excursion and ending in the newly restored Lough Gur Heritage Centre which offers an engaging overview of Lough Gur’s global importance.
Children will be enthralled by the Lough Gur Fairy Trail and will also be amazed by the Tricky Tree trail that educates people of all ages. As one of the few places in Ireland that is home to every native Irish tree species, Lough Gur offers an opportunity to learn and explore the natural environment in an unspoiled tranquil setting that is fun for all the family.
- Visit to authentic prehistoric sites
- Local expertly trained tour guides
- Visit the newly refurbished lake front Heritage Centre
- Audio guides available in 4 languages
- Lough Gur Fairy trail & Tricky Tree Trail
- Coffee dock on site
- Area of extreme natural beauty
Open Year Round
April to October
Monday to Friday – 10:00 - 17:00. Saturday and Sunday – 12:00 - 18:00. Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 18:00.
November to March
Monday to Friday – 10:00 - 16:00. Saturday and Sunday – 12:00 - 16:00. Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 18:00.
Out of hours tours available on request.
Closed: December 24 and 25
Approx. visit duration: 60 minutes for the Heritage Centre exhibition tour and 2.5 hours for a full outdoor tour which includes a visit to the Lough Gur Heritage Centre. 2017
Lough Gur Exhibition Tours
Senior (aged 65+): €4.00
Student (with valid ID): €4.00
Child (aged 6-13): €3.00
Toddler (aged 0-5): Free
Family (2 adults & up to 3 children): €15.00
Ticket Prices - Lough Gur Full Outdoor Tours
The cost per person for a full outdoor tour is €17.00 per person. It is suitable for children over 8 years of age. The tour will be conducted according to the mobility level of each group or individual. Booking is essential for all outdoor tours.
Other Useful Information
Information leaflets available in English. Audio guides are in French, German, English and Spanish.
TOURS - WHAT TO WEAR
It is advised to wear weatherproof clothing and suitable footwear for walking when taking these tours.
DINING / REFRESHMENTS
Tea, coffee and light refreshments available on-site. For lunch, Reardons bar located 2km from Lough Gur lakefront and the Bakehouse in Bruff 4km from Lough Gur offer a full menu. Both venues have a 120 seat capacity.
Wonderful picnic facilities including multiple lakefront picnic tables.
Gift shop on-site selling books of special interest in terms of history, archaeology and the environment. Lough Gur souvenirs and keepsakes, postcards, bookmarks and pens.
Free car and coach parking on-site.
The Lough Gur Visitor Centre is wheelchair accessible. Accessible toilets. The full tour is not accessible to wheelchairs because of the nature of the terrain.
Group rates available (minimum 10 people). Pre-booking required.
Free Wi-Fi available.
ACCOLADES & AWARDS
- Trip Advisor 2016 Award
- Accredited Failte Ireland Visitor Information Point 2016
- Awarded Discover Primary Science & Maths Centre 2016
- Nominated iconic Ireland’s Ancient East site 2016
Lough Gur is located 21Km’s from Limerick City on the R512. Leaving Limerick City by the Kilmallock Roundabout follow the R512 (Kilmallock Road) south out of Limerick City for 21km. Pass through Ballyneety and continue to follow the road. Take the first left after Reardons Pub in Holycross, then keep left and follow the road to the lakefront in Lough Gur where you will find the Heritage Centre.
Lough Gur lake: N 52 31.316’ W008 31.173’Lough Gur Heritage Centre & Lakeshore Parklands Nearby Attractions