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Lismore Heritage Town
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Discover 'The Lismore Experience', a 30-minute introduction to Lismore Town, and learn the secrets of the town's formidable past.

Situated within the old Courthouse Building in the heart of Lismore town, Lismore Heritage Centre was opened in 1992 to share insights into Lismore’s formidable history and heritage. Boasting a picturesque location at the foot of the Knockmealdown Mountains, Lismore is famous for the magnificent Lismore Castle (dating back to 1185) that was once the home of Lord Charles Arthur Francis Cavendish and his wife, the famous Broadway performer, Adele Astaire. 

Boasting a breath-taking location overlooking the River Blackwater, the castle has welcomed many illustrious guests. Through a suite of experiences that include guided walking tours, and all new Virtual Reality, Lismore Castle Experience, Lismore Heritage Centre brings to life this town’s colourful history right back from a turbulent period of Viking invasions, through to more contemporary aristocratic and celebrity associations, to the reality of daily life in Lismore today. 

The Robert Boyle escape room is a fun filled and exciting escape room game! Born in Lismore castle in 1627 Boyle is famous for his invention of the vacuum pump and for Boyle’s law. The game is set in Boyles study and features images and documents of his groundbreaking additions to science and his predictions for the future of scientific discovery. Don your cape and wig and immerse yourself in Boyles study as you search for hidden clues, keys and codes to ultimately unlock the key to his secret alchemy box! Teams have 60 minutes or less to work together and save Boyles alchemy box from his enemy Vincenzo Falcone

The Lismore Experience is the award winning audio visual display, narrated by Niall Toibin (in English, French, German and Italian) who, in the guise of a monk, takes you on an entertaining journey through Monastic, Viking, Norman, and Medieval Lismore to the present day.

See inside the Castle using Virtual Reality:

New for 2020, visitors are invited to glimpse beyond the walls and peek behind the curtain of this private residence.  Using modern technology the visitor can now see the rooms inside this iconic building and take in the drone footage views along the Blackwater River. You will feel like you are flying high above the river and castle without leaving their seat. 

Stroll through the recently refurbished exhibition galleries of the Museum and come face to face with the historic figures that shaped Lismore Town through the ages.

Adults taking a town walking tour or enjoying the Lismore Experience audio-visual show can be accompanied by children at no extra cost.  Also available is the Family Fun Pack which includes a history and nature trail that encompasses all of Lismore to keep curious little minds entertained.

Lady Louisa’s Walk is primarily a woodland walk along the riverbank where you can expect to find woodland plants such as beech, ash, ferns, spindle tree, holly and ivy as well as wood sorrel, golden saxifrage and wild garlic.

Don’t miss the Ballysaggartmore Towers - imposing gothic style gate lodges built in 1850 by Arthur Kiely Usher for his wife; and the Lismore Retail Experience offering a wide range of gift items including fantastic items by brands like Stephen Pearce Pottery and Avoca.

Highlights include:
  • The award-winning audio-visual Lismore Experience taking you through the history of Lismore
  • The Boyle Room, where you can learn about the ‘Father of Modern Chemistry’, and uncover alchemy and witch craft
  • Come face to face with the historic figures that shaped Lismore Town at the Museum
  • Kids will love the Family Fun Pack with history and nature trail
  • Woodland walks, where you can marvel in the flora and fauna
  • Virtual Reality Experience at Lismore Castle
  • The Lismore Retail Experience 

Visitor Information

Heritage Centre Open Year Round

Monday - Friday 9:00 - 17:30
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

January - March closed Saturday & Sunday





Contact Details

Lismore Heritage Centre, 
The Courthouse, Lismore, Co. Waterford

T: +353 (0) 58 549 75
W: www.discoverlismore.com

Approx. visit duration: 45 to 90 to see the Lismore Heritage Centre plus extra time to explore the Heritage Town.


Other Useful Information

Lismore has numerous cafés and restaurants with a range of dining options.

Lismore Heritage Centre offers an exclusive range of crafts, souvenirs and gifts. There are several shopping options in Lismore town and surrounds.

Car and coach parking available throughout the town.


  • Ireland’s Tidiest Small Town 2005
  • Gold Award at the European Entente Florale Competition


Map Location

Lismore Heritage Centre is located in the heritage town of Lismore. As you arrive in Lismore, follow the green and white signposts, which will lead you to the Heritage Centre and the Tourist Information Office.

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