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Skibbereen Heritage Centre
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Skibbereen's Famine Story Exhibition gives a compelling insight into this important event in Irish history.

The Skibbereen Famine Story exhibition reveals the impact of this appalling national tragedy through the sites and stories of one of the worst affected areas in Ireland.

Skibbereen became synonymous with the Great Hunger as horrific reports from the town featured in the media of the time. The Skibbereen Famine Story exhibition uses these shocking accounts to follow the crisis as it developed. The 3 mass burial grounds in Skibbereen are among the many poignant Famine heritage sites that still exist in the town today.

The Skibbereen Famine Story uses these places, and the voices of the era, to tell stories of relief efforts, suffering, disease and death. Follow the Skibbereen Famine Story Walking Trail app to hear stories at sites in the town that have direct links to the Great Famine. Or follow the trail with a leaflet, both available on-site.

Highlights include:
  • Interactive story of the Great Irish Famine
  • Learn about government policies, local relief committees and the international response to the Famine
  • Discover the unique flora, fauna and ecology of Ireland’s first Marine Nature Reserve
  • Discover your West Cork heritage at the Genealogy Service
  • Walk Knockomagh Wood Nature Trail
  • See local sites related to the Famine with the Skibbereen Famine Story Walking Trail app

Visitor Information

Mid-March - May & October
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 18:00

June to September
Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 18:00

Winter opening for groups by appointment only

Contact Details

Skibbereen Heritage Centre
Upper Bridge Street, Skibbereen, Co. Cork

T: +353 (0) 28 409 00
W: www.skibbheritage.com

Closed: November to February

Last admission: 45 minutes before closing

Approx. visit duration: 60 to 80 minutes


Admission Prices 2020

Adult: €6.00
Senior (aged 65+): €4.50
Student (with valid ID): €4.50
Child (aged 2-13): €3.00
Child (under 2): Free
Family (2 adults & up to 4 children): €14.00


Other Useful Information

Free leaflet available in German, French, Italian and Spanish. Smartphone app available in English (fee applies).

Hot and cold drinks available. 

Gift shop selling souvenirs, books and gift items. 

Free car and coach parking on-site.

Fully accessible with accessible toilets. 

Group rates available (minimum 10 people). Pre-booking required.

Free Wi-Fi available.


  • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017


Map Location

Located just off the N71, in Skibbereen, West Cork. 80km from Cork city and Killarney

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