The idea of spending a few hours exploring an old mill and admiring its waterwheel will either fill you with excited anticipation or weary resignation. If you fall into the first camp, the Newmills Corn and Flax Mill won’t disappoint – it may even convert the less enthusiastic into fans of historic industrial infrastructure.Read More
Known as the ‘dead zoo’ to Dubliners this is an amazing collection of animals, insects and birds in a beautiful and historic museum building. Sadly it is closed at present for renovation, following the collapse of an old staircase, but it will reopen some time in 2009 – we’ll keep you posted.Read More
This museum is home to a remarkable collection of Irish and European art, ceramics, enamels and other artifacts almost all of which were personally collect by John and Gertrude Hunt.
There are more than 2000 items and almost every one is fascinating. It really is worth visiting Limerick just to see this remarkable collection.Read More
Trinity is one of the oldest universities in the world and probably one of the most beautiful, with imposing buildings around huge squares and leafy grounds right in the centre of Dublin.
Most people visit primarily to see the famous Book of Kells, just one of a wonderful collection of precious books in the Old Library.Read More
This fascinating centre tells the often tragic story of Irish emigration in a most vivid way and also commemorates the departure of the Titanic from Cove on its final voyage.
Not a traditional museum, it has reconstructions of what life was like in an emigrant ship and is located in the train stations which was the their last stop in Ireland.Read More
The collection here is the work of just one man, pub owner Sean Browne, whose enthusiasm for the history of rail travel in Ireland is immediately.
It’s an eclectic assembly of items, including timetables, tickets, station clocks, bells, lamps, posters and now a train in the bar. Yes, the train is inside the bar!Read More
The history of early Ireland is brought vividly to life here, through reconstructed buildings and re-enactments of the life and work of Irish people in the distant past.
Although there are no original historic structures here, the reconstructions are historically accurate and were made using the methods of the time, so they are a close as it gets.Read More
This is the main museum of the four branches that comprise Ireland’s National Museum and the primary repository for archaeological objects dating back as far as the Bronze age.
The museum is home to over two million artefacts, among them many treasures from the monasteries, including beautiful work in gold and precious stones.Read More
This is an important collection and a repository of the many and varied techniques of lace making in Ireland, their origins and history.
It owes its existence to the dedication and passion of one person, Rosemary Cathcart, who has single handedly assembled a wide ranging collection of more than 400 or related items.Read More
This fascinating museum tells the story of book and newspaper printing in Ireland with a collection of printing presses, woodblocks and old printed items.
Time it right and you may even have a chance to practice the art of typesetting the old fashioned way, and create a unique printed memento of your trip.Read More