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  4. Craggaunowen

Craggaunowen Day Visit

Product ID: 94803
Welcome to Craggaunowen – the Living Past Experience, Ireland’s original award winning Pre-historic Park. Come and explore the roots of the people, homesteads, animals and artifacts of our Celtic ancestors of over 1,000 years ago.
About this activity
Duration: 1 day
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Immerse yourself in what life was like in the Bronze Age
  • Explore the Crannog and Ringfort
  • See the Brendan Boat that Tim Severin used to cross the Atlantic
  • Observe rare animal breeds like the wild boar
Full description
Can you imagine what life was like for people in the Bronze Age? How did they adapt? At Craggaunowen you will experience the resilience and fortitude of these early Bronze Age settlers.

Explore the Crannog – an artificial island dwelling defended by a hidden pathway in the water.  Marvel at how the Celts fed large numbers of hunters while on hunting missions deep in the forest. These were skilled hunters who adopted highly sophisticated cooking techniques involving a large pit, a length of rope and of course fresh meat.

Travel back in time to the life of the hunter-gatherer in the Ring Fort. You will 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 porridge on hand-powered querns; or made pottery, wooden bowls, goblets and platters.

Do you know who really discovered America? Visit the Brendan Boat – a leather hulled boat built by Tim Severin who sailed across mid-Atlantic, re-enacting the voyage of St. Brendan and the early Christian monks reputed to have discovered America centuries before Columbus.  

Explore Craggaunowen Castle the 16th century restored Medieval Castle built in 1550 standing defiantly on a crag overlooking the lake and enjoy magnificient views of the countryside.  Observe rare and really interesting animal breeds such as the 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.

Enjoy the fresh air and lake walks in a most enjoyable rural setting. Savour the wonderful homemade fare in the charming farmhouse tea-room.
Includes
  • Day admission

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Meeting point

Craggaunowen admission desk.

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What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
A highlight of any visit to Ireland is the Living Past Experience. It is off the beaten track and will give you a real sense of stepping back in time. The many paths of Craggaunowen have something of interest to adults and children alike. Explore the grounds and you may even meet some Bronze Age animals, our wild boar and soay sheep!