Craggaunowen
Craggaunowen
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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 which have touched and shaped how we live today. **Please note this attraction is open APRIL TO SEPTEMBER ONLY**
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  • Rachael W
    Ennis, Ireland27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely day out
    We had a wonderful time visiting Cragganowen a few weeks ago when the viking show was on. It's great to see recreations of how our ancestors lived years ago! The castle is lovely to wander around and has a lovely view of the lake. The crannogs are very special and they've done a great job at making them feel homely. Would recommend for a nice day out!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 June 2023
  • Carl L
    Marietta, Georgia11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fun side trip
    Driving up from Killarney to the Cliffs of Moher we decided to come here, and we are glad we did. We were attracted to its focus on the Bronze Age. There were 3 different cast members on the site, and all were very engaging. My wife enjoyed discussing the process of making clothes with one of the reenactors. The site is a pleasant leisurely 2 hour walk, there is a gift shop with snacks at the beginning/end of your journey. Some items were not as well marked, and it could use a little upkeep but overall it was a nice change of pace from many of the historical recreations that generally show Ireland in the 18th century. Plenty of places for kids to run around and have fun.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 July 2023
  • OConnorGoldwingers
    Calgary, Canada86 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting for all ages
    We enjoyed our stop in Craggaunowen, which is a great re-creation of living in the Iron Ages. The castle and the story of the Hunt Family is interesting. The fellow who does the wood carving does amazing work. He manually peddles the wood lathe with his foot/leg, carving out beautiful bowls, cups, plates, etc., starting right from cutting down the tree himself to the finished product. Beautiful and very talented. The fellow in the ticket office/shop is very friendly and helpful.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 24 August 2023
  • JRiverWind
    Mohawk, Tennessee157 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stepping Back in Time
    If your looking for a leisure walk back in time, to how things might have been in the daily life of the original people of this island you don’t want to miss this place! The reenactors were very knowledgeable concerning Irish history and it really felt like going back and being taught Celtic history, Gaelic, and even ogham. It took less than two hours to visit and well worth the admission. Everything is laid out perfectly from start to finish and it is a fairly easy stroll between sites. The gift shop is stocked with unique Irish made products including mead that was once served to kings. If you are planning a day this is a great place to start and then head to the nearby castle about four miles away. Enjoy!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 September 2023
  • PaschG
    Galway, Ireland82 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful family day out
    Really enjoyable few hours with the family exploring the settlements and woodland walks. Great opportunity to explore the ancient past in an interactive and fun way. Highly recommended. Really affordable options for large families.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 May 2024
  • Sandie9440
    Suffolk, United Kingdom101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to see and learn
    An absolutely fabulous place to visit. Full of history and information we spent over two hours here. From the moment we arrived it was lovely. The lambs were tame and loved being stroked. The donkey was also inquisitive and came up to us. The castle and crannog have costumed personnel who have so much knowledge of the history of the place and their traditions. It was so worth every penny. A definate place to visit both for adults and families with children.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 June 2024
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Sandie9440
Suffolk, UK101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
An absolutely fabulous place to visit. Full of history and information we spent over two hours here. From the moment we arrived it was lovely. The lambs were tame and loved being stroked. The donkey was also inquisitive and came up to us. The castle and crannog have costumed personnel who have so much knowledge of the history of the place and their traditions. It was so worth every penny. A definate place to visit both for adults and families with children.
Written 6 June 2024
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PaschG
Galway, Ireland82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Really enjoyable few hours with the family exploring the settlements and woodland walks. Great opportunity to explore the ancient past in an interactive and fun way. Highly recommended. Really affordable options for large families.
Written 6 May 2024
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Charles V
Liston, Australia53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Ample parking, toilets, cafe and gift shop.
Interactive displays of Iron Age life. A castle and palisade village. Really well done
Written 20 April 2024
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Christine
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This is such a great stop. We stopped on a whim and so glad we did. The guides are very knowledgeable and the forest walk is like walking through a fairy tale.
Written 19 April 2024
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JRiverWind
Mohawk, TN157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
If your looking for a leisure walk back in time, to how things might have been in the daily life of the original people of this island you don’t want to miss this place!

The reenactors were very knowledgeable concerning Irish history and it really felt like going back and being taught Celtic history, Gaelic, and even ogham. It took less than two hours to visit and well worth the admission. Everything is laid out perfectly from start to finish and it is a fairly easy stroll between sites. The gift shop is stocked with unique Irish made products including mead that was once served to kings.

If you are planning a day this is a great place to start and then head to the nearby castle about four miles away. Enjoy!
Written 5 September 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

OConnorGoldwingers
Calgary, Canada86 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We enjoyed our stop in Craggaunowen, which is a great re-creation of living in the Iron Ages. The castle and the story of the Hunt Family is interesting. The fellow who does the wood carving does amazing work. He manually peddles the wood lathe with his foot/leg, carving out beautiful bowls, cups, plates, etc., starting right from cutting down the tree himself to the finished product. Beautiful and very talented.
The fellow in the ticket office/shop is very friendly and helpful.
Written 24 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Carl L
Marietta, GA11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Driving up from Killarney to the Cliffs of Moher we decided to come here, and we are glad we did.

We were attracted to its focus on the Bronze Age. There were 3 different cast members on the site, and all were very engaging. My wife enjoyed discussing the process of making clothes with one of the reenactors. The site is a pleasant leisurely 2 hour walk, there is a gift shop with snacks at the beginning/end of your journey.

Some items were not as well marked, and it could use a little upkeep but overall it was a nice change of pace from many of the historical recreations that generally show Ireland in the 18th century. Plenty of places for kids to run around and have fun.
Written 20 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Rachael W
Ennis, Ireland27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We had a wonderful time visiting Cragganowen a few weeks ago when the viking show was on. It's great to see recreations of how our ancestors lived years ago! The castle is lovely to wander around and has a lovely view of the lake. The crannogs are very special and they've done a great job at making them feel homely. Would recommend for a nice day out!
Written 18 June 2023
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n2history
Saint Louis, MO622 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
The Craggaunowen living past outdoor exhibition was a stop of opportunity for us as we drove from Doolin south to Tralee. It was recommended by Susan Daly as we left her B&B in Doolin and we are so glad we pulled in here! Although two or three school groups were present, we had plenty of room to visit each of the exhibits.

We encountered several craftspeople working throughout the grounds demonstrating wool-working, weaving, woodworking, and other crafts using materials and knowledge of the time. Walking into a reconstructed crannog, the cooking site, and the ringfort brought the realities of bronze age life to our present day selves.

Do not miss the opportunity to vist this amazing site. And be sure to visit the standing stone father along past the iron age road!
Written 14 June 2023
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Chuckles884
Stepaside, Ireland111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Lovely friendly welcome from the start, and compared to much around here good value for money. €28 for me, my 5yo and my parents.
Lovely little cafe with great home made scones and tea to start! Castle was great, just right amount of restoration, and the village and ring fort excellently done, with another friendly "chief of the village" in costume who chatted away with son!
Perfect day out for our 3 generations
Written 13 April 2023
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