12. Explore the hidden histories of Neolithic Lough Gur
Lough Gur is one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites. You will be captivated by the beauty, charm and tranquillity of this ancient place.
The visitor centre tells the story of Pre-Celtic Ireland dating back to 3000 BC. The interpretation includes a slide show, imaginative exhibition models and interpretative panels.
Highlights of a visit include:
- Remains of a small farmstead which was built on this natural platform about 900 AD.
- Replicas of Stone Age Pottery and other artefacts depicting the life-styles of the first inhabitants of the area.
- Replica of the Bronze Age Lough Gur Shield now on exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland.
- Replicas of the Chalice and Paten of the Countess of Bath.
- Historical information on the geology, botany and social history of Lough Gur.
With its lake sheltered by limestone hills, this tranquil place of pre-historic mystery and story is notable for the variety of bird life as well as for the wealth of antiquities. The story of the Pre-Celtic settlers stretches back over 5,000 years and continues to the present day in the people who still farm and dwell in the valley. It is an archaeological site of outstanding significance. The visitor centre was built in 1980 and uses two of the excavated Stone Age houses as its floor plan: House sites A, rectangular, and house site C, circular. Its roofs are thatched and wattle hurdle fences surround the building.
The centre houses a number of display cases telling the story of the manufacture and use of flint and bronze material and their eventual deposition in the area as well as their recovery - whether as a result of scientific excavation or random finds.
There are replicas of Stone Age pottery as well as other artefacts depicting the lifestyles of the first inhabitants of Lough Gur.
Opening Times: Open Daily 10.30am - 5.00pm from May to August. Last Admission at 4.30pm.
Admission Prices: May - September 2009 Adult €5.00, Child €3.00, OAP/Student:€3.30, Family Ticket (2 Adults+2 Children): €14.00. Group Rates available on request.
Location: Take the N20 route from Limerick City heading towards Cork. Take a left at the Village of Croom and travel onto Bruff. Follow the directional signs to Lough Gur Heritage Centre. Latitude = 52.5044, Longitude = -8.5105
Distance in kilometres: Shannon Airport 45 | Limerick City 21
Address: Lough Gur, County Limerick
Phone: +353 61 360788
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