Lough Gur is at the heart of a remarkable archaeological landscape featuring sites that represent every major period of human history in Ireland. Physical evidence of occupation from the Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Early Christian, Medieval, Early Modern and Modern eras has been found in the immediate vicinity.
It is home to Ireland's largest and oldest stone circle. At one point in time it was also home to the largest concentration of Giant Irish Deer in Europe. Lough Gur has breathtaking scenery along with a fairy trail and tree trail for younger and young at heart visitors.
The Heritage Centre at Lough Gur displays the rich heritage of Lough Gur through interactive multimedia exhibitions that brings to life over 6,000 of archaeology and history. Fully trained and qualified guides are also on hand to answer all of your questions.
The exhibition is suitable for all ages and brings the visitor on a journey through the history of Lough Gur starting during the Mesolithic Era, and progressing until the 19th century.
Visitors to the Centre have an opportunity to actively engage with the exhibition, and can play a role in forming their individual experience at the centre by choosing which interactive elements to investigate, either on their own or with their family and friends.
Please phone the Heritage Centre on +353 61 385186 for a quote. The minimum fee for this option is €50.00. Discounts and offers are available for groups of 5 or more.
Outdoor Tour Options:
For visitors who would like to visit the sites surrounding Lough Gur there is an option to book a full outdoor tour. The experience is tailor made to suit each group. The tour can range from 1 hour to 3 hours.
A sample itinerary follows:
10am -Tour starts at the Great Grange Stone Circle (Ireland’s largest stone circle)
10.30am - Visit to Teampall Nua and the Giants Grave
11.15am - Excursion to the Carraig Aille Stone Forts
12.00pm - Lake front tour taking in Bouchier’s Castle, Bolin Island, The Spectacles (early Christian field system) and hangman’s rock
1pm - The tour ends with a visit to the Lough Gur Heritage Centre exhibition
Please phone the Heritage Centre on 061 385186 for a quote. The minimum fee for this option is €50.00. Discounts and offers are available for groups of 5 or more.
Directions to the Heritage Centre & Lakefront
Leaving Limerick City by the Kilmallock Roundabout follow the R512 (Kilmallock Road) south out of Limerick City for 21km. Pass through Ballyneety and follow road for a further 8km’s.
Take the first left after Reardons Pub in Holycross and follow the road for 2kms keeping left along the way until you reach Lough Gur. The Heritage Centre is located near the car park by the lake front. The route is clearly sign posted.
GPS Co-ordinates: N 52 31.316’ W008 31.173’
Lough Gur, Co. Limerick
Winter Opening Times: 10am to 4pm from Monday to Friday and 12pm to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Summer Opening Times: 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 12pm to 6pm Saturday & Sunday