Visitor Information

25-10-13 Lough Gur Visitor Centre

Lough Gur Heritage Centre:

The Heritage Centre located by the lakefront in Lough Gur was fully refurbished and restored in 2013. The exhibition within provides an overview of one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites. It is the only area in the country where you can see visible evidence of every age since Neolithic times.

The Centre will provide visitors with information on the surrounding sites and attractions in the local area.

Opening times:

*The Heritage Centre will open from 10am to 8pm Monday to Friday and from 12pm to 8pm on Saturday and Sunday from July 23rd 2019 to August 18th 2019.

*March 1st to October 30th (July 23rd to August 18th extended opening hours as outlined above):

  • Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm
  • 12.00pm to 6.00pm on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Bank Holidays: 12pm to 6pm

October 31st to February 28th

  • Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm
  • 12.00pm to 4.00pm on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Bank Holidays: 12pm to 4pm

Heritage Centre will be closed 2nd & 3rd  December 2019 for Santa Event

Admission fee:

Tickets to the exhibition are priced as follows:

Child €3,adult €5, family €15, senior or student €4.

There is no fee to walk the grounds outside of the Heritage Centre. They are open all year round.

Car parking:

There is free car parking available by the lake front. There is also a coach car park that can be used by private cars in the off season. Please note that the grounds outside of the Heritage Centre are under the care of Limerick City and County Council.

Wheelchair access:

The Heritage Centre is fully wheelchair accessible. There is a ramp leading up to the building and a wheelchair lift in the building that leads from the reception area to the exhibition. A wheelchair exit is located to the rear of the premises. A wheelchair accessible bathroom is also available.

Travelling with children:

Lough Gur welcomes people of all ages. The grounds do have certain areas that can accommodate prams however please note that certain sections of the walking trails do have steeps steps and are not suitable for buggies. Changing facilities are available in the Heritage Centre.

The public bathrooms by the car park are maintained and operated by Limerick City and County Council. For any queries relating to these facilities please contact the council direct.

Fishing and water sports:

Fishing is not permitted on the lake. The use of motorised boats is also not permissible. Kayaking is on offer through the Kilfinane Outdoor Education centre. Booking at least one week in advance is advised.

What to wear:

It is advisable to wear sensible footwear and warm waterproof clothing if you intend on walking the grounds.

Places to stay:

Visitors to the area could choose to stay in the Old Bank Bruff, Deebert House Hotel Kilmallock or the Charleville Park Hotel. The Mustard Seed in Ballingarry is also an excellent choice for people in search of luxury and understated decadence. A local AirB&B option is available at the country estate of Kilballyowen House located just 7km from the Great Grange Stone Circle.

Places to eat:

Coffee, soft drinks and snacks are on sale in the Heritage Centre. For lunch and dinner menu options, Reardon’s Bar in Holycross (2km’s from the Heritage Centre) offer a tasty menu. Visitors in search of more formal dining arrangement could book with the Old Bakehouse in Bruff.

Visitor attractions in the area:

Lough Gur is located in the Ballyhoura region. There is a full list of activities and events listed on the Ballhoura Country website. The staff on duty in the Lough Gur Heritage Centre are also available to assist with directions and information.

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