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Athenry Heritage Centre
St. Mary's,The Square, Athenry,
Co. Galway
T: +353 (0)91 844661
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Opening Times

Monday 10:30am-5:00pm

Tuesday 10:30am-5:00pm

Wednesday 10:30am-5:00pm

Thursday 10:30am-5:00pm

Friday 10:30am-5:00pm

Saturday 10:30am-5:00pm

Sunday 10:30am-3:00pm



General Admission
€5.00 Adult €4.50 Child
Medieval Experience
€8.00 Adult €6.50 Child
Family Ticket (2 + 2 ) €26.00

Group Tours Discounts
Senior/ Student Discounts
Discounts for OPW Heritage Cards

Walking Tours

Discover our award winning architectual walking tour.
Get the brochure, illustrated map and audio narrative for free here.Illustrated map of Athenry

Brochure download

Download and save our brouchure for 2012/2013 and read off-line.Brochure for athenry heritage centre 2012

Events at the Athenry Heritage Centre


Athenry Walled Towns Day 2017

Athenry Walled Towns Day 2017


Athenry’s Walled Towns Day 2017

20th August 1:00pm-5:00pm

Visit the medieval town of Athenry, this Sunday August 20th and experience a free family fun event that celebrates the rich history of the town with a programme which is inclusive for all ages to enjoy. 

The event commences at 1:00pm in Athenry Park and there will be a wide range of activities which includes battle re-enactments by the Full Contact Medieval Combat Team, birds of prey with Animal Magic, children’s craft workshops with the Loughrea Craft Club, displays of Anglo-Norman weaponry with Claiomh, Ancient Music present a range of musical instruments from the bronze age to the middle ages, fighting displays from the Irish School of Sword fighting and enjoy the thrill of tag archery with Archery Games Ireland. 

This year’s event will also celebrate Heritage Weeks theme of ‘It’s In Your Nature’ with a range of craft activities from beekeeping, foraging, glass bead making, straw craft workshops and  meet Colin Stanley from the Galway Butterfly Project  Discover a wide range of artisan food producers in the marquee of Athenry’s BIA Lover and meet the stilt walkers of Gliondar. 

The Athenry Heritage Centre will host archery with Dave Hodson, stone carving workshops with Cormac O’Reilly and for the young; the Carrot Puppet Theatre will present two shows in the heritage centre at 2:30pm and 3:30pm.  At 3:00pm, the Town Cafe will host a special event with the Galway Beekeepers Association presented by Professor Breandán Ó Cochláin and Noel Leahy. Each lecture will showcase the history of beekeeping and the use of honey in the middle ages to modern times.

The Athenry Community Hall is the place for the guest lecturers and this year Dr Jeff Dann will present a history of sport in Ireland from medieval to modern times, followed by Murray Lopdell-Lawrence’s presentation the  ‘Gift of Ancestors’ and Jimmy Laffey will conduct a workshop of the Downs Survey between 2:00pm-4:00pm. The event closes at 4:00pm with music by Irish harpist Una Ni Flannagain. 



Cruinniu na Casca


Cruinniú na Cásca is a day-long national celebration of culture and creativity which will take place around the country on Easter Monday.

Experience the Magic of Creativity!

Come to the Medieval Town of Athenry on Easter Monday for a free Creativity and Cultural Day embracing and celebrating all things cultural through the rich variety of Arts & Creativity Workshops, music, song and dance, locally produced film screenings and podcasts, storytelling, Irish Cómhra, and lots, lots more.

Participate in creative fun, have a go at archery, juggling, beating a drum, listen to the sound of samba, get involved in arts and crafts activities, see our traditional crafts people at work. 

This free event is taking place within our cultural and civic spaces; Athenry Heritage Centre and Athenry Castle and working in collaboration with the local community for the use of the Athenry 1916 Community Garden, Athenry Community Park, and Athenry Community Hall.

Organised by Galway County Council in co-operation with Athenry Community Council, Athenry Tidy Towns, Athenry Heritage Centre, Athenry Castle/OPW, Athenry Historical Network, and Galway & Athenry Film Clubs.

This free community event on culture, creativity and craic event runs from 1pm to 4pm on Easter Monday.

Criunniú na Cásca is an initiative of the Clár Éire Ildánach / Creative Ireland Programme 2017-2022


Easter Monday  

Culture Night 2016

Seamus Ruttledge Culture Night 2016

Christmas Winter Wonderland 2016


Christmas Winter Wonderland






Celebrate Christmas in the Athenry Winter Wonderland. 

December 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th 

Christmas Winter WonderlandEnjoy a magical time in the Athenry Heritage Centre’s Winter Wonderland, a place that sparkles with the joys of Christmas. Unwrap a world of treats and delights with festive fun activities for all the family to enjoy.

Let your children experience a range of craft activities which are suitable for all ages. Discover traditional Victorian crafts or make a festive royal treasure as a gift for your family and friends. Our popular baking activity returns with new things to make and plant your spring bulbs with our garden elf.

These are the many wonderful activities children can enjoy whilst waiting to meet Santa and Mrs. Clause. All  the boys and girls receive a gift from the man in red. 



The Athenry Heritage Centre has been transformed into a grotto like no other and families will be thrilled by this special Christmas attraction set within the atmospheric St. Mary's Church.  

Parents of young babies and toddlers can also enjoy their Santa experience with morning opening times just for you. New parents can enjoy their first Christmas in a world of toys and festive cheer plus a present from Santa too.

The centre opens from 10:30am to 12:30pm for its Babies and Toddlers Santa Experience and then from 12:30pm to 5:30pm for the over two's and everyone else who believes in the magic of Christmas.

No booking is required for this event however we always recommend arriving early for this popular Christmas attraction.

Admission to the centre's Christmas Winter Wonderland:

€15 per child and €3 per adult.

Babies & Toddlers €10 per child and €3 per adult.

Contact 091 844661 for details or group bookings.


Christmas Winter Wonderland