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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

Saturday 2nd December


Sunday 3rd December


Saturday 9th December


Sunday 10th December


Saturday 16th December


Sunday 17th December


Friday 22nd December


Saturday 23rd December




Baby & Toddler Admission


Child Admission


Adult Admission



Walking Tours

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

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Events at the Athenry Heritage Centre


Christmas Winter Wonderland 2013

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                                                                  Christmas Winter Wonderland

                                                       7th-8th, 14th-15th, 21st-22nd December 2013

                                                     Doors open 12:00pm Last admission 5:30pm


Christmas Winter Wonderland 2013

Experience the magic of Christmas in the award winning Athenry Heritage Centre with fun filled activities for all the boys and girls. Children will be thrilled with the craft activities and themed areas that sparkle with the Christmas spirit.

Take a stroll down Peppermint Lane and enjoy the scrumptious bakery activity. Meet Snow White in her magical garden cottage and make your very own herb basket. Then plant your spring bulbs and watch them grow!

Get creative with the fantastic Arts & Crafts activities and there’s face painting with our vey own Fairy Godmother.

Discover the toys in the Nutcracker Suite and meet Mrs. Claus by the enchanting Glass Slipper. Santa is waiting in his Nordic house with a gift for all the children.

Meet Santa and his Elves for a Christmas to remember in the ambient setting of St. Mary’s Church, the home of the Athenry Heritage Centre’s Winter Wonderland.

Admission to the centre is €15 per child, €10 under 3, €2 Adult

The Athenry Heritage Centre's Winter Wonderland is the ideal place to bring your children this Christmas. Enjoy the magic of this special time in the ambient settings of St. Mary's Church, Athenry. Use our Find Us page for directions.

Discover a world of festive cheer with Santa's Elves and let us bring you on a journey that can be enjoyed by the young and young at heart. 

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The centre does not take reserve bookings for this event due to the size of the building. We recommend that all visitors arrive as early as possible to avoid any queues on the day. 


Athenry The Legacy Images

On Saturday 8th June, Shem Caulfield presented a workshop to a group of photographers of all abilities which would demonstrate the art of taking good images and presenting them to the Public for an exhibition.

The workshop commenced at 10:00am with demonstrations by Shem and a talk about the ascetics of taking good photographs. The group were given two hours to take as many images of Athenry, however only two could make the final selection to be exhibited.

This event was organised by the Athenry Walled Town Committee, Athenry Heritage Centre & Galway County Council and was funded by The Heritage Council, Irish Walled Town Network & Galway County Council.

The 'The Legacy' exhibition will be held in the centre during Athenry's Walled Towns Day on Sunday 18th August. 


Christmas Winter Wonderland 2012


Santa & Mrs Clause in the Athenry Heritage CentreAthenry Heritage Centre

Christmas Winter Wonderland

22nd-23rd December

Opening Times 12:00-5:00pm

Last admission 4:15pm       

Admission €15 per child 

€2 per adult

The Snow Queen



Experience the magic of Christmas in the Athenry Heritage Centre with fun filled activities for all the boys and girls. The Centre’s Winter Wonderland commences on the 8th December and runs every weekend until the 23rd December 2012.

Discover a world that sparkles with Christmas cheer in the ambient surroundings of St. Mary's Church, Athenry. Children will be thrilled with the craft activities and themed areas that reflect the Christmas spirit. 

Enter into our Winter Wonderland and enjoy the scrumptious baking activity set amongst gingerbread men and decorations good enough to eat. Wonder through the woodland and plant bulbs for your spring garden and try our special Eco craft activities, which is suitable for all ages. A treat awaits with the Queen of Hearts in her Face Painting salon and if the excitement is too much for the younger visitor, the Tower of Silver is the place to be. So come and meet Santa and his Elves for a Christmas to remember.

Admission is 15 euro per child and 2 euro per Adult.

The Heritage Centre opens from 12 noon until 5:00pm. Last admission is 4:15pm. 

For details contact the Centre on 091 844661 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Further details can also be found on the Athenry Heritage Centre's Facebook page.

Come early to avoid the queues!

Watch our YouTube video and enjoy the best Winter Wonderland in the West!



Athenry Walled Towns Day 2012

Athenry Walled Towns Day 2012 with Battle Reenactments, children's craft and theatre shows, medieval arts and crafts and archery displays.

Athenry's Walled Towns Day Sunday 19th August 2012

Athenry celebrates National Walled Towns Day 2012 this Sunday 19th August 2012. The opening ceremony commences at 1:30pm in Athenry castle and will be launched by Cllr Peter Roche, Deputy Mayor of the County of Galway. This free family event has a programme to suit all ages and promotes the rich cultural history of Athenry, the best preserved medieval town in Ireland.

The programme includes Knights combat training for children, Dig IT!  with archeologist Dr Jim McKeon, medieval craft demonstrations by Montague Heritage Services and traditional longbow making with Dave Hodson. The highlight of the day is the spectacular Battle Re-Enactments by Eireann Edge. Their presentations also include weapons displays traditional crafts of Wattle making, Stone carving and the medieval forge.

The Athenry Heritage Centre will host the Dog & String theatre company with their production of The Wishing Tree, shows commence at 2:00 and 4:00pm and discover new skills with the Ard RI Archery Club’s Have-A-Go archery in the grounds of the centre. There are prizes to be won with Athenry’s Walled Towns Colouring Competition and Face painting too.

This year’s event has a unique fundraising event with the Athenry Tourism groups Friend or Foe at the Northgate. Pay the Toll to pass and get a free copy of the Sunday Times. The programme is coordinated by Alan Burgess, Manager of the Athenry Heritage Centre and is supported by Galway County Council. Event information is also available through the centre’s Facebook page.          

All events are free to the Public and free copies of the Weekend Times Edition are available to all visitors on the day.

The programme is subject to change.

Full programme details are available here


DL Brochure_Walled Towns Day 2012.pdf