Athenry Heritage Centre


Athenry Heritage Centre located in Galway brings life to medieval Athenry town with a host of heritage and historical events. Enjoy interactive exhibits of people, weapons, armour, medieval costumes and fun archery games.

The award winning heritage centre is a favourite with local and international visitors and is renowned as a key visitor attraction in Athenry. An ideal activity for families, the centre offers fun and interactive learning opportunities and also provides face painting and interactive exhibits like toy castles!

Athenry has a rich and varied history. Like many settlements in Ireland, the town was formed on a focal river crossing and became an important centre where 3 old Irish kingdoms converged. Due to this history, the name Athenry or Áth na Ríogh whic meant ‘Ford of the Kings’, became known.

Located in St. Mary’s Church, the Athenry Heritage Centre is wheelchair accessible and  activities are inclusive to all. The ‘Medieval Experience’ is a unique visitor attraction for Galway and families of all ages will enjoy the medieval costumes, archery and interactive exhibits.

Athenry Heritage Centre Visitor Experience

Visit the heritage centre and discover more about Athenry’s rich medieval history.
Dress up in medieval costume, test your skills with Have-A-Go-Archery, see the Market Street and visit the dungeon of horror! Our tours are both educational and fun for all ages!

Walking Tour of Athenry Medieval town

Athenry Heritage Town is situated 10 miles east of Galway and offers an ideal stopover for an afternoon or overnight visit. Experience a walking tour of Ireland’s best-preserved Medieval Town in which domestic or overseas visitors can discover the truly unique historical features of this lively town.

Birthday Party Experience

Athenry Heritage Centre

Let your son or daughter experience a birthday to remember at the Athenry Arts & Heritage Centre. A unique service for parents looking for something different which is both fun and educational. The centre offers a safe and secure environment where children can enjoy activities and parents can relax and have fun too!

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Have a go Archery

Test your skills with the heritage centre’s Have-A-Go archery activity and experience the oldest tradition in the world, which is fully supervised by trained archery instructors.

Visitors can discover this exciting sport with our ‘Medieval Experience’ ticket or try our exclusive archery lessons for individual or group visitors.

This activity is inclusive for all ages and abilities

Schools Tours at Athenry Heritage Centre

A school tour of the Athenry Heritage Centre provides all the elements for an educational and fun day out. Children can learn using the centre models, story-boards and interactive exhibits, while enjoying medieval punishments in the market square “stocks”. The school tour comes alive with medieval costumes for all the students and the centre provides supervised Have-A-Go archery lessons for budding Robin Hoods!

The students can also visit the dungeon of horror to experience the dark side of medieval life. Discover the wooden maze and enjoy a picnic in the centre’s garden. Admission is €9:00 per student for all the activities listed on this page.

Athenry Heritage Centre

St Mary’s
The Square
Co Galway

Ph: 091 844 661
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