Activities at the Athenry Heritage Centre

Activities at the centre


If you are looking for things to do in Athenry you've come to the right place. Based in east Galway in the centre of athenry town the centre provides activities for families, school tours, touring groups, birthday parties, historical enthusiasts and just about anyone looking for fun and engaging way to spend a day exploring the rich cultural and historical heritage of this wonderfully preserved medieval walled town.


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Discover history the fun way with the Athenry Heritage Centre’s Medieval Experience. Enjoy a range of activities which is inclusive to children of all ages. The centre is the ideal place to learn about Athenry’s rich medieval history with interactive exhibits, archery, dressing up in medieval costume and your very own tour guide.

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A guided tour of the Athenry Heritage Centre is the ideal way to discover the best preserved medieval town in Ireland. Experience this history with your very own tour guide whose local knowledge of the history of the medieval town will highlight the influences of the Anglo-Normans on Irish life and its people.

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A school tour of the Athenry Heritage Centre provides all the elements for an educational and fun day out. Students can learn about Anglo-Norman history and their influences on Irish life. The 'Medieval Experience' includes dressing up in medieval costume, interactive exhibits, games in the maze and have a go archery.

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Test your skills with the Athenry Heritage Centre’s have-a-go archery activity and experience the oldest tradition in the world. This all-weather activity is supervised by trained archery instructors and all equipment is supplied. Visitors can discover this exciting sport with our 'Medieval Experience' ticket or try our exclusive archery lessons for individual or group visitors. 

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As a focal point for the medieval town of Athenry, the heritage centre is the ideal place for any senior tour group or Active Retirement Organisation to discover the rich history of the town. A tour of the centre is engaging and offers a unique insight to the Anglo-Norman influences during the middle-ages.

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The Athenry Heritage Centre provides a unique educational experience for students to learn and engage with Anglo-Norman history which is part of the national curriculum.

The activities of the centre allow students to experience medieval history using a range of learning tools which includes interactive exhibits, models of the medieval town, the market square and the torture dungeon. The tour guides of the centre provide a concise history of the Anglo-Normans in Ireland and their influence on the people and town of Athenry.

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The medieval town of Athenry is situated 17 kilometers east of Galway city and offers a range of activities for visitors discovering the region. 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.

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Athenry Heritage Centre.

St. Mary's,The Square,
Co. Galway,
Rep. of Ireland

Phone: 091 844661


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