Learn about the Great Famine of the 1840s when over one million Irish people died and up to 1.5 more emigrated.

Skibbereen became infamous as one of the worst affected areas of the Great Famine, in all of Ireland. The true enormity of this national tragedy is revealed in microcosm through Skibbereen’s Famine stories. Rediscover this era through exhibits, dramatisations and interactive stations.

Take a ‘virtual tour’ of Famine sites in the town and hear the stories associated with them.

Follow with a visit to Abbeystrowry Famine burial pits (one of 3 mass Famine graves in Skibbereen) where up to 10,000 victims are buried.

Genealogy Service for the area by appointment.

Gift shop, teas/coffees and a great welcome!

  • Skibbereen’s Famine stories
  • Take a ‘virtual tour’ of Famine sites in the town
  • Visit Abbeystrowry Famine burial pits
  • Genealogy service available
Open Year Round

Opening Times:

Open Monday to Saturday, May to September.

Open Tuesday to Saturday for the rest of year.


Admission Rates Apply

See website

Useful Information

Check out the range of facilities, services, accessibility, and other useful information.

REFRESHMENTS: Tea and coffee available

SHOPPING: Gift shopping available

ACCESSIBILITY: Wheelchair accessible

PARKING: Adjacent car park, free parking for cars and coaches

Getting There

From Cork City: Take the N71 road through Bandon and Clonakilty approximately 80 km. From Killarney take the N71 via Kenmare and Bantry approximately 80 km

Map Location: 51.563422, -9.262856
Contact Skibbereen Heritage Centre

Skibbereen, West Cork, Ireland

Eircode: P81 WK06
T: +353 (0)28 40900
E: info@skibbheritage.com
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