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Craggaunowen – Walk Through Ireland’s History: Kilmurry, Co Clare

Crannog at Cragaunowen, County Calre, Ireland

Crannog at Cragaunowen

Most tourist to Ireland will miss Craggaunowen, though many of the country’s most popular sites lie nearby. A perfect site to pair with the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Bunratty or King John’s Castle, a visit to Craggaunowen allows you to walk through Ireland’s history in a way that is both fun an educational.

Built on the land surrounding Craggaunowen Castle, many of the sites you will visit are reproductions meant to provide an insight into Ireland’s long and dramatic history. You can stroll beside the remains of an Iron Age road, explore the souterrain beneath a ring fort, and marvel at the Brendan Boat, a recreation of the boat used by Saint Brendan “The Navigator” when he discovered America. Information plaques help you understand what you are seeing and some spots have costumed guides who offer hands-on demonstrations of ancient Irish life.

Craggaunowen is a destination to make time for if you have an interest in Ireland’s history and lore.

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Written by Jody Halsted

Jody Halsted

Jody publishes the Ireland travel planning website, Ireland Family Vacations. Her travel philosophy is, “just because you have kids, doesn’t mean you have to stay home!” A frequent traveler to Ireland, Jody helps families plan travel budgets and itineraries that are fun for kids and adults. Jody’s Tips | Website

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