Craggaunowen The Living Past

Craggaunowen The Living Past

Craggaunowen The Living Past Experience, is Ireland’s original, award winning Pre-historic Park. It invites you to come and explore the roots of the people, homesteads, animals and artefacts of Celtic ancestors of over 1,000 years ago – those who have touched and shaped how we live today.

Find out what life was like for people in the Bronze Age and how they adapted. Experience the resilience and fortitude of these early Bronze Age settlers as you explore the Crannog – an artificial island dwelling defended by a hidden pathway in the water. Marvel at how the Celts fed large numbers of hunters while on hunting missions deep in the forest. Understand how these skilled hunters adopted highly sophisticated cooking techniques involving a large pit, a length of rope and fresh meat.

This experience lets you travel back in time to the life of the hunter-gatherer in the Ring Fort, and see how the Celts carried out their every-day activities as they cooked over open fires or in pits, ground corn for making bread or porridge on hand-powered querns and made pottery, wooden bowls, goblets and platters.

The centre also asks you to think about who really discovered America – as you visit the Brendan Boat – a leather hulled boat built by Tim Severin who sailed across mid-Atlantic, re-enacting the voyage of St Brendan and the early Christian monks who are reputed to have discovered America centuries before Columbus!


  • Cater for Groups & Coaches
  • Complimentary Car Parking
  • Relaxing Tea Rooms


58.6 km from the Cliffs of Moher
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Craggaunowen The Living Past
Near Quin
Co. Clare

One of Ireland’s most famous sights, the Cliffs of Moher are entirely vertical and the cliff edge is abrupt. On a clear day the views are tremendous, with the Aran Islands etched on the waters of Galway Bay. From the cliff edge you can just hear the booming far below as the waves crash and gnaw at the soft shale and sandstone.

With a due-west exposure, sunset is the best time to visit.

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