Craggaunowen - the Living Past Experience is an award-winning tourist site that looks to offer visitors an insight into Ireland’s pre-historic and early Christian past. Built on 50 acres of woodland, Craggaunowen features accurate recreations of the homesteads, animals and artefacts that existed in Ireland over a millennium ago.
Features include the Crannog (a common contemporary dwelling constructed to stand in the shallow waters of a lake), the Ring Fort (a contemporary fortified construction that acted as a site for small communities of people), a medieval castle (that stands on a crag overlooking the lake and was built in 1550) and the ‘Brendan Boat’. This final attraction was built by Tim Severin who traversed the Atlantic in 1976 to re-enact the supposed journey taken by St Brendan and early Christian monks. These Christian explorers are reputed to have discovered America centuries before Christopher Columbus (some time between 512-530AD).
As well as these keynote attractions, Craggaunowen is host to beautiful lake-side walks and has a selection of refreshments on offer in its farmhouse tea-room.