About Us

Open: 30th April – 30th September Monday – Sunday (inclusive) 10.30am- 5.30 pm
We welcome groups throughout the year.


  • Adults: €3.50
  • Families: €10.00 (2 Adults, 2 Children)
  • Students: €3.00
  • Seniors/Concessions: €3.00
  • Children under 12 free

Valentia Island Heritage Centre is a village museum nestled within a charming 150-year-old schoolhouse. The museum, encapsulates in a unique and authentic way, the evolution through time of the many aspects of Valentia Island’s rich and fascinating history stretching over Millennia.

Exhibitions include the very early Tetrapod track way, geological, archaeological, social, cultural and historical exhibitions, a visit to the traditional old school room, a real treat for everyone.

Other exhibitions include all aspects of marine life, marine biologist Maud Delap, the RNLI, and Lighthouses. The Knight of Kerry resided on Valentia Island at Glanleam House and his influence in island life has its place too within the collection, along with displays on the Slate Quarry, Observatory, Radio Station to mention but a few.

Our largest exhibition is our Transatlantic Cable exhibition, Valentia being the site of the very first transatlantic cable uniting the ‘old world’ with the ‘new’ by submarine telegraph. Despite early failures, they persisted and in 1866 Brunel’s ‘Great Eastern’ (the largest ship in the world at the time) laid the first successful Atlantic Telegraph between Valentia and Heart’s Content in Newfoundland.

A visit to Valentia Island Heritage centre is a real treat, a cornucopia of island life and an excellent place to start your Valentia Island adventure.

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Out and About – The Wilderness · September 10, 2018 at 1:58 pm

[…] and natural heritage sites and initiatives like the Skelligs, Valentia Island Lighthouse, the Heritage Centre, International Dark Sky Reserve and the seeking of UNESCO heritage for the transatlantic cable are […]

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