See history come alive before your eyes



There’s no better place to learn about Lismore than our Heritage Centre, with experiences that will give you the full tour of our town. Our 360° experience are the only way to catch a glimpse inside this beautiful castle. It’s a private residence and the Cavendish family are often at home. We’ll tell you the story of the Book of Lismore and the Bishop’s Crozier that were hidden in the walls of the castle for almost two centuries.

Lismore Heritage Centre building
Lismore Castle and Town aerial photo



Founded by monks, visited by kings, attacked by Vikings and marched through by Normans and Cromwell, Lismore has an immensely colourful history you’re sure to want to linger over.  A center of monastic education for centuries, Lismore was established by St Carthage in 636 and his monastery flourished, with Irish High Kings learning from great saints and scholars.

Built by King John in 1185 to guard the river,  Lismore Castle was lived in by Sir Walter Raleigh, He then sold it to the Earl of Cork, whose family lost the castle twice, the second time through marriage to the Cavendish family, who, as the Dukes of Devonshire rebuilt it into the gothic marvel it is today.


Virtual Reality Experience, Guided Town Tours, Escape Room, Events Venue, Shop Bursting With Local Produce, STEM Education Workshops and more. Is there anything we don’t do?


Explore Lismore on a guided tour, free yourself from the Robert Boyle Escape Room, or virtually visit Lismore Castle with our Castle Experience. Our tours can be provided daily and our Castle Experience is hosted hourly. Come join us and see where you find yourself, whether inside Lismore Castle, or walking the roads of our beautiful town, learning of our colourful history.

Lismore Town Tour


We’re incredibly proud to work in the birth place of Robert Boyle, father of modern chemistry, and we want to share our passion for science with you! Lismore’s Mobile Scientists come to your school with 20 years of experience of delivering interactive, engaging workshops. We do primary and secondary workshops in astronomy, chemistry, forensics, engineering, and Antarctic exploration for Junior Infants and all the way up to the Senior Cycle.

Lismore Mobile Science


The Heritage Centre is not only home to the Robert Boyle Escape Room, the Lismore Castle VR experience, it also hosts a wide variety of community groups. As well as that, we are available to hire for wedding civil ceremonies, corporate events, photoshoots and product or book launches.

There’s always a community event on in Lismore Heritage Centre, with local groups using our beautiful space for Irish Dancing, Fóroige groups, weekend STEM camps, yoga, meditation and holiday events. Community groups use it as a base and it’s one of the main venues for the many festivals that take place in Lismore during the year.

Lismore Heritage Centre Hall Hire


Feel immersed in the history of the castle as characters from centuries before tell you their stories. Visit the beautiful halls, the chapel that was turned into a dining room, luxurious bedrooms and the ballroom where the Astaires danced all night. Our exclusive VR experience gives you a real taste of the lives lived here by generations of Earls and Dukes.

Lismore Castle Virtual Reality Experience
A fun and stimulating dip into history! A unique way to have an immersive experience of Lismore Castle. The staff are really lovely, welcoming and knowledgeable. We enjoyed it so much that we have returned since with our family. An extra bonus to a highly recommended experience!
JeanieR, August 2022

Enjoyed our visit very informative, a great I sight into the Castle. Had fun dressing up afterwards, staff were very accommodating as we were running a bit late for our slot. Would recommend for all ages.

brigid2bi, Co. Tipperary, August 2022

The 360 tour experience was a brilliant idea ,its brings one into Lismore Castle and very well done to Gearoid our initial guide. The costume room was such fun and would almost go back for that alone. We got a most friendly welcome from all the staff and they add greatly to the visit and we’re also most informative about Lismore Town.

Robin, Dublin, June 2022

Omg what a fantastic experience, we were met by the tour guide Sheena who was personable and knowledge in such a relaxed and warm atmosphere, the 360 tour was just so Wonderful and I felt we were taken back in time ,I would highly recommend this tour for everyone wow.

Hilda M, Co. Waterford, April 2022

Went to see audio Wednesday 2nd March. We thought it was incredible.  It started wt. plan view of castle and surrounding fields and river it then showed some rooms inside castle.  Absolutely loved it.  Worth a visit.  Outside viewing room was history of famous people.  Lismore experience.

Wander822106, Glanmire, Ireland, March 2022

Delivers what it promises. Good place to go for advice on touring,. The 360 degree virtual visit to Lismore Castle was most enjoyable. Clean toilets.

Dun01170, Dublin, Ireland, Aug 2021

Super VR Tour of Lismore Castle. This was so much fun for everyone including the child who couldn’t stay on his seat. It’s not long so children won’t get bored, but it’s very well done.

Susanh0815, Ireland, Jun 2021

We went to the Heritage Centre to view the new Lismore Castle Experience. What a way to see inside the Castle and the rooms!
I won’t spoil it by writing it here but IT is a MUST DO when you go to Lismore!!

Celia K, October 2019

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