Walk in the footsteps of history and discover the rich heritage of picturesque Lismore


You will be given an overview of our towns’ varied history, from the arrival of St. Carthage and his monks through the Viking and Norman invasions. We will give you information on how to best spend your time in our beautiful town to make the most of your visit. Your group will receive a brochure with a map highlighting the main tourist attractions and information on where to go for refreshments. To get the most of your time in Lismore talk to our guides.

 Monday – Friday. Duration: 10 minutes

€3. Booking is essential.


Walk in the footsteps of history in the company of an expert local guide as you discover the rich heritage of picturesque Lismore town.

Hear about the Blackwater Valley Special Area of Conservation and Lismore’s Celtic origins, the monastic foundation in 636AD that led to it becoming an immense center of learning in the 8th Century. From Viking invasions and Norman settlements, gain insights into the historic Lismore Castle and the famous people who resided there including Fred Astaire and John F. Kennedy. Then, marvel at the beauty of Carthage’s Cathedral that has remained a site of worship for over 1500 years.

2pm, Monday – Friday. 

Distance: 1km

€8.00 – Adult.
€6.00 – Seniors and Students.
Free – Children under 16.


Stroll along the favoured trail of Lady Louisa, the daughter of the 7th Duke of Devonshire.

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of nature and hear all about Lady Louisa, her family and their association with Lismore Castle. Enjoy the immense grandeur of Lismore Castle from the many vantage points along this river walk. Learn about the flora and fauna that thrive beside this mighty river.

11am, Monday

Distance: 3km Looped

€8.00 – Adult.
€6.00 – Seniors and Students.
Free – Children under 16.

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Let us take you on a journey through history.

While Lismore was laid out and developed by the Devonshires, its monastic beginnings and centuries of influence can still be felt and seen, this walk takes you to an ancient fording place where the Normans built their Motte and Bailey, the outline can still be seen today.

11am, Wednesday & Friday
Duration: 1.5 hours approx.

Distance: 5.5km Looped

€10.00 – Adult.
€8.00 – Seniors and Students.
Free – Children under 16.


The walk will take in a small section of St. Declan’s Way, this includes a short steep incline on the road into Declan’s path where you will get to see a magnificent view of the Blackwater Valley where we take a short break.

Walk in the footsteps of Saints and Scholars along St. Declan’s Pilgrim Path. Lismore was such a great university city of knowledge that it was the dying wish of many to be buried here. It is said that over 27 saints are buried around Lismore. Hear all about his birthplace and his tribe Na nDéise.

11am, Tuesday.
Duration: 2.5 hours approx.

Distance: 7km Looped. Slightly strenuous.

€15 per person

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Your guide will take you along this looped walk through a magical, wooded area where the folly affectionately known as “The Towers” reside.

All the while you will be given an account of the story of Arthur Kiely Usher, how the place came to be and the details hidden around the trail. From the trees lining the path to the history of the buildings themselves, you are sure to find something new and interesting along the way.

11am, Thursday. Duration: 1 hour approx.

Distance: 3km

€10.00 – Adult.
€8.00 – Seniors and Students.
Free – Children under 16.

Leave No Trace 

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What better way to explore Lismore than getting outdoors and exploring.  Join one of our many guided walks or take a marked walk to get to know the town of Lismore better.  Nothing beats the feeling of being outdoors and being one with nature.  Whether you are cycling, walking or just going for a picnic in one of our woodlands, exploring the delights of the towers walk, or taking a hike up the Knockmealdown Mountains – our area is waiting to be enjoyed!   We would like to take this opportunity to remind those visiting these great outdoors to practices the seven principles of Leave No Trace at all times and ensure to minimise your impact on our wonderful environment.  

To learn more about leave no trace please click Here



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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