Ceide Fields

The Céide Fields, the largest Neolithic (Stone-Age) monument in the world, with field systems, dwelling areas and megalithic tombs almost 6,000 years old are located on the dramatic north Mayo coast. Covered in blanket bog, with its unique vegetation and wildlife, the area has been selectively and sensitively excavated since its discovery in the 1930′s by a local schoolteacher while cutting turf for fuel. It is the oldest known Stone Age field system in the world.

Visit the multi-award winning Visitor Centre, take a guided tour and discover a buried wall yourself using a centuries old method of probing. In the centre of the building is a magnificent 4,300 year old Scots Pine tree, excavated from the fields. A viewing platform gives dramatic views of nearby sea and land. Experience the unique ecology of the bogland and look down over the edge of a 110m high cliff from our viewing platform.

The Visitor Centre provides exhibits (Translations of exhibits in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch and Polish), film, & a tearoom and guided walking tours.

Guided tours from the centre, lasting about an hour, tell the fascinating story of not only the history and structure of the ancient field system and its inhabitants, but also the local ecology and how it has changed over the past 5,000-plus years.
Because the weather can vary widely and the terrain is uneven, visitors are advised to wear sturdy walking shoes, and have a raincoat just in case!

Opening Hours:
·        April, May & October: Daily, 10am to 5pm
·        June - Sept: Daily, 10am to 6pm

Admission charges:
Adult -  €4
Seniors - €3
Students - €2
Family - €10
***Free admission for all on the First Wednesday of every month***.

Address: Céide Fields Visitor Information Centre, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo
Telephone: (096) 43325
Email: ceidefields@opw.ie
Website: www.heritageireland.ie