Clew Bay Heritage Centre

Visit The Clew Bay Heritage Centre, located at The Quay in a 19th century building, and travel back in time.

The centre traces the history of the planned town of Westport and the Clew Bay area from pre-Christian times to the present.

Using a scale model of Westport, a guide will take you on a tour of the town and the Clew Bay area, from Pre-Christian times to the present.

Hear the story of how the famous Pirate Queen, Granuaile (Grace O'Malley) got her name and how she divorced her second husband.

View the portrait of the beautiful Made Gonne MacBride and learn of her connection with Westport.

Try your skill in the ‘Guess What’ Competition.

Artefacts, documents and photographs connected with the general Westport area provide a basis for the presentation of local history, customs and traditions. Guided tours of the centre are available.
Genealogical Service

For the Westport and Clew Bay area (Achill Island to Louisburgh). The genealogical service is backed up by an extensive computer database, based on church records, schools registers, rent rolls, cemetery records, census returns, local newspapers and street directories.

Guided Walks
Guided walks of the historic planned town of Westport are conducted twice weekly in July and August at 8pm starting at the Clock, junction of Bridge Street and Shop Street.
Walks may also be arranged by appointment.

Opening Hours:
·        April, May & October: Mon - Fri 10am to 2pm
·        June - Sept: Mon - Fri 10am to 5pm
·        Sunday (Jul & Aug only) 3pm to 5pm

The Heritage Centre is run by Westport Historical Society.

Address: Clew Bay Heritage Centre, The Quay, Westport
Telephone: (098) 26852