West Cork Heritage Centre, Bandon

Housed in the former Christchurch on North Main Street Bandon, this unique and charming exhibition transports visitors through time to experience Bandon town as it was in time’s past.

Christchurch dates back to circa 1610 and is built on the site of a Danish Fort. It was one of the earliest Protestant churches in Ireland and was a church for 363 years. It was deconsecrated in 1973. Some Bandon church records are held at the West Cork Heritage Centre.

A portion of the old Bandon walls are part of the structure of the building. The church now hosts a series of exhibitions with the theme of Bandon’s history. Visitors can see replicas of an old shop, school, kitchen and forge. The current exhibition also includes the old town stocks and memorabilia from Bandon’s time as a garrison town.

School tours are welcome. Genealogical information from selected Bandon Church records is also available. Please contact us to arrange group visits/family history appointments in advance.
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  • This is an authentic exhibition, eclectic with sometimes donated items, housed in a deconsecrated church. There’s something to discover at every turn and the helpers are genuinely interested in...  more »
  • I've been to this place several times- it helps in understanding the Irish Famine. There is also a video about Lough Hyne illustrating the creatures that live in this unusual sea lough  more »

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