Seven amazing historical sites and cultural attractions in North Mayo

Are you looking to immerse yourself in Irish culture, history, and heritage? North Mayo is full of rich historic wonders, big and small, waiting to be discovered. Check out these seven amazing historical sites and cultural attractions and learn of an enchanting and sometimes forgotten past.

The Jackie Clarke Collection


Trace Ireland’s history at The Jackie Clarke Collection: 

A collection of Irish material comprised of over 100,000 items that span 400 years, the Jackie Clarke Collection is the most important private collection of Irish historical material in public hands. The Collection will be hosting a variety of special events this year to commemorate the 1916 Rising so make sure you drop in.

The Jackie Clarke Collection, 
Pearse Street, 
Co. Mayo, 
F26 A368,

T: + 353 (0) 96 73508 

Moy abbey
Rosserk Friary Image © Gareth McCormack


Experience Ireland’s Religious Past:

 Take an afternoon to admire the beautifully preserved religious sites of North Mayo and avail of the fantastic photography opportunities. Witness one of the finest and best preserved of the Franciscan Friaries in Ireland, Rosserk. Follow the River Moy to its estuary and Moyne Abbey, which was founded in 1460 for the Franciscans.

For more information check out our 7 Wonders of North Mayo Map:

from above belleek
Belleek Woods, Ballina, Co. Mayo


Explore the enchanted Belleek Woods: 

Walk or cycle through the tranquil Belleek Woods which features some fantastic trails. There are many historical features from bygone days to unearth including a hermitage site, Knox-Gore Monument also known as “The Horse’s Grave”, the ominous concrete boat and an extraordinary wall built during the famine in Ireland.

Belleek Castle


Witness the wonders of Belleek Castle: Enjoy a sensational lunch or dinner in the award winning restaurant. Afterwards, take the fascinating tour and experience the Marshall Doran Collection, which will take you to down into the dungeons of the castle and showcase one of the finest collections of arms and armour, fossils and antiques in Ireland.

Tours are available 11am and 2pm but call ahead to arrange a special evening booking.

Tour Admission:

Adult: €10

Children: €7.50

Family ticket: €30

Belleek Castle

Belleek Woods, Ballina, Co. Mayo, F26 KV04, Ireland

T: +353 (0) 96 22400



Professor Caufield at the Belderrig Research Center
Belderrig Valley Experience


The Belderrig Valley Experience: 

Experience the excitement of discovery and of hands-on research in the most intensely researched thirty kilometres of the entire Wild Atlantic Way at the Belderrig Research and Study Centre.

In this day long archaeological experiences you will be introduced to the excitement of discovery in the outdoor ‘laboratory’ with guided walks, demonstrations and hands-on data collection which includes turf cutting and other activities. Indoors at the Research Centre laboratories examine your findings with cutting-edge scientific equipment.

Examine the ring patterns of the trees for knowledge of the age of the tree when it died, whether blown down, burnt or died of natural causes. Identify some of the billion grains of botanical information (pollen) contained in a sod of turf.

For more information and for bookings, contact Declan Caulfield on 087 2515292 or visit

The Foxford Woollen Mills


Weave an unforgettable experience at Foxford Woollen Mills: 

Take a short drive to the town of Foxford and the Foxford Woollen Mills.

Originally founded by an Irish Sister of Charity in 1892, the fledgling woollen and textiles business overcame many challenges down through the years in order to survive. Enjoy an interactive journey through a turbulent and fascinating history, finishing with a tour of the working mill where master craftspeople are at work on some of the world’s finest weaves using techniques and traditions passed down through generations to create contemporary blankets, garments and products that are sought after worldwide.

Foxford Woollen Mills

Providence Rd, Foxford, Co. Mayo, F26 H9E4, Ireland

For tour bookings contact: +353 94 9256104


The Lacken Gazebo


Explore a Hidden Gem: 

Take an evening to discover the curious landmark that is the “Lacken Gazebo”. The mysterious double arch of rough stone stands tall on the summit of Lacken Hill, at the rear of Castle Lacken. “It is likely that it was erected in the latter part of the eighteenth century possibly by the landlord of the place, either Sir Roger or Sir John Palmer, and may have “Masonic” connections.” (

For more amazing hidden gems make sure to check out which details 17 of North Mayo’s most enchanting locations.