Cavan County Museum Virginia Road, Ballyjamesduff, Co. Cavan

Cavan County Museum

Cavan County Museum is a magnificent 19th century building, beautifully situated amid extensive grounds. Exhibition galleries feature unique Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age and Medieval artefacts.

The Museum is also home to the World War 1 Trench Experience which is the largest outdoor replica trench open to the public in Ireland and the UK.

With over 6,000 sand bags used in its construction, the 350m long trench includes frontline, communication and support trenches and forms part of a wider WW1 exhibition at Cavan County Museum.

The Museum’s Trench Experience is based on the building methods used in 1914. The front wall of the trench, known as the parapet, is lined with sandbags and corrugated sheets at the bottom. A ledge, known as the firestep, is built into the lower part of the ditch and allows a soldier’s view over the top.

Exhibits include the 1,000 year old Lough Errill Dug-out boat, the three faced pre- Christian Corleck Head, and medieval Sheela-na-Gigs.

Galleries trace the story of the Gaelic Athletic Association in Cavan together with the County’s folklife and heritage along with The Great Famine and Farnham collections; engaging exhibitions of great interest and reflection.

Clogh Oughter Castle 1220 - 2020 A Witness to centuries of Irish History, is an exhibition and unique display of National and Local history. It includes a remarkable collection of finds from a 1987 archaeological excavation, carried out by The Office of Public Works as part of the conservation of the castle and on display for the first time.

Cavan County Museum Opening Times

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
  • Sunday 2pm to 5.30pm (July, August & September only)


  • Adults €5
  • Student/Senior Citizens €3
  • Family Ticket €12 (2 adults + 2 children)

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