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Bog of Allen Nature Centre
T: +353 45 860133
E: bogs@ipcc.ie
W: www.ipcc.ie/discover-and-learn/bog-of-allen-nature-centre
A: Bog of Allen Nature Centre
Lullymore
Rathangan
Co. Kildare

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Admission fee applies.

Bog of Allen Nature Centre

The Bog of Allen Nature Centre is an international centre for peatland education, conservation and research run by the Irish Peatland Conservation Council.

Start your celebration of Irish bogs at this fantastic attraction, voted “one of the top 10 Eco Projects in Ireland” by the Lonely Planet in 2008. Here you can squeeze water out of bog moss, take a walk on a bouncy bog, look for wildlife and unearth the secrets of Irish bogs. The Bog of Allen Nature Centre celebrates the beauty of Irish boglands and their unique wildlife, describing the value of bogs in storing greenhouse gases and carbon, storing water, helping to control flooding, providing a refuge for plants and animals and providing spectacular places for recreation.

The turf fire was the main source of heating and cooking in 19th century Ireland. At the Bog of Allen Nature Centre you can explore the typical interior of a traditional Irish cottage. The furnishings were utilitarian and included a dresser to hold the delph and a settle bed placed next to the fire for extra warmth. There was no television and people entertained themselves with story telling, conversation and music.

Traditional Irish cottage at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre

Traditional Irish cottage at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bog butter, coins, the Great Irish Elk and an ancient dugout canoe are just some of the fascinating items that have been recovered in an excellent state of preservation from the Bog of Allen. You will see all of these at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre.

Bog of Allen Exhibition Centre

Bog of Allen Exhibition Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

Complete your indoor visit with a browse through the nature shop filled with environmentally friendly gifts  for family and friends. Continue your tour of the centre outdoors in the wildlife gardens and the live exhibition of insect eating plants.

The wildlife conservation gardens are situated on a one-acre site to the rear of the centre. Work began on the gardens in 2004 with the aim of providing a refuge for biodiversity. The gardens are entirely peat free with home made compost used to enrich the soil and wild flower beds created to benefit insects.

Bog of Allen Nature Centre Gardens
Bog of Allen Nature Centre Gardens