Welcome to the West Cork Heritage Centre


Due to the risk of COVID 19, West Cork Heritage Centre Bandon will close to visitors until further notice.

Visitors come to our centre singly and collectively from many countries and also community based persons. We will continue to operate for general enquries regarding Heritage and Genealogy matters contact :
Phone: 00353 (0)23 8844193 / 00353 (0)87 9756029

In the interests of our staff and our community we feel obligated to make this decision at this time.



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. Please contact us to arrange group visits in advance.





12 thoughts on “Welcome to the West Cork Heritage Centre

    1. Marven, so sorry we didn’t see this until now. The time it would take depends on how much you want to stop and read information and background histories. To really enjoy it you should allow an hour to an hour and a half. If you want to really look at everything in depth maybe allow a bit longer.

      1. Marven McCarthy

        We have a Genealogy/Heritage Tour going to Ireland in August this year and are spending 3 days in West Cork. We are interested in visiting the West Cork Heritage Centre. Could you send me a private e-mail address to make my request. Thanks, Marven – Maritime Travel Miramichi, NB, Canada

  1. Hello, I will be traveling to Ireland from the U.S. in September, and I have the names but not the address of relatives in Laragh, Bandon. A cousin visited them about ten years ago but did not record the address. She just inquired in town and was directed to their home. Is it possible to message you their names and my family relationship details privately to see if someone knows them and could contact them to see if they want to get in touch when I am in town? — Thank you, Julie Kane

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