Clew Bay Heritage Centre, Westport in Co. Mayo

Situated in a 19th Century building on the Quay, the Clew Bay Heritage Centre traces the history of Westport and the Clew Bay area from pre-Christian times to the present.

Artifacts, documents and photographs connected with the general Westport area provide a basis for the presentation of local history, customs and traditions.

Displays include Memorabilia on:

  • Ireland's struggle for Independence

  • World War II

  • The Railway

  • The Port of Westport

  • Miscellaneous artifacts from the Westport region

  • Croagh Patrick and the Churches of Westport

  • The Spanish Civil War

  • Grace O'Malley (Granuaile) and the O'Malley Clan

  • Model of Westport Town and Quay

  • A Selection of Coins

  • The Moore's of Moore Hall

  • Westport House and the Brownes

  • 1798 Rebellion in Westport

Displays on Mayo Authors:

  • George Moore

  • George A Birmingham

  • Elanor Fairburn

  • Michael Mullen


This service is backed up by an extensive computer database based on Church records, census returns local newspapers and street directories. You will find our genealogy service useful for researching your Westport roots.


Guided Walks of historic planned town of Westport are conducted twice weekly during July and August at 8.00pm starting at the Clock. Walks are also available during the year by appointment.


Westport Historical Society Journal, Cathair na Mart , Numbers 1 to 19


You can become a friend of the centre for an annual subscription of 20 for which you will be entitled to the following:

  • A complimentary copy of the annual journal of Westport Historical Society

  • 20 % discount on all other historical society publications

  • 5 % discount on family research undertaken by the centre

  • Free admission to the centre

  • The names of all friends are listed in the centre


April 1st to 30th Monday to Friday, from 10.00am to 3.00pm

May 1st to September 30th Monday to Friday, from 10.00am to 5.00pm

June 1st to August 30th Sunday, from 3.00pm to 5.00pm

October 1st to October 31st Monday to Friday, from 10.00am to 3.00pm


The Secretary

Clew Bay Heritage Centre

The Quay


County Mayo

Phone +353 (0)98 26852

Visit the  The Clew Bay Heritage Centre, located at the Harbour.