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Maria Edgeworth Centre

Where the legacy of literary creation, benevolence, education and religious conviction come alive.

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The Maria Edgeworth Centre

Interactive history tour in Edgeworthstown: Housed in one of the oldest schools in Ireland, built in 1840, the Maria Edgeworth Centre is an inspiring interpretive centre that is home to original exhibits dating back to the 18th century. Immerse yourself in this interactive experience available in seven languages, uncover the rich history of Ireland’s early education system and the role played by the Edgeworth Family. Feedback from visitors has listed this as one of the best things to do in Edgeworthstown


Visit the new state of the art, Edgeworthstown community library built on the site of a former experimental school run by Maria Edgeworth’s brother Lovell in 1816. It is also the site of a previous school where Oliver Goldsmith received his early education. A €3 million project in the heart of the community. Maria Edgeworth was a passionate educator who believed in a practical and varied approach to learning. As a central hub for the local community and visitor alike the library aims to honour her commitment to learning for all. The Library houses an extensive Edgeworth archive drawn from various locations within the county.

Maria Edgeworth Literary & Historical Trail

Historical tours in Edgeworthstown: Discover one of Ireland’s best kept literary secrets in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. Join a local guide to learn about the life and works of novelist and educator Maria Edgeworth. Visit the charming grounds of her ancestral home and the 1840’s schoolhouse built under the patronage of the Edgeworth’s. Follow in the footsteps of historical figures, Sir Walter Scott, William Wordsworth, Oscar Wilde and many more. Take one of our Literary Tours of Edgeworthstown and uncover their connections with the town of Edgeworthstown.

Book a Tour

The Maria Edgeworth Centre and Literary & Historical Trail welcome visitors from around the world. Families, groups and school tours are all welcome and catered for. Children and adults of all ages can enjoy our interactive tours and fascinating displays. Book ahead to avoid disappointment.

If you are a tour operator, get in touch today to find out how our team can cater to your tour group needs.

We invite visitors to bring a picnic to enjoy in our adjoining park. Amenities include free parking and wheelchair accessible toilets. Wheelchair access is restricted at the Centre.

Literary Trail and Edgeworth Center

Visit Us

The Maria Edgeworth Centre and Literary & Historical Trail are located in Edgeworthtown, just a 15-minute drive from Longford town and 90 minutes from Dublin. We are located on the junction of the N4 and N55 with rail and bus links to the town.

All ages welcome. Entry is free for children under 10 years old who are accompanied by an adult.

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