We currently offer a tour of our Maria Edgeworth Centre Experience an interactive exhibition in our old schoolhouse and learn more about the Edgeworth Family and their influence and contribution to Ireland and Irelands education system while wandering through an 19th century schoolroom. You can pre-book via “Book Now” or visit us directly in our visitor centre in Edgeworthstown. The Maria Edgeworth Centre is part of the Edgeworth Heritage Literary Trail. In the Centre we provide you with a map and an Audio-Guide (€5) for this self-guided trail. You can just drop in and get the information without any bookings.
Using a combination of audio, imagery and interactive displays the Centre tells story of the Edgeworth family and the history of Early Education in Ireland. Audio and displays are in seven languages. Also on display is the poignant exhibition ‘Scenes from a Disembodied Past’ on the theme of emigration by artist Bernard Canavan.
For group bookings, please contact us via form below.
If you are a tour operator or a school and would like to include the Edgeworth Experience as part of a Day trip/Educational trip then please get in touch with us using the form below as we offer discounted rates for larger groups. A typical tour can last between 1.5 to 3 hours depending on the options you choose. This Experience would make a great educational trip for students in Ireland. Visit our Experience Pages for an overview of what is available.
Let’s stay safe together! In line with Irish government guidelines, our priority is to keep you safe while you have a relaxed and educational visit to the museum. Please note that, in line with government guidelines, all visitors must wear a face covering. Children under the age of 13 do not need to wear face masks.
Furthermore, we ask politely for your consideration.
What we are doing to keep you safe
Reduced visitor numbers We want you to feel like you have the
museum to yourself – our capacity has been greatly to give our
visitors as much space as possible.
Hand-sanitation Visitors are required to sanitise their hands at the
museum entry and exit, and at least once throughout their visit.
There are hand-sanitising stations throughout the museum, and staff
on hand to answer questions.
General safety measures We have implemented additional safety
measures in line with Government guidelines, including:
o Increased cleaning schedules to keep our physical
What we’ll ask you to do when you visit
Queue outside and inside the museum You may be required to
queue on arrival to avoid congestions inside the museum.
Give contact details on arrival To assist with contact tracing in the
event of an outbreak, we ask all visitors to provide their name, phone
number and email address on arrival.
Clean your hands on entry and exit Hand-sanitizer stations are
located on entry, exit and throughout the museum.
Wear a face covering In line with government guidelines, all visitors
must wear a face covering.
Keep your distance Please maintain a 2-metre distance from others
not in your group.
Avoid other groups If an area looks busy, visit an area that is a little
Be kind to our staff They are working to keep us all safe!
If you display symptoms of Covid 19 Contact a member of staff
immediately, and they will take you to a designated area where we
can arrange for you to leave the museum safely.
Maria Edgeworth returned to Longford this week end, and what a delight to meet her again.
This time she was at the Back Stage Theatre in an adaptation of Castle Rackrent by Johnny Hanrahan with a wonderful cast.
Many years ago, on the Aran Islands, I first read Castle Rackrent, and used one of nature’s wild flowers as a preserved book mark, which happens to be still in Sir Condy’s page. This time I saw the author’s humour anew, with subtleties missed back then, but now superbly highlighted with a great Cast. They enjoyed their role which we in turn enjoyed.
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Maria Edgeworth is not dead.
She came back to Edgeworthstown today to celebrate her 250th birthday.
She moved quietly along the west wall of the new chapel, noting on her way the full seats, attentive and anticipating. She seemed to approve of this new chapel, not there in her time, but now part of her manor home, and part too of the wider community.
She crossed to the writing desk, the old familiar oak, designed specifically by her prodigiously talented father, Richard Lovell.
John Langan was there. She spoke to him and started to reminisce, and listened to his reassuring common sense.
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