Round Tower Visitor Centre enhancements launched

by Rachel Cunningham
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Enhancements to Clondalkin’s  Round Tower Visitor Centre, Brú Chrónáin, were recently completed, writes Rachel Cunningham.

Through the Surprising Stories scheme, the centre’s new features place a strong focus on telling new stories about monastic life and the Round Towers of Ireland using a range of media including a free downloadable multi-lingual audio guide, interactive touchscreens, and printed interpretative panels.

A free audio guide takes visitors on a tour through time exploring 1,000 years of history, broken down into eight distinct exhibit rooms. The guide is available in five languages and there is also a children’s version available in both English and Irish, along with three interactive touchscreen points with games and quizzes. 

Speaking at the launch, Fiona Fitzgerald from Fáilte Ireland’s Dublin team, said: “Pre-Covid, 68 per cent of all overseas tourists visited attractions of historic or cultural interest therefore improved foreign language provision across attractions is a key selling point as we look to 2022. By bringing over 1,000 years of history to life, the Dublin Surprising Stories scheme will ensure Dublin’s historic and cultural attractions remain on the must-visit list for domestic and international visitors.”

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