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The Maria Edgeworth Visitor Centre
Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford
Family friendly
Free car parking
Rainy days
Set in Edgeworthstown, County Longford, The Maria Edgeworth Visitor Centre is rich in literary legends, inventive intellects, and enlightened educationalists. Explore the life and work of Maria Edgeworth and her family and discover where the story of Ireland's national school system began.

The Maria Edgeworth Visitor Centre in Edgeworthstown, County Longford, is in one of Ireland’s oldest national school buildings that opened in 1841.

The Maria Edgeworth Visitor Centre pays homage to the celebrated 18th century novelist Maria Edgeworth, a notable pioneer of literature, a feminist and social commentator of her time. She was considered a lioness by literary giants including, Wordsworth, Scott and Jane Austen. Using a combination of audio, visual and interactive displays in seven languages, you will learn about a progressive thinking family and how they played a major role in the establishment of the Irish national school system.

Visitors can enhance their experience by taking the Edgeworthstown Heritage & Literary Walk which is a guided walking tour through the town's past. Explore the area's connections with historical figures such as Oliver Goldsmith and Oscar Wilde.

Why we like it
  • Learn about Maria Edgeworth, an early feminist and pioneer in literature and education.
  • Explore interactive exhibitions in seven languages.
  • The centre is located in one of Ireland's oldest national school buildings.
Contact details
Ballymahon Rd, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford, N39 E3C8, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 1 to 2 hours here.

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