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WWI Trench Experience

Officially opened on Monday, 4th August by  Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

World War 1 exhibition including Cavan's trench experience

WWI Trench Experience

World War One Trench Experience and Exhibition Gallery.

Cavan County Museum is now home to the largest outdoor replica trench open to the public in Ireland and the UK. The Trench is becoming a must-see attraction for visitors since it opened in August 2014 and includes sound and visual effects to enhance the experience and educate visitors on life in the trenches in World War One.  

The trench, built to the specifications and manuals of the Irish Guards and used by the Royal Irish Fusiliers at the Battle of the Somme 1916 is over 350m long and includes frontline, communication and support trenches. Over 6000 sand bags were used in its construction. 

Located at the back of the museum, the trench forms part of a wider WW1 exhibition at the Museum in Ballyjamesduff which is located just off the M3 Dublin – Cavan Motorway (1 hour and 20 minutes from Dublin).

Cavan County Museum is housed in a beautiful Georgian building and is a perfect stop-off point en route to Cavan. There are a number of galleries in the museum with a variety of exhibitions including a Clough Oughter Castle exhibition, GAA exhibition, Farnham Gallery and Folk Life gallery which is home to a re-creation of an old-style thatched house and kitchen. The museum is also home to two of the most famous pieces of Celtic and Pagan art in Ireland – the Killycluggan Stone and Ralaghan figure while the Boat Room houses a 25 foot long Lough Errill log boat which is over 1000 years old.

A children’s playground, garden and short ‘Nun’s Walk , shop and coach parking are all available and the museum tea rooms can accommodate large room. The museum is accessible and can accommodate wheelchair users.