Céide Fields

Céide Fields - © Colin Majury
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Adresse Location:
Ballycastle, (County Mayo)

Céide Fields is an archaeological site with Neolithic remains of great historical interest. The site is even considered by archaeologists to be the largest Neolithic site in the world. The site is now open to visitors and really deserves a visit!

History of Céide Fields

A Late but Monumental Discovery

It is only in the 1935s that Patrick Caulfield, an Irish man who came to exploit the peat, discovered the singular presence of stones buried under the thick layer of the peat bog. These stones are stacked and arranged in an unnatural way, and suppose to have been arranged by a human hand. Patrick Caulfield is called in and decides to tell his son, Seamus Caulfield.

The world is innocently withholding this information when it is only a child. A few years later, he became an archaeologist and began working on this hill in the 1970s. It was then that he made the most fantastic discovery of his career: the hill actually contains countless tombs, altars, walls and other carefully stored stone arrangements. After some studies, archaeologists and researchers found that the place was once inhabited by farmers.

Visit Céide Fields

A hill overgrown with peat… and megalithic buildings..

Céide Fields is a gigantic hill made up of peat bogs but also of vestiges dating from the Neolithic period. Among them are countless stone walls, circles, altars, and megalithic tombs dating back 5,000 years, which represent a real cultural and archaeological treasure in the eyes of the world.

Situated near Ballycastle, on the edge of breathtakingly beautiful cliffs, the site of Céide Fields is absolutely exceptional and will delight you with its wild setting, as well as the beauty of its ancient remains, true testimonies of past life.

The figures that characterize Céide Fields are quite impressive: during your visit, you will learn that the site consists of nearly 500,000 tons of stones, all arranged and structured in a precise logic, and thus form a place where the local population would have lived for a fairly long period of time in history.

The site, however fabulous it may be, was only discovered late. In the early 1930s, the site was seen as a simple hill surrounded and overgrown by peat, a natural organic substance frequently exploited by the Irish. There was no apparent evidence to suggest the fantastic legacy left by these Stone Age ancestors.

If you decide to visit Céide Field, you should know that a Visitor Center has recently been built. With a contemporary look, the Visitor Center is located on the edge of the cliffs, and offers you for 3.80 € per person, a fairly complete exhibition on life in the Stone Age, as well as a guided tour of the remains of Céide Field. For such a setting and such a rate, there is no reason to hesitate!

Céide Fields
Practical information

Address Address:
near Ballycastle

Coordonnées GPSGPS:
54.305012, -9.457116

Duration of the visit Duration of the visit:
45 minutes
PricesPrices :

3,80 €

Opening hoursOpening hours:

every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Céide Fields : the map

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