About Us

The Carlingford Lough Heritage Trust was formed in 1990, it’s mission statement…

Carlingford Heritage CLG will work cooperatively to protect, conserve and promote Carlingford's heritage and that of the surrounding area for the benefit of present and future generations

Carlingford Heritage Centre is the flagship of the Trust. The aim of the Heritage Centre is to give the visitor an insight into Carlingford’s history and to encourage a deeper exploration of the narrow streets and antiquities of this charming place.

Carlingford Heritage CLG is a company limited by guarantee registered in Ireland under Part 18 of the Companies Act, 2014.
Its main objects are to promote, foster and encourage in every practical way the environmental, cultural, social and economic development of an area of benefit comprising the town of Carlingford, County Louth and the areas of Counties Louth and Down which have a shoreline with Carlingford Lough and to preserve the medieval built heritage of Carlingford.
As objects ancillary and incidental to the attainment of the Main Objects, the company shall have the following Subsidiary Objects:
i. to initiate the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic, architectural, archaeological, environmental  or public interest in the area of benefit;
ii. to educate the public in geography, history, natural history, culture and architecture of the area of benefit; and
iii. to promote high standards of planning and architecture in or affecting the area of benefit

Local guides will introduce you to King John’s Castle, The Mint, Taaffe’s Castle, The Tholsel, The Dominican Friary and much more.

Tours can be booked through the Carlingford Tourist Office
Phone: +353 (0)42 941 9692
Mobile: +353 (0)87 957 6989

View the history of Carlingford in the triptychs from the coming of the Vikings in 832 through the Norman period up to the present. These triptychs can be closed allowing the building to return to a place of assembly

Carlingford Lough Heritage Trust has produced a book and map which together provide an indispensable guide to this historic town and region. The latest publication is an Atlas of Carlingford produced in association with the Royal Irish Academy.

Irish Historical Towns Atlas No.23 Carlingford

Carlingford Town – An Antiquarian’s Guide Medieval Town Trail of Carlingford

Visit our Publications Section

The Trust’s publications are available to purchase at The Heritage Centre and at The Carlingford Tourist Office.

This extensive space can be used for any function suitable to the ambiance of the Heritage centre, such as :


Musical Evenings
Drama Productions
Weekend Workshops
Official Launches
Award Ceremonies

The centre is an ideal location for the above with projection, lighting and audio facilities available.

Our fully equipped kitchen is suitable for catering for buffet type food, hot & cold.

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