Kenmare was designated a Heritage Town by Failte Ireland. The town was designated under the theme a "Planned Estate Town". The Centre was offically opened in June 1994 by the then President of Ireland, Ms. Mary Robinson. There is ample parking outside the Centre.
The Centre covers various themes including Famous Visitors to Kenmare, The Nuns of Kenmare, Kenmares history and historical sites, Effects of the Famine on Kenmare and the Landlords of Kenmare. The Centre also has a Kenmare Lace Exhibition.
An integral part of the Experience of the Kenmare Story is to visit the Historical sites after visiting the Centre. The Heritage Trail map will show you at first hand some of the delights of Kenmare. All the sites are within walking distance from the Centre and the trail takes about 40 minutes to complete and must be pre booked.