Caherciveen's Heritage centre is housed in a former Royal Irish Constabulary (Police during British occupation) Barracks. The building was burned by anti-treaty forces in 1922 and has been restored.
This building seems quite out of place for Kerry and there is a story that the plans for it were mixed up with a barracks to be built in India.
The Barracks was designed and constructed during the period 1869-1871 and is arguably one of the most picturesque with its turreted structure nesting in the beautiful South Kerry landscape. With the careful restoration of this interesting building, services such as restaurant, craft workshops, audio-visual display, display of archaeological remains and a tourist information point are provided.
The centre houses exhibits on Daniel O'Connell, the Fenian uprising, and other local history.