The first major project which the Trust embarked on was the redevelopment of the town’s Coastguard Centre. At the time, there was no cultural or community centre in the town. Today, the Tramore Coastguard Cultural Centre is the Trust’s flagship project and testament to its success. Its thriving art galleries, cultural spaces and lively cafe are enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.

The heritage building, which boasts panoramic views, originally served as Tramore Coastguard station from 1874 to 1922. It was then home to Tramore Garda station from 1924 to 1988 and subsequently remained intact but unoccupied throughout the 90’s until a fire badly damaged the building in 2000. In 2002 the OPW commenced work to restore and preserve the property. Every effort was made to retain the architectural and historical integrity of the building and it was officially re-opened in 2004.

The aim of the Coastguard Cultural Centre is to develop art, culture and heritage for the community of Tramore and the surrounding areas. This multi purpose community facility is a hub of activity with regular exhibitions and events being held in its upstairs gallery. This space is also used for art classes, yoga, childrens activities, book launches and so much more. Downstairs the thriving cafe hosts another space for visiting artists as well as showcasing multiple local crafts. The gardens provide a beautiful setting to relax & enjoy the stunning panoramic view of Tramore Bay and beach.

 The Café offers a selection of teas and coffees, delicious cakes and snacks and savoury delights such as homemade soups and freshly prepared light lunches. Enjoy browsing the Art Gallery and Craft Shop or the latest exhibition.

The venue can also be hired for book launches, readings, musical recitals and plays. Over recent years the Coastguard Cultural Centre has held many exhibitions by local as well as national and international artists. For more details see here.