The abbey was built on the foundations of an earlier Norman castle, and the foundations of its corner towers can still be seen.
Quin village is home to a heritage site, Craggaunowen. This site tells how the Celts arrived and lived in Ireland. It includes replicas of dwellings, crannogs and ring forts, and the ancient castle is also an attraction.
A major feature is the Brendan Boat built by Tim Severin who sailed from Ireland to Greenland, re-enacting the voyage of St. Brendan, reputed to have discovered America centuries before Columbus.
Quin is rapidly developing into a tourist hub. It is very popular with fishermen who wish to fish all year round on the River Rine (often erroneously spelt ‘Rhine’). Quin also has developed a popular equestrian industry with several stud farms around the village.
There is also a rich array of historical gems that attracts many visitors.
In recent years Knappogue Castle in Quin has underwent restoration and is opened for viewing between April and October. You can sample medieval banquets in the main part of the castle between May and October.