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National Museum of Ireland - Country Life

Castlebar, Mayo Turlough Park, Castlebar F23 HR44, Ireland
+353 94 903 1775
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Sunday afternoon walk

Lovely spot well worth a visit great walks around as well as the tour great for families as well... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chris G
via mobile

Been here a few times now and we just love it. Very interesting museum with friendly staff and... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2017
Belfast, United Kingdom
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This award-winning Museum is home to the National Folklife Collection which represents traditional life in Ireland throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Fascinating artefacts deal with domestic life, agriculture, fishing and hunting, clothing and textiles, furniture and fittings, trades and crafts, transport, sports and leisure and religion. Set in the spectacular grounds of Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo the Museum treats visitors to a taste of how our ancestors lived their daily lives, in both difficult and joyful times. The excellent ‘hands-on’ public programmes which run throughout the year, consist of art and craft workshops, demonstrations and performances and runs alongside the exciting programme of temporary exhibitions which are ongoing throughout the year. Opening Times: The Museum opening hours are: Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm • Sunday 2pm-5pm • Closed Mondays (including Bank Holidays), Christmas Day and Good Friday. Admission to the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life is FREE. Shop & Café open.
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Castlebar, Mayo Turlough Park, Castlebar F23 HR44, Ireland
+353 94 903 1775
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely spot well worth a visit great walks around as well as the tour great for families as well as couples

Thank Chris G
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

Been here a few times now and we just love it. Very interesting museum with friendly staff and beautiful grounds for a walk especially up along the river. The restaurant food is really tasty and we recommend that you try it. Well worth visiting. Enjoy

Thank CRC55
Reviewed 4 November 2017

We didn't anticipate all that much in engaging the National Museum of County Life despite a number of positive advance reviews. Quickly and even prior to parking, we realized the site's scope and variety would prove the basis of a most worthwhile visit, one including...More

Thank preglad
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Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

What a beautiful spot, with lots to do. Very child friendly and informative. Lovely coffee shop- will come again!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

Always worth a visit. Been here for the 4th Time. Children will love it. One of the Highlights in County Mayo to get an impression about the hard life in the countryside.

Thank cduerst
Reviewed 19 October 2017

Excellent museum friendly staff - we were greeted by Raymond who went above and beyond to help us enjoy our visit. A lot of work has gone into making this the excellent museum that it is - do not leave Mayo without visiting it or...More

Thank AtticusN_Ireland
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

What a fabulous place to visit. Set in beautiful grounds, gardens and small lake. Cafe area serving a variety of meals. Parking including disability bays and helpful security staff that will allow you to drive close to the entrance. Elevator for wheelchair/mobility issues. Well set...More

Thank Tony L
Reviewed 13 October 2017

We chanced across this museum and it was the highlight of our entire trip. It is a modern, sleek building with beautifully done exhibits, lighting and pathways. It presents the Irish country's way of life in a manner that was so compelling, so easy to...More

Thank 184marthas
Reviewed 10 October 2017

I can't give this a good review, unfortunately. The entrance level has nothing but reception, a video playing, and an entrance to the lift. Well, if it's working, that is. On the day we went here, out of our way, particularly, to see this attraction,...More

Thank Diane E
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

As part of our genealogy journey in Ireland, we visited the museum of country life in Tourlough. The museum was not very crowded first thing on a Saturday and the staff was very friendly. The presentation of country life in Ireland was impressive and informative...More

Thank James M
NMIreland, Digital Marketing at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

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28 August 2017|
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Response from NMIreland I | Property representative |
Admission is free for all four sites of the National Museum of Ireland. Check out our website for more information.
Iain M
25 July 2017|
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Response from NMIreland I | Property representative |
Recommended time 2-3 hours
Mary Q
18 April 2017|
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Response from Deirdre B | Reviewed this property |
Yes they should enjoy it, if its a fine day bring a picnic, the grounds are lovely