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Address: | Straide, Foxford 00000, Ireland
Phone Number:
+353 94 903 1942
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Michael Davitt Museum is dedicated to the life and achievements of...

The Michael Davitt Museum is dedicated to the life and achievements of Michael Davitt - father of the Land League, International Humanitarian, Author and Parliamentarian. The Museum is housed in a Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland award winning restored church in which Michael Davitt was baptised. The museum is adjacent to the 13th Century Straide Abbey which contains some of the finest medieval carvings in Ireland. The site also features an historic graveyard in which Davitt, and other notable figures are buried, and extensive landscaped grounds, in which to walk or picnic. Food & refreshments available nearby.

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One of the finest small museums in Ireland

Michael Davitt was a major figure in 19th Century Ireland and this small but brilliant museum does his legacy justice. The staff are wonderful and passionate and tell the story of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
West of Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Michael Davitt was a major figure in 19th Century Ireland and this small but brilliant museum does his legacy justice. The staff are wonderful and passionate and tell the story of this great man brilliantly. Absolutely worth a visit and entry is free. Combine it with the guided tour of the Abbey just immediately behind, which is also a real... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On a recent trip to Mayo with 'the woman' we decided to kill some time and soak up some local culture simultaneously. The decision to visit the Michael Davitt museum wad based primarily on the positive feedback and high esteem it seemed to be held on TripAdvisor (#4 on the list of top museums in Ireland as our guide was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here on in a rainy day trip to Mayo. So many schoolkids in Ireland were taught about this iconic man but this museum is dedicated to tell us his life story. There's an audiovisual show firstly. Then one of the volunteer guides John Reid brought us through all Michael Davitt memorabilia. He was very engaging and knowledgeable and interesting... More 

Thank deesouthgalway
Westport, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dropped in here one day while passing and had time to my hands. I'm embarrassed to admit that I had never visited this ' gem' even though I live within 50km from the site! The guide was most informative and hugely enthusiastic in the way he explained the history that is depicted in the museum. It's a wonderful and insightful... More 

Thank FlamboShambo
Drogheda, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An excellent museum, well worth stopping for a visit. Staff were very friendly and helpful, and gave an excellent tour of the museum and the ruined church next door. The museum was well laid out and had plenty of artefacts and photos which were great to see, as well as a short film about the life and work of Michael... More 

Thank CTee77
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wont say too much but this is a fantastic stop when touring Mayo. Excellent collection goes hand in hand with a great story and very knowledgeable staff who highlight the story of not only one of the greatest Mayo men to live but also one of the most influential Irish men in history. A must visit.

Thank Brian M
Foxford, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

The museum is well worth a visit. The staff couldn't be friendlier and better informed. There is a good video on the life of Michael Davitt and a lot of information about him and the Land League and their great contribution to improving the lives of people in Ireland. There are very moving photos of evictions of families from their... More 

Thank Maggie P
Ballyshannon, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

While enjoying a weekend break in County Mayo we decided to finally visit the Michael Davitt Museum in Straide County Mayo, as it transpired it was the best decision we made all weekend as we were blown away with the incredible collection of Artefacts, Letters and Books dealing with this incredible man's life, a true Irish Patriot and to think... More 

Thank Paddy3716
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Anyone interested in Irish history around the time of the Land League this place is a must visit. Paddy Flynn who guided us around was a wealth of knowledge. A bonus was a tour of the deserted abbey adjacent where he pointed out so much you could of missed.

Thank John C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

On way to Foxford Mill we stopped on whim to see. It is a small site but full of great information on the man and the experiences that people in that era faced and overcame. Would not go just for this as relatively small but adds to area visit so if nearby make sure to stop.

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