Steam Museum

Steam Museum, Straffan: Address, Phone Number, Steam Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

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Aisling C
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Aug 2019 • Family
Visited the steam museum on a Sunday which is the only day they steam up the engines. Staff were so friendly and informative. The museum is housed in an old church which really adds to the charm. If you are in the area this place is definitely worth a visit,there are walled gardens and a lovely gift shop. The coffee shop is only open on bank holiday weekends so don't expect to eat here.
My sons are 7&9 they said the steam museum is amazing and they didn't expect it 10 out of 10!
Opening hours are 2pm-6pm thurs-sun we stopped on our way home from tayto park which was ideal. Charming place to visit.
Written 21 August 2019
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Ernie W
County Kildare, Ireland33 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Its a year since we've been there gone down hill big time 7.50 euro definitely not worth gardens needs lots of work only seen one seat to sit out in the garden coffee shop closed. the museum same old stuff for this price there should have a lot more facilities found it very boring they, have a cheek charging this price
Written 28 July 2019
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Sabrina
3 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
worth making the trip, little bit hard to find, but worth it, enjoyable place to visit and learn. pity we missed some of the engines actually running,
Written 7 July 2019
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Donal94
Dublin10 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
Just in the door from a lovely visit to the steam museum. Absolutely lovely place, I live nearby and have been meaning to go for years. Glad I did, I'll definitely be going back. Lovely helpful friendly staff too.
Written 16 June 2018
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Michael A
Exeter, UK203 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
First visitors of the season. Met by lovely member of staff who gave us run down of museum. History of museum fascinating. Everything going well till visited gardens. Dogs on the loose that frightened my wife. Couple of youngsters playing on tennis courts with dogs but no control. No idea who they were. If we had been with young children not sure what would have happened. Owing to this encounter cannot recommend.
Written 5 May 2018
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Dear Michael. My sincere apologies for your experience yesterday. The teenagers you encountered live here and should not have had our dogs in the garden! The dog is extremely protective of the children and is NEVER normally out when we are open. Unfortunately the children completely forgot that we opened for the first day of the season yesterday and this is why this happened. Once again I apologise for this incident which appears to have ruined your visit. Kind regards Katharine
Written 6 May 2018
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Malcolm R
Bristol, UK269 contributions
Jul 2017 • Solo
Truly a hidden gem - walled garden for the non-industrialists - but the jewel in the crown is the steam museum - ten huge steam machines - pumps, engines, laundry - all here and in full working condition - indeed, come on Sunday and you will see all the "monsters" in operation - really a great place for the whole family - and everyone is so friendly. Ask Tyrone how he got his name!
Written 9 August 2017
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Peppipig
Southampton, UK69 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
This is truly an amazing little museum tucked quietly away in Straffan, Co. Kildare. Search it out as it is an experience that will linger with you for a long time. Set in a Victorian gothic church building (moved there brick by brick by the owners, the Guinness family), the museum houses many beautiful scale models of steam locomotives. You are greeted in the first display room by a working scale model of the local railway stations which is fun to watch (including a Thomas the Tank engine travelling around the track) But the treasures are in the steam room where the very knowledgeable engineers take you through the history of these 200 year old (approx) magnificent steam driven engines - marine, industrial and train...even an early washing machine!....The glory of the steam era is brought to life by the informative demonstration given by Terry who really knows his stuff! You can linger and marvel as long as you want as the engineers are passionate about their subject and really enjoy people taking an interest. Orla on the ticket desk was also very knowledgeable, informative and so friendly, as were all the staff. Afterwards you can stroll into a magnificent walled garden and leisurely wander through beautiful scented blooms. This was a perfect recreation for the family. There is an entrance fee (7.50 euros) which was well-worth it (concessions for children, students and OAPs). Important to know - the museum only demonstrates the steam engines on weekends. Opening times 2-6pm May-September. There is a small well-stocked gift shop with themed gifts and children's toys. We will be back!
Written 23 August 2016
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IrishMJ
Naas, Ireland62 contributions
Sep 2015 • Friends
I've lived in Kildare all my life and never knew this place existed.

As part of Culture Night 2015, myself and a friend paid a visit. Wow, what a place. It's full of the most incredible steam machinery from bygone days. It also has many scale models of steam trains and a large model train displayed by staff who obviously love their job.

I'll certainly return when it opens again in the new year.
Written 21 September 2015
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Carol H
Bridgwater, UK76 contributions
Sep 2015 • Friends
This museum is well worth a detour to visit. I am not interested in steam engines but I do love gardens and the garden here, even in late summer is full of interest and a beautiful, tranquil place to sit or walk. The large room full of intricate models of engines is worth seeing and those of more mechanical minds will be fascinated by the static engines under steam, in the charge of an enthusiastic and knowledgeable driver. The large model railway layout will also interest children. There is a small shop. Sadly, the tea room was closed when we visited so I cannot review that.
Written 17 September 2015
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Thank you very much for your review - we are delighted you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to welcoming you here again. Perhaps next time you might be able to come on a Sunday when the Steaming Kettle Teahouse is open between 2 - 6pm serving delicious homemade cakes and the engines are under full steam!
Written 18 September 2015
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Patrick F
Battle, UK334 contributions
Jul 2015 • Friends
We were touring Ireland as part of a Classic Car Tour. On our way from Connemara to Dublin, a stop for lunch had been organised at the Straffan Steam Museum. Whilst lunch was just sandwiches, tea and cakes, which was very good, the highlight was a fascinating conducted tour of the museum. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us the history and purpose of each engine as he ran them up to speed. As an engineer myself I found it fascinating, but I was not alone, the whole of our party were duly impressed. As well as the working machines of which there were nearly a dozen as I recall, there was also a huge display of model steam engines.
Definitely a place worth a visit.
Written 14 September 2015
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