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Strokestown Park & National Famine Museum

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Strokestown Park Bawn Street | Vesnoy, Strokestown F42 H282, Ireland
+353 71 963 3013
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Brilliant displays which brought to life the hardships that people had suffered. Lots of... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lynn S
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St Albans, United Kingdom
Nice place if you have an hour or so to spare

There is a lot of nostalgia in this place. It brings to life the hardships of yesterday year and is... read more

Reviewed 17 December 2017
John F
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Dublin, Ireland
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Strokestown Park House is a time-capsule of the Ascendancy in decline juxtaposed with The National Famine Museum. A unique visitor attraction comprising a Georgian Palladian mansion which was once the home of the Anglo-Irish Pakenham-Mahon family, The Walled Pleasure gardens and the National Famine Museum. The National Famine Museum was established at Strokestown Park using original documents from the time which were unearthed during restoration works in the 1980's. The occupying landlord, Major Denis Mahon was assassinated at the height of The Great Irish Famine. A tour of The House gives an intimate insight into life in The Big House, upstairs and downstairs. The Irish National Famine Museum tells a different story and highlights the disparities between social classes during a tragic chapter of Irish History. The Walled gardens and Woodlands take you back again to the glorious surroundings of a planned Georgian estate. Under Irish Heritage Trust management since 2015.
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“woodland walk” (15 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:30 - 17:30
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Strokestown Park Bawn Street | Vesnoy, Strokestown F42 H282, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Brilliant displays which brought to life the hardships that people had suffered. Lots of interesting facts and displays and a very interesting day out.

Thank Lynn S
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Reviewed 17 December 2017

There is a lot of nostalgia in this place. It brings to life the hardships of yesterday year and is well worth a visit. It also has a coffee shop which serves simple but fresh food. Recommended.

Thank John F
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Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

Would really recommend a trip here - so many different aspects to the experience. There's the tour of the house, the famine museum and a woodland walk. The walled gardens are also beautiful. The cafe is fabulous with lovely food.

Thank Lisa W
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Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

We went to see the museum after a recommendation from our hotel landlady. I never really understood the great famine. My wife, who has Irish parents, had heard about but didn’t really understand it. The displays are carefully thought out and presented. You can follow...More

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Events S, Public Relations Manager at Strokestown Park & National Famine Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Thank you MandM for coming to Strokestown Park and the National Famine Museum. I'm very glad you found your visit so enlightening and worthwhile. Telling the story of an impoverished past is not always easy due to the lack of surviving personal artifacts. There is...More

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Reviewed 13 October 2017

They offer a combo ticket, I opted for the Famine Museum and House tour, (other option is the gardens). I really wanted to see the Famine Museum, and it certainly didn't disappoint. I spent about an hour and a half looking / listening / reading...More

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Events S, Public Relations Manager at Strokestown Park & National Famine Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

I am delighted you had such a wonderful experience here at Strokestown Park. We pride ourselves on providing an informative, engaging and authentic insight into life in 19th century Ireland for the upper and lower classes. Aidan was very pleased to hear his tour was...More

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Reviewed 12 October 2017

The famine museum is well done and can be very educational for those not familiar with the Irish Holocaust. It portrays the event in detail, although the cause is a little underplayed. The Strokestown House is magnificent, especially knowing that all the furnishings, decor, wallpaper,...More

Thank Keith C
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Reviewed 6 October 2017

See this museum at your own pace and hopefully there is not a tour group in the museum at the same time because voices echo and the space is tight. Wonderful, educational and a must see.

Thank Nancy F
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

This was, indeed, a learning experience and one highlight of our trip to Ireland. We visited one rainy day without any expectations, but soon discovered a fascinating story detailing the causes, experiences, and results of the mid-nineteenth century famine which most Americans have heard of...More

Thank Scott S
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Events Coordina... S, Public Relations Manager at Strokestown Park & National Famine Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thank you Scott for your recent visit and lovely, very fair review. We are indeed planning for an upgrade to our facilities at the moment which we anticipated will be completed in the next two-three years. As of 2015 Strokestown Park is under the care...More

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Reviewed 2 October 2017

We saw the House and the museum. The house is the former residence of the Pakenham the guy Andrew Jackson killed in the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. It is interesting as i have visited the Hermitage (Jackson's home) outside of...More

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Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

Irish Famine examined in great detail with very well presented displays and lots of detail, especially about the local landowning family, Mahon. Nice cafe. In pleasant park. Easy to spend half a day here. Not to be missed if in area.

Thank Tony B
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zorro766
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Response from Mary D | Reviewed this property |
You can purchase your tickets when you get there. Very informal, but informative.
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Response from lancstraveller2000 | Reviewed this property |
As far as I remember it was one price for everything. I was there nearly all day (didn't open until 10.00am) and certainly visited the house, gardens and museum. Nice cafe and small gift shop as well.
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