Strokestown Park & National Famine Museum

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Strokestown Park & National Famine Museum

Strokestown Park & National Famine Museum
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10:30 - 17:30
Monday
10:30 - 17:30
Tuesday
10:30 - 17:30
Wednesday
10:30 - 17:30
Thursday
10:30 - 17:30
Friday
10:30 - 17:30
Saturday
10:30 - 17:30
Sunday
10:30 - 17:30
About
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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Denise K
Longford, Ireland7 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
The Christmas event this year was fantastic.thank you to all involved for giving us lasting memories !
Very friendly and engaging staff..highly recommended!!
Written 14 December 2021
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cormac
Dublin, Ireland45 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
Famine Way cycling or walking - we cycled from strokestown to the famine memorial in Dublin over 4 days - along the royal canal. Contact Dave at National Famine Way tours and he will arrange to drop off and pick up the bicycles where suits you along the 165km trail. It’s an hours cycle from Strokestown to the Shannon where you pick up the Royal Canal towpath and it’s really well surfaced all the way to Maynooth. Maynooth to the 12th Lock is more of an ordeal with hard core surfacing at best and a 5km detour around the DeepSink at Castlenock requiring a detour. So the recommended journey is from Maynooth to Strokestown which is a comfortable 3 day cycle and a 5 or 6 day walk !
Written 22 September 2021
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Simon T
Dublin, Ireland10 contributions
Jul 2021
We visited during Covid restrictions meaning that the indoor part was closed so we only got to see the garden. The garden was singularly uninteresting and showed little evidence of maintenance in stark contrast to Tullynally in Castlepollard which we visited a few days later. Suggest giving it a miss until the museum reopens.
Written 25 August 2021
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R G
Dublin, Ireland927 contributions
Jul 2020
A poignant reminder of Ireland's tragic pass , well worth a visit as a memory to the millions who starved or emigrated .
Written 24 June 2021
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Phyll110
Galway, Ireland63 contributions
Sep 2020
This museum is not worthy to have the title of National, it is simply not good enough. Poorly displayed , below standard graphics, videos were amateurish. I want to find something positive to say but I just can not. The idea portrayed of famine still being with us around the world, was good but they totally missed the opportunity to develop the point. It could and should be so much better. The whole place felt unloved.
I must point out that we were unable to see the house due to Covid restrictions, which was not their fault.
Written 6 September 2020
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michaelvanturnhout
Dublin, Ireland145 contributions
Aug 2020
It is a bit of the beaten tourist track. The house itself is a work in progress, it still needs a lot of work. The garden could do with a bit more maintenance. And the museum? If you like us have already read a lot about the famine there is not a lot of news. So not very good then? Well, if you are in the area, it is actually worth a visit. There are a lot of original features, esp. the kitchen. And the guide told you a very good story.
Written 25 August 2020
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aisling b
Portlaoise, Ireland6 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
We visited the famine museum and the house itself but we didn't do the gardens. We really enjoyed the tour of the house and our tour guide was really full of knowledge. Just a pity we couldn't do the upstairs of the house due to covid and social distancing. Famine museum was full of information..
Written 25 August 2020
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Maureen D
4 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
We visited the Café, all the cakes were in a fridge and could not be seen..we had to ask to see them one by one. The slices we got were so thin and most importantly the man serving us pick the cake up with his hands!! So the higiene was very poor, the service bad. BEST wait until they fully reopen.
Written 22 August 2020
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Mary P
Dungarvan, Ireland17 contributions
Aug 2020
My husband and I went to Strokestown Park, the entrance situated within the small pretty town of Strokestown. We love visiting gardens when we travel . The garden alone was €9.25, add the Famine Museum and it was €12,50 so we opted for garden and museum. The man selling the tickets at the ticket booth assured me there were lots of flowers. What a disappointment, really, what a disgrace! To charge the public this much money to see weed covered gravel paths, dead trees and shrubs left in place, minimal flowers being choked by huge weeds, a filthy overgrown small pond, lots of grass not mowed, I could go on. It is an embarrassment to me as an Irish person to see foreign tourists disgusted at the state of the place and appalled to have paid money so see this neglect. While there are signs up looking for volunteers locally to come once a week I think the owner of the property, taking Irish Heritage Trust grants, should definitely be giving the tourists better value for their money. Their brochure proclaims "The 6 acre walled gardens have been faithfully restored to their original splendour"embellished with lovely pictures of well tended paths, greenhouses and perennials. False advertising at its best!
The museum tour was interesting in that there were various letters and documents from the Big House on display but there were no interactive exhibits that would hold the attention of a child. An audio recording continuously played, ( without any accompanying visuals) and it was basically a loud distraction while trying to follow the complicated sequence of interactive screens . Altogether a frustrating and very disappointing visit to Strokestown Park. I should have read reviews before visiting !
Written 21 August 2020
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Vincent K
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Aug 2020 • Family
Café staff very rude. We were excited and happily visiting with the family. A middle aged waitress barked orders at us about where we should be standing. Twice. We left immediately. Manners cost nothing. Very dissapointed. Other Roscommon people and places on our trip were lovely. A beautiful part of the world.
Written 17 August 2020
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