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“Small park but had interesting exhibits”
Review of Sligo Folk Park

Sligo Folk Park
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Owner description: Located in the small rural village of Riverstown in County Sligo. Sligo Folk Park offers an enjoyable trip down memory lane to see a little piece of our past. 2014 Sees much change at Sligo Folk Park, Over the winter months much work has been undertaken to improve the visitor experience, through improved indoor displays additional external displays and the development of more of the old out buildings on site. Sligo Folk Park houses a large array of items of historic and sentimental value, ranging from Horse Drawn Farm Machinery to Stationary Engines, From Box Brownie Cameras to Vintage Sewing Machines, Old Shop Fronts, filled with goods from yesteryear and of course Millview house preserved in the way it was when lived in. 2014 Also sees the Launch of The Beehive Cafe Restaurant at Sligo Folk Park, Owned and run by local couple John and Brid Graham, they strive to provide the very best in wholesome home cooking with daily delights such as apple and parsnip soup for starter, local venison stew for main and home made apple pie for sweet followed by one of the finest gourmet coffees in County Sligo. Change is afoot at Sligo Folk Park and we look forward to seeing you here soon. Group bookings are always welcome
Reviewed 2 September 2015

Decided to call here on a Sunday as we had picked up a brochure about it from our hotel and it looked interesting. Supposed to be open from 12 midday on Sundays but still not open at 12.15pm even though we managed to get into carpark. When it did open we were left to wander around at our leisure, no guided tour and some buildings were not open especially 'Irwin House' (they couldn't find the keys). This park has so much potential however it seems to have been neglected, a considerable number of the outdoor exhibits need care, attention and restoration before they rot away or rust away completely. The old farming machinery was particularly interesting however if you did not know what they were for there was no signage or name plates to tell you. As a 60 year old they did bring back a lot of happy memories to me and sadly I knew practically all the farm equipment like the horse ploughs, hay racking equip, potato digger, pulping machine, creamery cans, reapers etc etc but younger family members would not have a clue. The indoor street scene was good with lots of old shop window exhibits. There was also a childrens play area which looked nice but again on closer examination needed a bit of upkeep and repair work.
We decided to visit the cafe on site for a cuppa however it was closed, apparently does not open on Sundays however the owner of the cafe (which is leased out) and his family were there preparing food for a family party, they kindly invited us in and gave us coffee and scones which were very much appreciated. Generally this park has great potential but needs a lot of money spent on refurbishment and more focus needs to be directed to visitors

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Reviewed 24 August 2015

This charming not so small folk park is a little different as it has a real personal/community touch to it. The exhibition is put together thoughtfully and tells an interesting story of the wider area and rural life in Ireland in days gone by. Well worth a visit especially during their June Bank Holiday Vintage Day, which is an annual event

Thank Marcus H
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Reviewed 16 August 2015 via mobile

Visited here on Friday. Man at reception was very helpful and friendly. He couldn't have been nicer. The park itself was great to spend an hour or so wandering around exploring although I do think it could have been more looked after. The old street and houses were great and we all had a good time here. The only thing was the cafe. We just seemed to be there at the wrong time. A mix up with our order ( some of us were finished eating before more had even got there food.. There was only five of us so this shouldn't have been a problem) but the very friendly waitress and chef were straight over with an apology for the mix up and all were happy again. This was a great place to visit and the really helpful and friendly staff made our visit well worthwhile.

Thank Daithi6
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Reviewed 9 August 2015 via mobile

I visited this Irish museum and spent a couple of hours looking through the exhibits. The general manager was very welcoming to me and my two friends in my group. He was quite knowledgeable about the history and invited us to look around at our leisure. We enjoyed his prebriefing and the lovely, authentic exhibits. I would recommend this to anyone visiting Sligo

Thank Colleen O
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Reviewed 31 July 2015

There were no interactive features here and there was no map to show you where to go.
It only took 15 minutes to walk around it.
The entrance looks quite grand but as soon as we parked and looked around, we knew it wasn't going to be up to much.
I think it needs a map, a questionnaire for kids, and maybe arrows to show the way around.

Thank Louise S
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