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Reviewed 28 September 2019

We stopped off at rural Raphoe in Co Donegal Ireland to visit the 'hidden gem' of Oakfield Park, home of Sir Gerry and Lady Robinson. Oakfield Park was built in 1739 as a Deanery for Raphoe Cathedral so it has a long history. When the Robinsons bought the property in 1998 they set about restoring it and altering the lower boggy fields and meadows into a fantastic children and adult's playpark. It was transformed into a sort of 'magic kingdom', populated by strange architectural features including a castle folly, a giant teapot, a wooden helter skelter structure, sculptured wooden knights and a large maze. Indeed you never know quite what you are going to stumble across round each corner.There are acres of woods divided by forest trails, quaint little bridges and lakes and streams with waterfalls. You can either walk these trails or jump on the superb Earl of Oakfield narrow gauge trainride, ( 4.2 kms), disguised as Thomas the Tank. We did both! ( The kids will love this! )
Did I mention the children's playpark, the Buffet snack bar, the wonderful scenery, the beautifully manicured gardens, the spotless toilets, the helpful young band of estate workers and the speciality days when there are Teddy Bear Picnics or the Harry Potter themed days/weekends?
It will be difficult to drag the children away from all this lower park fun but adults/grandparents, do not forget to cross the road to walk round and view the lakeside Nymphaeum, manicured formal garden/walled/kitchen gardens, and the collection of exclusive trees that surround and lead up to Sir Gerry & Lady Robinson restored country mansion.This upper area is not to be missed by spending all your time on the lower gardens! lol NB To see all quite a bit of walking will be required.
We strongly advise visiting Oakfield Park! We will have to return because there was so much more to see! Be prepared to spend a full day here.
The gardens are open to the public from May to August.There are over 100 acres of breathtaking vistas and walks with sculptures, wildlife and nature to enjoy.
We had no children or teddies but that didn't stop us having a fun day. Come and see it for yourselves! We were very impressed by the cheerful helpful staff and how much care and attention had been taken to ensure we had a good time. I was so impressed that I made 3 videos for my Youtube Channel ( Punch in Tom McClean into Youtube ), detailing our day of exploration.
Entry prices are less than we pay in N.Ireland to gain entry into our National Trust properties. We thought we git more than good value!!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Tom M
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dwjf123, Manager at Oakfield Park, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2019

Thank you so much for the extremely detailed review, Tom.
We are delighted you got to see so much on one visit as you are correct in saying it takes a day to get around it all. We really appreciate the detail that you provided and the time you spent. Will go watch your video now!
Thanks again
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Reviewed 18 September 2019

We had a lovely evening here with our children. With the wee stalls, restaurant and the santa elves Arts and Crafts before boarding the train out to Santa’s cabin. I’ve booked again for this year and made sure to book when it was dark for a more atmospheric experience travelling through the grounds and to see all their Christmas light displays properly. The staff outside of the Santa cabin are fantastic they danced and played with the children, my children still talk about them. Santa himself could have been a bit more friendly but the children didn’t really notice that much. The whole experience was well worth a trip out and definitely the best Santa experience in Donegal.

Date of experience: December 2018
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dwjf123, Manager at Oakfield Park, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2019

Thanks for the review, Roisin.
Dark bookings are definitely the most popular here at Christmas and we look forward to having you again in a cult of months!

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Reviewed 15 September 2019

Amazing place hope to be there at halloween with my daughter n couple of her friends, they love the trainx

Date of experience: December 2018
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dwjf123, Manager at Oakfield Park, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2019

Thank you for the 5 star review, Paddy!
Halloween is one of our favourite events here in the park. Not long to go now!

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Reviewed 8 August 2019 via mobile

My partner and I chose a showery day in August to visit Oakfield Park but found plenty of little places to shelter from the rain.
The sculptures dotted around the grounds add to the beauty of the gardens.
Although we had visited a few years ago it was lovely to see new areas of interest - including the tearoom/cafeteria which is very well themed.
The staff we met were really friendly and we spent a lovely few hours exploring the upper and lower gardens.
We shall definitely return.

Date of experience: August 2019
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dwjf123, Manager at Oakfield Park, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2019

Hi Valerie
Thank you for your lovely, and detailed review.
We are delighted you enjoyed your visit and look forward to having you again.

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Reviewed 3 August 2019

This place is absolutely stunning. The grounds are beautiful and so well kept. My son enjoyed the little train and the park area. Unfortunately we had poor service in the cafe and ended up having to leave earlier than planned to get food elsewhere. I hope they iron out these issues in future as its such a shame.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Emma40s
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dwjf123, Manager at Oakfield Park, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2019

Thank you for your review, Emma
Ok delighted that you enjoyed your visit and really appreciate the description of the park and how well it is maintained.
I’m disappointed that you weren’t 100% satisfied in the cafe and apologise for that. Most people are glowing about it. I hope you will return again and give it a try and trust you will enjoy it.

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