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“Do the house tour and enjoy the walks through the parkland”

Strokestown Park & National Famine Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The tour of the house is not to be missed. It is a perfect time capsule with a fascinating story. After that, enjoy the wonderful walks and the walled garden. The museum and cafe are ok, but don't start there or you will run out of time.

Thank Jim D
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"walled garden"
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"potatoes"
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"gift shop"
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I chose just the museum ticket option due to limited time. There was simply too much reading to absorb and nothing I couldn't have found on the internet at home as it was more reading than any actual memorabilia to see. I also found the sounds from the videos playing on a loop at a nearby display too distracting when I was trying to read something.

On the plus side there is free parking, free wifi and free toilets (although they do not flush at all well).

1  Thank leanne m
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a gem of a place. It provides a great insight and is well worth a visit. We recommend this as a 'top of the list' place to visit to those who come and stay at our centre who are looking to learn more about Irish Heritage.

Thank OPALRetreatCentre
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Reviewed 31 May 2018

Visited Strokestown house on a very busy day with bus tours and school children viewing the house,museum and gardens.
Value for money.Cafe served fresh scones just out of the oven.
Garden was disappointing in I was expecting well kept borders and vegetable area.
Herbaceous borders need attention . Blue flowers the main color on my visit looked lovely.Weeds among the plants.
Lovely Beech walk in overarching beech,the star of the garden.
Vegetable area needs attention. Vegetable planted in area.
Staff helpful.

Thank 527annd
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Reviewed 30 May 2018

This is probable not the best place to bring kids, but anybody above the age of 15 should learn about this time in history and how the Irish people lived, died and over came this famine. Plus a tour of a 1740 mansion and gardens.

Thank Derick D
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