Strokestown Park is a historic Irish country house that has seen better days but now has a new owner and benefactor who is gradually making it wind and weather proof and gently and sympathetically restoring it. Within its outbuildings the Irish Famine Museum has been skillfully created. That alone is worth a visit and the house is a bonus. Even though half of the rooms of the museum were closed, the information presented was sufficient and moving.
But do not miss the timed, guided tour of the house with a very informative guide. The grand kitchen is in itself a historic artifact. It was mostly discovered hidden behind 20th century plasterboard walls when a "modern" kitchen was installed. The original with its high gallery - unique, it was said, in Ireland - is amazingly intact and wonderful to see and study.
The gardens are also interesting - even in the Irish rain.
The cafe/shop/ticket office is pleasant as are the cakes.
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