A leisuely 45 min drive from Athlone and easy enough to find. A consession of 12 Euros charge to enter, 13.50 Euros otherwise, for adults. Don't recall for children. Very interesting info, displays and video in the Famine Museum followed by a 45 minute escorted tour of the house. This consisted of a main sitting room, grand hallway with a wonderful staircase, a couple of bedrooms, nursery, formal dining room and the play room and an amazing kitchen fully stocked with every gadetry imaginable from 'the day. A wealth of information was given to us by a very knowledgable member of staff....and with a friendly and chatty nature to boot :-) A couple of other rooms were in the middle of being refurbished but all the furnishings were set up elsewhere so it could still be on view.
Although the middle of winter the grounds were worth a look and would be quite splendid come the summer, especially around July/August when everything would be in bloom and lush green. We also noticed a woodland walk but too muddy right now. There's something for everyone here. Dress warmly, though, if visiting during the winter months as it's also cold indoors. There is an ample restaurant to warm up in and a shop selling a varied selection of goods.
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