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Strokestown Park & National Famine Museum

Strokestown Park Bawn Street | Vesnoy, Strokestown F42 H282, Ireland
+353 71 963 3013
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Great Easter Event for Kids!

It was a different kind of Easter Hunt that includes some questions and clues. Kids walk around... read more

Reviewed yesterday
learnernexplorer
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Excellent visit

As part of a school trip with 37 French teenagers we stopped and had a guided tour of the museum... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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.
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“house tour” (26 reviews)
“woodland walk” (15 reviews)
“the kitchen” (16 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Strokestown Park Bawn Street | Vesnoy, Strokestown F42 H282, Ireland
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+353 71 963 3013
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Reviewed yesterday

It was a different kind of Easter Hunt that includes some questions and clues. Kids walk around the park to solve the questions using the clues. At the end, they meet the easter chicken to get their well-deserved egg. After the activity, they had a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As part of a school trip with 37 French teenagers we stopped and had a guided tour of the museum and the house. The guides were very professional and captivated us. Full of anecdotes to get us to understand the period. Very moving and rich....More

Thank Fred M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Ireland has had many difficult periods during her long history. This period of the 1840s was particularly difficult because so many people suffered terribly before meeting an early death, and the country's population was decimated by the Famine. This museum tells this tragic story that...More

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Reviewed February 27, 2018

We went to see the house on one of the coldest days of the year. Aiden, our guide gave us a fantastic 1 h tour of this very authentic house. There was a fire in the main drawing room. Most rooms had a fire place...More

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Reviewed January 18, 2018

Brilliant displays which brought to life the hardships that people had suffered. Lots of interesting facts and displays and a very interesting day out.

Thank Lynn S
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Events S, Public Relations Manager at Strokestown Park & National Famine Museum, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2018

Hi Lynn, Thank you for supporting the Irish Heritage Trust. Your visit ensures the continued upkeep of this historic property. We are very pleased you enjoyed Strokestown Park and the National Famine Museum.

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Reviewed December 17, 2017

There is a lot of nostalgia in this place. It brings to life the hardships of yesterday year and is well worth a visit. It also has a coffee shop which serves simple but fresh food. Recommended.

Thank John F
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Events S, Public Relations Manager at Strokestown Park & National Famine Museum, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2018

Hi John, Thank you for supporting the Irish Heritage Trust. Your visit ensures the continued upkeep of this historic property. We are very pleased you enjoyed Strokestown Park and the National Famine Museum.

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Reviewed November 11, 2017 via mobile

Would really recommend a trip here - so many different aspects to the experience. There's the tour of the house, the famine museum and a woodland walk. The walled gardens are also beautiful. The cafe is fabulous with lovely food.

Thank Lisa W
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Events S, Public Relations Manager at Strokestown Park & National Famine Museum, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2018

Hi Lisa, Thank you for supporting the Irish Heritage Trust. Your visit ensures the continued upkeep of this historic property. We are very pleased you enjoyed Strokestown Park and the National Famine Museum.

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Reviewed November 6, 2017 via mobile

We went to see the museum after a recommendation from our hotel landlady. I never really understood the great famine. My wife, who has Irish parents, had heard about but didn’t really understand it. The displays are carefully thought out and presented. You can follow...More

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Events S, Public Relations Manager at Strokestown Park & National Famine Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2017

Thank you MandM for coming to Strokestown Park and the National Famine Museum. I'm very glad you found your visit so enlightening and worthwhile. Telling the story of an impoverished past is not always easy due to the lack of surviving personal artifacts. There is...More

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Reviewed October 13, 2017

They offer a combo ticket, I opted for the Famine Museum and House tour, (other option is the gardens). I really wanted to see the Famine Museum, and it certainly didn't disappoint. I spent about an hour and a half looking / listening / reading...More

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Events S, Public Relations Manager at Strokestown Park & National Famine Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 18, 2017

I am delighted you had such a wonderful experience here at Strokestown Park. We pride ourselves on providing an informative, engaging and authentic insight into life in 19th century Ireland for the upper and lower classes. Aidan was very pleased to hear his tour was...More

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Reviewed October 12, 2017

The famine museum is well done and can be very educational for those not familiar with the Irish Holocaust. It portrays the event in detail, although the cause is a little underplayed. The Strokestown House is magnificent, especially knowing that all the furnishings, decor, wallpaper,...More

Thank Keith C
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zorro766
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Response from Mary D | Reviewed this property |
You can purchase your tickets when you get there. Very informal, but informative.
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Response from lancstraveller2000 | Reviewed this property |
As far as I remember it was one price for everything. I was there nearly all day (didn't open until 10.00am) and certainly visited the house, gardens and museum. Nice cafe and small gift shop as well.
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