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“Open Air Museum”

Muckross Traditional Farms
Ranked #20 of 114 things to do in Killarney
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 6, 2013

Example of a farm in the 1930's when life was tough. My husband and I enjoyed walking the farm and seeing how things were done when people didn't have machines to work with. The actors were authentic, meaning they kept in character. We overheard several comments comparing today's conditions to the 1930's. IMHO, you will enjoy the experience more if you can place yourself in the 1930's with the characters. The farms show how life was then. People worked with the daylight. There wasn't enough of anything- the same as here in the US. People aged quickly! Children were children for a very short amount of time and then they were expected to help the family survive through earning a wage. This is explained through the tour. Very interesting.

We enjoyed the experience of milking the cows, separating the milk and seeing the process. Very labor intensive! Well worth a visit.

1  Thank Catherine W
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

I won tickets in a competition and used them with a friend. Before I went I thought it might just be designed for school parties but I was very pleasantly surprised.
You basically walk round in a loop where there are various stops with replica farm houses as they were in the day. There are actors/actresses at the houses and in the gardens making bread and ploughing fields etc who are more than happy to stop ad talk to you about living conditions etc back in the day. There are also animals which you can pet (the puppies were adorable).
All in all I had a great couple of hours learning about farm life.
Would recommend for kids and adults!

1  Thank Seedheads74
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

Visited as soon as the place opened which if I recall was 1pm. Pay at the gift shop and wait for the courtesy bus that takes you to the first small sized farm. It is not a good idea to walk to this, as the road is narrow and the distance considerable. After the first stop which includes hens running round and a woman baking bread on an open peat fire you can also walk to a labourer's cottage, a medium sized farm, a large farm, carpenter's workshop, saddler's workshop, large farm, blacksmith's forge and schoolhouse. Along the way we saw pigs, piglets, cows and horses but the best bit was the petting area where a couple of donkeys, 2 sheepdog puppies, a calf, two piglets and a black sheep called Jake were penned. Our teenage kids just loved the latter as he kept climbing the sides of his pen to get a scratch on the head. They still talk about him when our visit is mentioned. In the same area there is also a bouncy castle that young kids will love. On the way back before the schoolroom there is also a woodland play area that our kids found very good. One can also see old fashioned farm tools that are no longer in use. We would highly recommend this place but do wear good walking shoes as some of the pathways are muddy.

Thank Tony M
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

I love, love, love, this place. This is a real live history lesson, which is totally interactive.
There are a series of different styles of farms, showing you the interior and exteriors of each. There may be a real fire burning in the grate, and some bread being made or cooked, which you are able to sample. In some if the properties, people are dressed as characters from that house, they will tell you information about them and they can answer questions you might have. Each of the farms is different, they are each based on how affluent each if the farmers were. There are Aldo farm animals to see, an old school room and a working blacksmith. The smell of burning peat and the baking bread are amongst my favourite smells. There is also a children's play area.

You can visit here ion it's own or buy a combined ticket to visit Muckross house too.

Thank Tricia F
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

Spent a great morning wandering around the various farms, listening to the stories of the interpreters, sampling the fresh baked bread, patting the animals and just enjoying the walks. Nice to get a feel for the way the 'other half' (99%?) lived, after looking around all the castles and great houses. Our teenage niece ranked this high in her favourites during this trip.

Thank February78
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