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“Fun for Kids of All Ages”

Toy Soldier Factory
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Macroom
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Come and see the ONLY Toy Soldier Factory in Europe. Free admission to our visitor center and factory. "Make & Paint Workshops" try your hand at casting a figure and painting it. Suitable for kids 7+ and adults of all ages. Our showroom is full of a lot more than just toy soldiers i.e. the Worlds Largest Model Battle Scene which houses 15,000 hand cast and hand painted figures, 8 x 4 meters in size, of the Battle at Waterloo completed by just one customer Andre Rudolf and it took him 8 years to finish, we also have the largest range of Lord of the Rings Miniatures, connoisseur chess sets, fairies, fridge magnets, Christmas Decoration and our infamous Irish Heroes, Michael Collins, Padraig Pearse, e.t.c. Coach tours are welcome if pre-booked. Open 7 days a week.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Reviewed October 2, 2013

I visited the Toy Soldier Factory while on holiday with my daughter and Grandson (aged 11).
It was off the beaten track but well signposted which is something of a novelty in this part of southern Ireland. We were laughing even before we reached it as the sign posts on the small road started with "You're on the right road to the Toy Factory, not far now!", followed by signs counting down from 500m, 300m, down to 25m on the right!
As well as the shop and hands on making and painting areas the factory working area is also open to visitors.
We watched as a lady demonstrated the method of making the toy soldiers and other metal items such as fairies, dragons, fantasy characters and much more. Anyone over the age of 6 can then have a go under strict control as hot liquid metal is involved. Edward made a toy soldier which he was very proud of having done it all himself.
Afterwards he had half an hour in the painting area with everything he needed to paint his soldier. While he was painting my daughter and I took turns watching him and browsing in the shop. There really is something for everyone from chess sets, Lord of the Rings characters, fantasy figures from classic comic books, fairies, Christmas decorations and ornaments.
I also bought two presents for Christmas, A starter kit for Edward and a dragon kit for our daughter.
There is a small charge for making and painting your own figure but no charge for anyone else.
There are toilet facilities on the site but only an automated drinks dispenser for refreshment...But there is an excellent pub next door which serves excellent food and Guinness and is very welcoming.

Thank Reiblein
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

Found this place by chance when we were driving from north Kerry to Blarney and thought it was something different and gave it a go.
As a group of 6 adults (3 male, 3 female) the girls were slightly apprehensive as they thought it would be just for the boys.
We had a little look around and ended up doing the little make-your-own workshop, all of us left very happy and have our own little figurines to remember the experience.

Thank RichConway91
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

What a gorgeous little factory in the middle of nowhere! Did the tour and was totally in awe of how these incredibly tiny figurines are cast and then each hand painted individually. My two girls got to make their own fairy figures and also paint them. They were absolutely delighted. A must for anyone to see not only the model enthusiast. The lady who assisted us with the demonstration was incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic about her work and a pleasure to watch and listen to.

Thank Lucy E
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

We recently visited the toy soldier factory near Macroom Cork. We really enjoyed the time there. The staff were really great with the children. It was a little gem of a visit! The chlidren enjoyed moulding and painting little figures they picked out themselves. It was really great to see an enterprise in the village and so different from the usual visitior attractions. I would highly reccomend it to families. D Cork

Thank Denise O
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Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

We live about 20 miles away and finally got around to visiting with our 4 kids aged 5 to 10 on a very busy Aug Thursday.it only costs e7 per person to cast your mini figure of choice from molten metal.you can choose from soldiers,angels etc.after your moulded figure is turned out you can decorate it with a range of paints,which is great fun for everyone
a tour of the factory is ok ,but one could spend ages browsing the range of exquisite miniatures for sale.well worth a visit

Thank aislinggheal
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