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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, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 7, 2014

Came across this by accident but an amazing time for our kids and our selfs. Staff to friendly and knowledgable.

Visited March 2014
Thank Ralph D
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Great for big kids too!”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

A definite stop if you're a toy soldier or cast-miniature aficionado. And still worth a look if you're seeking respite from a grey and gloomy drive across Ireland and fancy a cheap memento/fun memory. Lovely.

Visited October 2013
Thank s137249
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Galway, Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“The kids loved it.”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

It's a much longer drive from Macroom than we were expecting but very well signposted and the scenery is gorgeous so very much worth the drive. It's great to see a thriving business in such a small town. The children can make their own town soldier from scratch and then paint it which they loved. Only down side is that obviously the toy soldiers are quite small so painting them is very fiddly for smaller children and with a 20 min time limit (which wasn't imposed but we thought it would be so we felt under a bit of pressure time wise) it can be a bit rushed. The people are very friendly and helpful and great with the kids. The local pub has a good selection of food.

Visited August 2013
Thank fcreegan
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Fun for Kids of All Ages”
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.

Visited August 2013
Thank Reiblein
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Bromley, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Nice pit-stop”
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.

Visited September 2013
Thank RichConway91
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