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“Well worth a visit”

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, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed July 1, 2014

Got ticket as part of hotel deal - went with daughter age 10 and the visit was very good - major thing was the personal time given by the woman in the factory to help the children make the toys and then to paint the toys - well worth a visit to this factory if you are nearby. Had a great time and my daughter was delighted with her own toy that she made and painted herself - l would return if i was in the area as there would be more toys to make

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Reviewed June 14, 2014

This was something we happened across by accident more so than anything else. We saw a sign on the side of the road and thought it peculiar enough to make a detour. But be warned getting there is no joke, to say it's remote is an understatement. Narrow roads, steep hills, twists and turns are the order of the day but upon arrival you won't be disappointed. You are given a free demonstration of the moulding process and are left to roam the facility where you can see the figures being moulded from molten metal to the hand-painted finishing, it was actually quite impressive to see the attention to detail that is paid to crafting these figurines. For a small fee you can get a chance to have a go yourself and maybe it was the child in me but I would recommend it, a great laugh. Once removed from the mould and the excess is cut off you're brought to a painting area and left to paint the mould you have just created. It was at this point one of the staff told us that men in particular find this process very therapeutic and relaxing... it drove me daft!!! The staff were extremely friendly and answered any questions in a chatty manner as if they had known you for years. Our "guide" was Mary Moynihan and she does a brilliant job. You can buy any amount of stuff there if you're bitten by the bug but there is no pressure if you don't. It is a small enterprise but we were told it was the biggest of its type in Europe and the third biggest in the world and the list of countries to which they export to was very impressive particularly when you consider the location. Pay it a visit if you are looking for something different, actually even if you aren't pay it a visit anyway.

Thank P T
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Reviewed June 14, 2014

We went to the toy soldier factory today and it was great. The staff were so lovely and helpful. My son is just 4 since February and my daughter is 2 next month so I was aware that they may be a bit young for the visit, but the staff were great with them and with a little help from mom and dad they made and painted their soldier and fairy.
It was very interesting to see how everything is made from start to finish. Definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed June 5, 2014

Just on a lark, we visited the toy soldier factory. Be patient and make the journey - not exactly on the beaten path. What a pleasant surprise. The staff was great. Very friendly and attentive, answering all of our questions. The demonstration was very interesting and a treat to watch. We ended up buying a mold set for our grand kids, which I am sure they will love. If you have children they will love it. The staff really gets them involved and interested. There is no cost involved unless you buy product.

Thank flybynighttraveler
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Reviewed May 23, 2014

Finally turned left in Ballyvourney to visit the toy soldier factory. My 5 and 7 year old really enjoyed making their Easter bunny and then painting them.

The factory itself is really a despatch bay, but the workshop for kids of all ages was definitely worth the detour.

One of those priceless memories for my kids, who want to make a dragon on their next trip to Ireland!

Thank aitutaki1
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