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Strokestown Park & National Famine Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

I was unable to see the house itself as I had a young child with me and you can only view it by taking the full guided tour which takes 50 minutes.The house I would say it the best part of the place and I would have liked to see it. So it was then 24 euros for 2 adults to access the famine museum and walled gardens which I felt was expensive as the gardens are nice but not amazing and I personally thought the museum was nt great. It is worth visiting if you are in the area and can do the house tour but overall I was disappointed with my visit.

Thank Fusiha
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"woodland walk"
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"the kitchen"
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"walled garden"
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"manor house"
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"gift shop"
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"well worth a visit"
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"ask questions"
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

Great place to visit you learn a lot about the Irish Famine & the suffering of the Irish people during the famine.

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Reviewed August 19, 2013

The museum is the only one dedicated to the most significant tragedy of Ireland. I would have liked to see more artefacts than storyboards but it is presented to a very high standard. The house has been preserved as the best example I have seen of the faded glory of the Irish Ascendancy - one can almost sense that the Mahons are still living in it! The amount of original artefacts, furnishings and bric a brac is staggering - hundreds of years of family detritus abandoned for us to pore over. The gardens and woodland paths are also preserved as they were in the latter half of the 20th century and are fascinating. Other houses and gardens I have seen are a bit too restored, almost beyond what they ever were - Strokestown Park is as it should be - a shabby relic of twentieth century Ould Decency combined with the Indecent treatment of 19th century starving tenants. A must see on any tour of Ireland.

2  Thank Arfur51
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

The statistics shocked me and stay in my mind since.Highly recommend a visit,any agegroup I think.Was a real reality check.Was well displayed and the gardens very impressive.

1  Thank bernard f
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is now apparently owned by one of the descendants of the original tenants of the original owners. Poetic justice, as the Museum outlines the reality of what tenants experienced at the hands of such owners.

Though decidedly neglected on the inside, the house is being restored and shows the style of how the owners lived, while the tenants starved. 8 course meals in the middle of the Famine. You get a clear idea of the results of the Famine on the tenants too.

1  Thank WayneCanberra
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