Strokestown Park House
Strokestown Park HOuse
Strokestown Park House & Gardens is located in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon and comprises of a Georgian Palladian mansion preserved with its original furnishings and fabrics and is also home to the National Famine Museum of Ireland.
Strokestown Park House was built by Thomas Mahon in the latter half of the 17th century on the site of a 16th century castle. It was the family home of the Mahon family until 1979 when the house, in an advanced state of repair was brought by a local company who wanted to expand their business. The new owners seen the potential of the house and made a deal with the Mahon family to leave all the original furnishing and also any documents; some of these have information relating to the famine in Ireland.
Open daily from 17th March - 31st October
Daily tours of the house take place at 12pm,2.30pm and 4pm
Open from 1st November - 16th March
One tour of the house at 2pm
The beautiful walled gardens of Strokestown Park underwent a ten year restoration project and opened to the public in 1997. Many of the original features have been restored including the croquet lawn, the lawn tennis courts, the summer house and a magnificent ornamental pond.
There is also a Georgian vegetable and fruit garden growing old varieties of fruit and vegetables using traditional methods. All the local produce is used in preparation of food in the Strokestown Park restaurant.
There is a woodland walk adjacent to Strokestown Park House. The woodland was first planted in the 1700's by Thomas Mahon. The woods remained untouched for years until 2011 when a big restoration project took place, reopening the original pathways.
The National Famine Museum
The National Famine Museum is located in the original stable yards of Strokestown Park House. It was designed to commemorate the history of the famine of Ireland and in some way to balance the history of the 'Big House'. The Famine Museum uses the unique documents that were discovered in the estate office, dealing with the administration of the estate during the tenure of the Mahon family. This collection includes many haunting pleas from starving tenants on the estate and the response they received.
The National Famine Museum is open daily from March - October
From 10.30am - 5pm
Keep an eye on our events page to keep up with everything going on in Strokestown Park House. We have so many events that take place throughout the year, there is something for everyone from children to adults!!
Tel: +353 (0) 71 9633013
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