Visiting Strokestown Park

 

Planning your visit to Strokestown Park House, The Irish National Famine Museum and Walled Gardens


We have compiled the following information to help you plan your educational visit to Strokestown Park. You will find useful sections about the site and details of our current education provision. We are always happy to help you plan your visit and discuss how we can tailor it to your specific requirements. We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to Strokestown Park.

 

  • Free planning visits
  • Provision for education groups
  • Group size
  • Arrival in Car Park
  • Arrival/Welcome area in House
  • What is given to visitors upon arrival?
  • Education Rooms
  • Opening Hours
  • How long does a workshop last?
  • Photography/Touching Objects
  • Admission Cost
  • Café
  • Lunch/Snacks
  • Toilet Facilities
  •  Special needs/Additional Needs
  • How to book a visit
  • Contact details
  • Brief history of the House

 

Free planning visits

We encourage all teachers to come to Strokestown Park for a free “planning visit”. Please contact us to arrange a time that suits you. The planning visit will allow you to familiarise yourself with the site and facilities here, meet the staff and tailor the visit to meet your needs. If you cannot visit, please call and we can discuss your plans on the phone.

Provision for education groups

We have a wide range of options for educational groups. We can cater for a visit of one hour up to a whole day and can develop an itinerary to suit your needs depending on the time you have. Your visit could consist of a workshop with one of our trained guides, activity sessions, free time to explore temporary exhibitions and The Woodland Walk


Group size

We can accommodate large groups at Strokestown Park. Large Groups will be divided into smaller groups for the House and Museum tour, which we try to keep to a maximum of 30. Please contact us to discuss how we can plan your visit.

Arrival in Car Park

The original entrance is a Triple Arch Gothic Entrance situated at Bawn St Strokestown. There is an additional 6 metre coach wide Coach Entrance beside Westward Scania which offers more room to the larger coaches. Signage will direct you to the Coach Park, Woodland Walk Cafe and Reception.

Arrival/Welcome

Arrival is through the Café entrance, to Reception, where a Strokestown Park representative will meet you.
What is given to visitors upon arrival?

  • Strokestown Park Brochure
  • Teacher Pack

Working materials such as pencils, clipboards etc. can be provided at an additional cost.

Education Rooms

We have Education Rooms at First Floor level in The Old Gymnasium that are available for your use for the duration of your visit. You can use them to store coats and bags or for activities. Please discuss how you would like to use the rooms when booking your visit.

Opening Hours

Strokestown Park and its facilities are open 7 days a week, 10.30am to 5.30pm, all year round
Please call 071 9633013 or email info@strokestownpark.ie

How long does a workshop last?

A workshop at Strokestown Park usually takes approximately 1 hour. This can be shortened or lengthened to your needs.

Photography/Touching Objects

Photography in the house is permitted, as long as no flash is used. Students are asked not to touch any of the furnishings, fabrics or artefacts in accordance with our Conservation Plan.

Admission Cost

The cost of a workshop at Strokestown Park is charged per pupil at a rate of €8.50 each which includes Guided tours of Strokestown Park House The Irish National Famine Museum and entry to the 6 acre Walled Gardens. Our preferred method of payment for your visit is on arrival by cash, cheque and credit or debit card. The Woodland Walk is free to visitors.

Café

We have an excellent Café so please talk to our staff about the catering options for your group.

Lunch/Snacks

Pupils are welcome to bring their own lunch and snacks to be consumed in the Education Rooms on the First Floor or outside on the expansive lawns (weather permitting). Alternatively, the Woodland Walk Café can provide all meals or snacks for individuals or the entire group.

Toilet Facilities

There are several toilet facilities located on the Ground Floor. These are all clearly marked.

Special needs/Additional Needs

Please discuss any additional requirements your group may have when booking.

How to book a visit

If you would like to book a visit to Strokestown Park please telephone us on 071 9633013 or email info@strokestownpark.ie to outline your requirements. We will then plan the details of your visit.
 

Brief history of the house

Strokestown Park is a unique visitor attraction in Strokestown. Co Roscommon in The West of Ireland comprising of Strokestown Park House, a Georgian Palladian mansion preserved with its original furnishings and fabrics, which can be seen daily by guided tour. The House was the family home of the Pakenham Mahon family and is built on the site of the 16th century castle, home of The O Conor Roe Gaelic Chieftains. The Landlord Major Denis Mahon was assassinated in November 1847 at the height of The Great Irish Famine and it is fitting that The Irish National Famine Museum was established at Strokestown Park in 1994 using the unique original documents which came to light during the restoration of The House .

The six acre walled pleasure gardens have been restored to their original splendour and give an insight into horticultural design and architecture from the 1740’s to the present day. Henry Pakenham was an avid gardener and travelled extensively, gathering plants and seeds from around the world. Many of these exotic plant specimens can be seen growing in the walled gardens today. The walled gardens include features such as the herbaceous border, the fernery, the lilly pond, the Victorian rose garden, pergola, peach house, vinery, fruit and vegetable garden and herb garden to name but a few.

Strokestown Park is a must see attraction, whether for individuals, families, educational groups or coach tours. 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 parallels between a tragic chapter of Irish History and contemporary global hunger. The Walled gardens and Woodlands take you back again to the glorious surroundings of a planned Georgian estate. Within a short time the visitor has been brought on a journey through Irish History, the good and the bad, from Ireland in the 1600’s, right up to the present day