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Strokestown Park & National Famine Museum

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Strokestown Park & National Famine Museum

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Phyll110 wrote a review Sep. 6
Galway, Ireland62 contributions52 helpful votes
This museum is not worthy to have the title of National, it is simply not good enough. Poorly displayed , below standard graphics, videos were amateurish. I want to find something positive to say but I just can not. The idea portrayed of famine still being with us around the world, was good but they totally missed the opportunity to develop the point. It could and should be so much better. The whole place felt unloved. I must point out that we were unable to see the house due to Covid restrictions, which was not their fault.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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michaelvanturnhout wrote a review Aug. 2020
Dublin, Ireland133 contributions42 helpful votes
It is a bit of the beaten tourist track. The house itself is a work in progress, it still needs a lot of work. The garden could do with a bit more maintenance. And the museum? If you like us have already read a lot about the famine there is not a lot of news. So not very good then? Well, if you are in the area, it is actually worth a visit. There are a lot of original features, esp. the kitchen. And the guide told you a very good story.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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aisling b wrote a review Aug. 2020
Portlaoise, Ireland6 contributions1 helpful vote
We visited the famine museum and the house itself but we didn't do the gardens. We really enjoyed the tour of the house and our tour guide was really full of knowledge. Just a pity we couldn't do the upstairs of the house due to covid and social distancing. Famine museum was full of information..
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Maureen D wrote a review Aug. 2020
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We visited the Café, all the cakes were in a fridge and could not be seen..we had to ask to see them one by one. The slices we got were so thin and most importantly the man serving us pick the cake up with his hands!! So the higiene was very poor, the service bad. BEST wait until they fully reopen.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Mary P wrote a review Aug. 2020
Dungarvan, Ireland17 contributions8 helpful votes
My husband and I went to Strokestown Park, the entrance situated within the small pretty town of Strokestown. We love visiting gardens when we travel . The garden alone was €9.25, add the Famine Museum and it was €12,50 so we opted for garden and museum. The man selling the tickets at the ticket booth assured me there were lots of flowers. What a disappointment, really, what a disgrace! To charge the public this much money to see weed covered gravel paths, dead trees and shrubs left in place, minimal flowers being choked by huge weeds, a filthy overgrown small pond, lots of grass not mowed, I could go on. It is an embarrassment to me as an Irish person to see foreign tourists disgusted at the state of the place and appalled to have paid money so see this neglect. While there are signs up looking for volunteers locally to come once a week I think the owner of the property, taking Irish Heritage Trust grants, should definitely be giving the tourists better value for their money. Their brochure proclaims "The 6 acre walled gardens have been faithfully restored to their original splendour"embellished with lovely pictures of well tended paths, greenhouses and perennials. False advertising at its best! The museum tour was interesting in that there were various letters and documents from the Big House on display but there were no interactive exhibits that would hold the attention of a child. An audio recording continuously played, ( without any accompanying visuals) and it was basically a loud distraction while trying to follow the complicated sequence of interactive screens . Altogether a frustrating and very disappointing visit to Strokestown Park. I should have read reviews before visiting !
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Date of experience: August 2020
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