Derryglad Folk & Heritage Museum, Athlone

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Surrounded by picturesque lakes and rivers, Derryglad Folk & Heritage Museum allows you to experience farm life in Ireland from the 18th century to the recent past. You can view an impressive assortment of washing machines, old-style sheep shears, radios, gramophones, and 78 rpm records. Horse-drawn machinery, now restored to its original working order, tradesman's tools, and butter-making equipment complete the collection of over 6,000 items. For extra details, stop to chat with the Finneran family, which privately owns the museum. Tours and group visits are welcomed, but call in advance for the best experience. To visit Derryglad Folk & Heritage Museum and other attractions in Athlone, use our Athlone trip itinerary planner.
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While the eastern bank of the River Shannon has a lot of commercial glitz, many visitors prefer to stay on the western bank in Athlone, where the castle beckons travelers to this lively town. Here you will find the winding streets, cafes, pubs, and historical sites that keep locals and visitors enchanted. There are plenty of hotels to choose from in the area, although bed and breakfasts, guesthouses, and apartments tend to have more personality.
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  • We had a fantastic visit to this museum. Lots of items, great walk down memory lane. The owner was so nice, full of chat and passion, it's a credit to the family to have such a lovely place. Def recom...  more »
  • We visit the derryglad folk &heritage museum on our trip to Athlone well worth the money plenty to see and lovely owners who love to meet people and show them around a step back in time if you are vis...  more »
  • We arrived before they had opened for the season, but a lovely couple very kindly welcomed us, and showed us around. They have a massive collection of household items, farmyard implements, shop, schoo...  more »