Irish Agricultural Museum and Famine Exhibition, County Wexford

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With one of the most comprehensive displays of farming and rural life in the country, the Irish Agricultural Museum and Johnstown Castle Gardens make a wonderful day out for all the family – whatever the weather. The beautifully maintained ornamental gardens surrounding the castle extend to 40 hectares and feature three lakes, a walled garden and a resident family of peacocks.

The Irish Agricultural Museum

Housed in the former estate farm buildings the museum offers lots to see, learn, do and enjoy for all ages:-

• Admire the large collection of beautifully restored tractors, carts, ploughs, threshing machines, stationary engines and dairy equipment

• See recreated workshops of traditional trades including blacksmith, cooper and wheelwright

• Learn about ‘The Great Famine’ through an exhibition which vividly reveals what life was like before, during and after the famine

• Discover the chequered history of Johnstown Castle and its estate

• Enjoy the largest display of Irish country furniture

• Compare farmhouse kitchens through the ages

• Take part in the ‘Red Tractor’ explorer quiz (suitable for children)

Johnstown Castle Gardens

The spectacular ornamental grounds and gardens surrounding the 19th century castle were designed by Daniel Robertson who is famed for the gardens at Powerscourt in Co. Wicklow.

• Stroll through the grounds with over 200 varieties of trees and shrubs

• Relax by the castle lakeside with its Gothic towers, waterfalls and statues

• Enjoy a picnic in the sunken Italian garden or museum courtyard

• Take a guided trip around the grounds by horse and carriage (seasonal)

• Watch the peacocks strut by and display their finery

• View the ruins of Rathlannon Castle

The castle and grounds are maintained by Teagasc (Agriculture and Food Authority). Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome (bins are provided). Please note that Johnstown Castle itself is presently not open to the public.

The Peacock Tearoom and Museum Shop

The Peacock Tearoom and Museum Shop are located near the entrance to the museum. The tearoom serves delicious refreshments from Easter to the end of October. The shop is open year round and sells a range of souvenirs, gifts and books.
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  • Johnstown Castle & Grounds were wonderful we went for a walk around the lake and the views looking over the lake were fantastic we took plenty of photos, there are peacocks walking around the open gro...  more »
  • We happened upon this castle estate while exploring Wexford and decided to pop in. The estate was beautiful and we enjoyed walking around the castle and gardens. It is apparently scheduled to be resto...  more »
  • We were driving past and happened to stop in. We were blown away by the beauty of this castle! The views of the lake, gardens and castle are truly magnificent! We loved the untouched feel as if we wer...  more »
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  • I love returning to Johnstown Castle to see the grounds at different times of year. The Museum itself houses a lovely cafe which has great home made produce.
  • Lovely scenery. Had a great time. Cafe is lovely too, highly enjoyable.
  • Very friendly, great scones, just a wee bit too cold, but great fire in the cafe.
  • Irish Agricultural and Johnstown Castle are both wonderful places to visit. Particularly, a walk around the castle and it's magnificent lawns and pathways.
  • Marvellous local amenity to spend a few hours - great after Christmas as lots of children able to ride their bikes and wheel their dolls prams in comfort

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