Irish Agricultural Museum and Famine Exhibition, County Wexford

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4.8/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web
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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  • We visited this in early autumn. Given the State ownership I expected a good walled garden. However, it is just grass, which is a missed opportunity for development of what could be a fine attraction....  read more »
  • Amazing place to visit, any time of the year. Completely unspoiled by tourist attractions. Little café which compliments the ambience of the estate. Gardens are maintained to a magnificent level. A fa...  read more »
  • I visited Johnstown Castle with a friend and we both enjoyed the stunning stately setting of the Castle with the many pathways that meander through the estate. We were very impressed by the wood land ...  read more »
  • The castle grounds are really good and great for families - they held an Easter Egg Hunt here in 2015 so check it out if you're around on Easter 2106. The museum is extensive and informative with a wide variety of good quality exhibits. There's also a nice cosy cafe with good homestyle cooking.
  • Great walk through agricultural history in Ireland. I know that might sound boring but my kids loved it. Loads of things to see and touch
  • spectacular grounds and lakes. walk for an hour or more around formal gardens and lakes. spectacular trees and castle one of my favourite spots in the SE of Ireland
  • Interesting museum (I liked display all the possible carts in the first room) and nice grounds to walk around.
  • Nice place for a walk
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