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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  • Peter (Miller) was an excellent Guide to 33 of us. He who spoke with a passion and it is obvious he loves his job. For 3Euros, We spent two hours around the Museum- Health and Safety didn't exist in p...  more »
  • A great three hours wandering around beautiful grounds and a lunch in the courtyard. Well done to whichever government agencies are involved with this.  more »
  • We went here bank holiday Monday so glad we did great value for money 16euro for husband and myself that's parking gardens and museum.The museum is so well done it takes you back in time really intere...  more »
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  • Superb place to visit, everything for all ages,abilities and interests. Fantastically put together. Leave lots of time for you visit...perhaps all day
  • We were blessed with a beautiful day so enjoyed walking in the grounds visiting the museum and exhibition , shop and cafe. Best scones I've had in Wexford county . Be lovely when the castle us open for viewing too.
  • Great museum. Lots to see and learn including old agricultural machinery and how it was used and developed and the history of the potato famine. Really interesting. Recommended.
  • Fantastic place to visit, situated on the grounds of Johnstown Castle. Features a remarkable collection of restored farming equipment from bygone years as we well as workshops and exhibitions. There's a Coffee Shop and of course, not forgetting to mention the freeroaming peacock and peahen flock who you are liable to meet anywhere, although generally not too far from the museum itself. Well worth a visit for a look and a cuppa. What I like about the place is that no matter how often you visit it, there's always something to see and the staff are friendly and welcoming.
  • Gardens are gorgeous and very few people were there. Peacock food is available at the tea room. Well worth the €1. You will want to spend most, if not all day there. A must see in Wexford.

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