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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  • Visited both the gardens and the museum, both were brilliant. Although the castle is not open to the public it is in great outside repair so it's still very picturesque. Please please get some funding...  more »
  • Beautiful grounds, picturess, peaceful. We had a look in the museum very interesting part about the famine in Ireland. The cafe was nice for a coffee. So far probably the highlight of our trip to Wexf...  more »
  • About a 10 minute taxi ride from central Wexford- we spent 4 hours here and could have easily spent longer. We walked the grounds first- gorgeous lake views! We then had delicious warmed scones and cr...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Stunning grounds, the gardens are so well kept. You could spend hours just walking around them. I've only given 3 stars because I think it should have playground for kids and the castle should be open to the public. I know the castle has had a massive grant but there is no sign of anything happening with it yet, I'll change my star rating when I get to see the changes.
  • If you're into tractors, hoes, etc, then this will be home for you. Me, not so much. There was an expo on the potato famine which I was interested in, but it was mostly boards of writing. Few photos, video, etc. I would not spend money to go into the museum. Rather just walk the gardens of Johnstone Castle, which are beautiful and expansive.
  • Stunning castle in a beautiful setting, gorgeous lakes, agricultural museum was very well laid out with lots of info, cafe serves tasty soup and sambos but can bring picnic. Very reasonable admission. Kids loved the gardens
  • The gardens here are excellent. Very well kept and some great walks for the family.

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