Doors open at ‘transformed’ Strokestown Famine Museum

€5m investment in popular tourist site

Photo by Colin Shanahan – DigiCol Photography (c) 2022 –

The new state-of-the-art National Famine Museum and Strokestown Park opened its doors to the public last Friday following a €5 million investment which has transformed the popular Roscommon attraction.

The investment, via Fáilte Ireland and Westward Holdings Ltd in partnership with the Irish Heritage Trust has created a unique visitor experience, telling the complete story of The Famine.

The new visitor experience includes a ‘3 in one’ ticket offering the enthralling new National Famine Museum, the historic walled gardens and woodland walk at Strokestown Park and the Palladian House with its original furnishings and features. The house re-opens for tours later in July once conservation works have been completed.

The not-for-profit Irish Heritage Trust has managed the property since 2015 and oversaw the development project.

A self-guided audio tour is on offer, available in six languages, with a mixture of imaginative scene setting and innovative audio-visuals and touch screens. Visitors will be able to explore the tenants’ experience of hunger, eviction and exile through voluntary and assisted migration while engaging with the landlord’s perspective, his power, his dilemma and controversial assassination and gain insight into a cataclysmic disaster that changed Ireland forever.

Visitors can also enjoy the six-acre walled gardens and Strokestown Park’s lush mature woodlands. A brand new bright and modern Woodland Café is the icing on the cake.

Commenting on the opening John O’Driscoll, General Manager at The National Famine Museum/Strokestown Park, said: “We are delighted to reopen our doors to welcome visitors to a brand new experience and we offer a wide a range of things to do for all ages. We have created a series of enjoyable and enriching trails for our younger visitors in the new Museum as well as in the beautiful walled gardens and woodland walk.

“We are also looking forward to welcoming back visitors who may have been here before and driving visitor numbers further for the tourism industry right across Roscommon and Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands”.