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National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Family friendly
Free to visit
Rainy days
Free car parking
Discover the modern galleries of the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life in the spectacular grounds of Turlough Park House, in County Mayo. Uncover Ireland's rural past through exhibitions and events.

Home to the national folk life collection, the National Museum of Ireland-Country Life, in Castlebar, gives a fascinating insight into our past. Visit the museum's exhibitions and galleries to experience the history of Irish countryside between 1850 and 1950. View the unique artefacts, detailed displays, archival video footage and interactive screens.

Take a leisurely stroll around the grounds of the amazing Turlough Park after your self-guided tour. Enjoy the grand courtyards, the magnificent gardens and their mature broadleaf trees and stop off at the stunning lake. Relax with a hot drink and treat at the café before picking up a book about Irish country life in the gift shop.

Why we like it
  • Discover the history of rural Ireland.
  • Go on a self-guided tour of the museum.
  • Take a walk in the beautiful grounds of Turlough Park.
  • Visit the café and gift shop afterwards.
Tips from locals

Bring the whole family and let the little ones play in the playground in the woods beside the museum.

Contact details
Turlough Park House, Gortnafolla, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 2 to 3 hours here.

More to discover at National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
Houses and gardensTurlough Park

A small demesne in Turlough Village, County Mayo, Turlough Park is home to The National Museum of Ireland - Country Life. The Victorian gardens feature terraces and a man-made lake and islands. There is also an ornamental glasshouse.

Synge & Byrne Café

Synge & Byrne Café in the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life. Located 8kms from Castlebar, on the N5 in Turlough village, County Mayo. The café provides a wide variety of tasty and seasonal meals and snacks.

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