The National Museum of Ireland Country Life in Mayo offers an amazing free day out with activities to keep everyone in the family happy as you explore Ireland’s National Folklife Collection to see how people lived long ago.
Learn about age-old crafts, see the blacksmith’s forge, farming equipment and what an Irish home would have looked like in the 19th century. What would you have worn in the 1800s? Find out at the children’s dress-up station, which includes hats and outfits from times gone by.
In addition, head outside to discover and explore the woodland trails, get hands-on with the Discovery Station, go on an activity trail, burn off some energy in the woodland playground, or borrow the Games Box from the museum reception to see what children played in times gone by.
Combine a visit to the museum with a Greenway day out for all of the family. The 10km Museum Greenway is classed as ‘easy to moderate’ and links Lough Lannagh in Castlebar with the grounds of Turlough Park. Bicycle parking facilities are available at the museum and bicycle hire is available in Castlebar.