Family Days Out with Irish Heritage Trust
Johnstown Castle & The Irish Agricultural Museum, Wexford
Johnstown Castle is a spectacular gothic Castle in Wexford and offers an amazing family day out. It was built in the 1170s and was first occupied by the Esmondes, a Norman family. In 1692, John Grogan acquired the castle and his descendants owned it up until 1945 when it was presented as a gift to the nation.
It is now run by the Irish Heritage Trust, Teagasc and the Irish Agricultural Museum who have worked together to open a visitor experience which includes castle tours.
The Castle is surrounded by beautiful ornamental gardens designed by Daniel Robertson, where you can walk by not one but three lakes and see gothic statues, exotic plants, peacocks and other wildlife. There is also a Victorian Walled Garden to discover and a beautiful woodland playground to enjoy.
The Irish Agricultural Museum is housed within the grounds of Johnstown Castle and showcases one of the most comprehensive collections of farming and rural life in Ireland, with everything from tractors to kitchens!
As with all venues that have an indoor element, do check opening hours and booking requirements before you travel.
Fun Things to Do at Johnstown Castle
Johnstown Castle has so much to do on a family day out. Below is our pick of the top things to do, and you can read the full article for more information here.
- Have a picnic in a sunken garden
- Watch peacocks strut their suff
- Identify who is who in the Apostles Hall
- Find a bath in a tower
- Have an upstairs-downstairs experience!
- Investigate different beds people slept in
- Explore castle ruins
- Discover the hiding places for birds and bats
- Go on a fairy trail and a tree hunt and enjoy the woodland playground
- Take part in quizzes and trails
The Irish Agricultural Museum
The Irish Agricultural Museum has been open for over 40 years and has more than 19 exhibits, with everything from tractors, beds and kitchens to recreated workshops for traditional trades such as a cooper, blacksmith and wheelwright.
In addition to the regular exhibits, visitors can enjoy special exhibits such as the miniature motors collection of Matchbox, Corgi and Dinky cars and other motoring memorabilia. And you can take quizzes and trails, specially designed for children to make their visit fun, interactive and educational.
No pre-booking is required to visit the museum, but do check opening hours on the website before you travel.