Things to Do with Kids at Strokestown Park
In addition to the fun activities mentioned below, Strokestown Park House, Gardens & the National Famine Museum run regular cultural events for all ages and interests throughout the year. These include family events, concerts, workshops, talks and more so check before you visit to see what’s on.
#1. Check Out the School Room
In bygone days children of wealthy merchants were schooled at home until they were 10 years old, when they were then sent to boarding school.
The school room at Strokestown Park House has been preserved with the original desks and wall colours. The bright yellow and blue was thought to keep children more alert for their lessons!
And do you notice anything strange about the seats attached to the desks? They are slightly off centre, to encourage children to write with their right hand! Writing with your left hand was frowned upon until very recently!
#2. Unearth Horrible Histories!
The National Famine Museum is a historical archive of this time in Ireland’s history and is situated in the grounds of Strokestown House.
Strokestown was home to Denis Mahon, the first landlord to be assassinated during the height of the Great Famine of Ireland in the 1840’s for forcing his tenants to emigrate on some of the worst coffin ships of the time.
See if you can spot the gun that shot him, which is on display at the museum.