The Irish Agricultural Museum

LOCATION

WEXFORD, COUNTY WEXFORD

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This museum is located in the old farm and stable buildings of the Johnstown castle Estate. There are a vast range of artefacts relating to a bygone era. Farming and rural life are the main themes explored, with exhibits covering rural transport, farming and the activities of the farmyard and farmhouse; including a large exhibition on the history of the potato and the Great Famine (1845-49). Large scale replicas of different workshops, including a blacksmith, cooper and basket worker, and displays on the Ferguson tractor system and the history of the estate.

The Irish Agricultural Museum
Johnstown Castle Estate, WEXFORD, Co Wexford
Phone : 053 9184671

Features

Facilities
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
Accessibility
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Wheelchair hire
  • Accessible toilets
Opening Times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year: Museum: Apr-Jun & Sep-Oct, Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat-Sun & BHs 11-5; Jul-Aug, Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat-Sun 11-6; Nov-Mar, Mon-Fri 9-4, Sat-Sun & BHs 11-4. Grounds: open daily 9-5.30; Jul-Aug 9-6.30 (4.30 winter). Closed 24-26 Dec

About The area

Discover County Wexford

Although Wexford has a violent past, from the Viking incursions through Cromwell’s massacres and the Battle of Vinegar Hill in 1798, to the Troubles of the 20th century, these days it is better known for other things. Namely, its pleasant beaches, heritage parks, Opera Festival, and the Strawberry Food and Music Festival of Wexford and Enniscorthy.

The Vikings established Wexford (the county town) as a port and shipbuilding town in the 8th century. In the Middle Ages it was an important English garrison town. The slow-moving River Slaney and several of its tributaries empty their silt-laden waters into the estuary here, providing a valuable habitat for thousands of wading birds.

Bird-watchers should find time to visit the Wexford Wildlife Reserve which is behind the sea wall on the north side of the harbour. In winter you can see nearly 30 different species of duck and over 40 types of wader. The 10,000 or so Greenland white-fronted geese form as much as one-third of the world’s population, and the pale-bellied Brents also arrive on a globally significant scale.

Also close to Wexford is the Irish National Heritage Park, which has recreated 9,000 years of Irish history in five acres of reclaimed marsh and swamp.

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