Attractions in Roscommon
Strokestown Park House, Gardens & Famine Museu:
An impressive arc at the end of Strokestown main street leads us into the eighteenth century house and estate. The rooms in the house are quite small in comparison with the slightly larger library in the former ballroom, where one can see several pieces of documentation from the famine era. The interior of the house was changed a bit in the 1900's but the mansion itself is as it was inherited. The famine museum looks at the causes of the Great Famine (1845-1851) and its effects can be seen in the former stables. The beautiful six acre Georgian gardens are a must see and they give an insight into their horticultural practices at the time.
Also in Strokestown, you will find the Roscommon Genealogical Centre
, located on Church St. It offers a family research service to people with Roscommon roots. There is a permanent display dealing with Roscommon surnames and they specialise in family history reports.
This fully restored windmill, in the town of Elphin, is the only working windmill in the West of Ireland and the oldest one of its type in Ireland. It was perfectly located to harness the winds sweeping over Elphin. It unusually features a thatched roof and sails that turn into the wind using cartwheels on a circular track. Built c. 1730's.
Celtic-royal site, recognised by UNESCO as having potential for world heritage status.
Home of Douglas Hyde, first president of Ireland. Here you can see the Douglas Hyde Interpretive centre, which tells us about the famous Irish poet and playwright, who also founded the Gaelic League to promote the Gaelic culture and language in Ireland. The centre is situated in the church where he is buried.
Visit cistercian abbey from 12th century
Lough Key Forest Park
ocated near Boyle, is 350 hectares of mixed woodland, a lake and a number of islands. Lough Key contains a picturesque caravan and camping park, nature walks, a bog garden, observation tower, icehouse, a wishing well and underground tunnels.
The Old Schoolhouse Museum (1929)
located in Ballintuber, captures the atmosphere of an Irish classroom of that time. The home baked produce and on open turf fire creates a relaxing and homely atmosphere in the tea room.
Tullyboy Animal Farm
Croughan: The Special traditional atmosphere helps capture an old Irish country farm. Pony trekking, nature trails, pets corner, duck pond, old farmhouse kitchen, a playground and a picnic area are some of its attractions.
For more information check out Roscommon Tourism