Top Attractions while in the area include:
The Mining Experience Centre was developed to preserve the energy heritage of the Arigna Valley and to ensure that Arigna maintains its link with Energy themes: Past, Present & Future.This Energy Centre provides visitors with a unique insight into what coal mining life was like in the Arigna Valley, since its beginning in the 1700's until closure in 1990.
Visitors will experience what it was like to work in some of the narrowest coal seams in the western world. The tour which will last 45 minutes brings visitors to the mines coalface where the methods used to extract the coal are demonstrated. Lighting and sound effects throughout the mine, add to the reality to the experience.Local geology and the formation of coal deposits are explained in our exhibition area, as is the history of energy production.
The exhibition also explains the concepts and operation of different renewable energy systems. Some of these systems can then be viewed in operation in the Energy Centre Building, in the energy playground, and on the nearby wind farms.
A history tour presents the origins and history of the Arigna coal mines. It explores its impact on the local community, through a photo gallery & displays. The Renewable Energy Demonstrations can be viewed on site in the Centre, while the wind farms can be seen on the nearby Kilronan Mountains
Glencar Waterfall is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Ireland, standing at 50ft high and located in the beautiful Glencar Lough. W.B. Yeats made this enchanting waterfall famous in his poem, "The Stolen Child".Best time to visit here is obviously after a heavy spell of rain.
Strokestown Park was the home of the Packenham Mahon family from the 1600’s until 1979. The house retains virtually all of its original furnishings. The Famine Museum uses original documents and letters relating to the years of the famine on the Strokestown Park Estate to explain the history of the Great Irish Famine and to draw parallels with the occurrence of the famine throughout the developing world to-day.
The walled pleasure garden was officially opened in 1997 having been faithfully restored to its original splendor with the assistance of an ERDF grant through the Great Gardens of Ireland Restoration Programme and a FAS scheme. Strokestown park is now owned since 1979 by the Westward Group, a company based in Strokestown, and its restoration is a measure of their Commitment to the preservation of our heritage.
Strokestown Park House is an 18th Century mansion which has been faithfully restored. It is unique in that retains its original furnishings and professional guided tours allow visitors to browse freely through the stately surroundings. The 4 acre 18th century walled pleasure garden has been fully restores to its original splendour. Its piece de resistance is its herbaceous border which is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest herbaceous border in Britain & Ireland.
The Famine Museum at Strokestown Co. Roscommon is twinned with Grosse lle and the Irish Memorial National Hostoric Site, Grosse lle, Quebec, Canada. Over 5,500 Irish people who emigrated during the famine years are buried in mass graves at Gross lle. The museum also has a strong educational focus and seeks to create a greater awareness of the horrors of contemporary famine by demonstrating the link between the causes of the Great Irish famine of the 1840’s and the on-going spectacle of famine in the developing world today. The famine Museum was opened 1994 by the then president of Ireland, Mary Robinson and she said more than anything else, “This Famine museum shows us that history is not about power or triumph nearly so often as it is about suffering and vulnerability”
Opening Hours: Daily 10am until 5.30pm
House Tours: 11.30am / 2.00pm / 4.00
Admission: for the three features, inc full house tour, €13.50
Contact us: 071 96 33 710 / 071 96 33 013
The Organic Centre
Located in the unspoilt country side of North Leitrim. The aim of the Centre is to provide Training, information and advise on Organic Farming, gardening, and sustainable living. The demonstration gardens, contraining a heritage garden, children's garden, herb garden, willow sculpture area and many other attractions, are open to the Public. www.organicentre.ie - Open April to September