Lough Key has for many centuries drawn people to its spectacular views, abundant wildlife, historic buildings and evocative islands.Now after major development the historic backdrop encompasses a landmark cluster of unique attractions serving the needs of a 21st century visitor with a new lakeside centre providing an ideal gateway for gentle leisurely activities or more energetic pursuits in the Park
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 Location Arigna is located in North Roscommon close to the borders of both Sligo and Leitrim.
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. Located in Glencare, Carrick-on-shannon, Leitrim.
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” Other features: 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
Where can you find a Georgian Mansion that you can walk through the attic, visit jail cells in the basement and has links with Frankenstein, Tarzan and Jane? The answer is King House in Boyle! King House is a magnificently restored mansion built in the early 1700’s for Sir Henry King, whose family were one of the most powerful and wealthy in Ireland. Sir Henry’s son Edward became 1st Earl of Kingston and many years later through marriage, the Earldom moved to Kilronan Castle. After its first life as a home, King House was converted into a military barracks in the 19th century for the famous Connaught Rangers. At the end of Civil War in 1923 the barracks passed into the control of the newly formed Irish Free State Army. Following many years as a merchants store, King House was saved from demolition in the late 1980’s and restored to its former Georgian style by Roscommon County Council. Today visitors can explore this unique architectural treasure and enjoy a range of exhibitions, spread over 4 storeys that are designed for both adults and children alike. The average length of visit is 1-1½ hours; however visitors have been known to stay for much longer than that! As you wander through the house at your leisure, you will encounter life-size historical figures, voices from the past and hands-on family activities that bring the building and its residents alive! Discover how to become an Earl in 6 easy stages or dress up in the attire of a Gaelic chieftain! Families can enjoy many activities including writing with a quill and ink or beating the regimental drum! Your tour would not be complete without a visit to the cold and damp jail cells! King House is open daily 10am to 6pm from 1st April to 30th September. Last admissions are at 5pm. Group bookings are welcome all year round.
For more information visit www.kinghouse.ie or telephone 071 9663242.
Una Bhan Tourism offers you local knowledge and a tourism service to help make your trip as enjoyable and fun as possible! We want to make your visit to Boyle an experience you'll always remember, one of local interest and discovery.
For more information visit www.unabhan.ie