Fota House is proud to be part of the Irish Heritage Trust, which manages and cares for Fota as well as our sister properties
The Irish Heritage Trust is a non-profit organisation responsible for conserving and some of Ireland’s most prestigious houses, gardens and museums and sharing them for the enjoyment of all.
Take the time to visit and explore these elegant homes, gorgeous gardens, and intriguing museums to gain fresh insights into Irish heritage and culture and make the most of their wonderful collections and events.
Explore this hidden gem of Irish Gothic architecture, which is sure to enchant you with its impressive towers, magical turrets and arched windows.
Take a stroll too through its stunning gardens, lake walks and woodlands, where peacocks display their finery in grounds brimming with Irish wildlife.
Strokestown Park House and Estate
A tour of Strokestown’s Palladian House offers intriguing clues about Irish experience in centuries past for people living vastly different parallel lives.
Visit the galleried kitchen, its charming nursery and the (less charming!) school room and soak in the atmosphere created by its faded grandeur and rich collections, before heading outdoors to enjoy Strokestown’s gardens, woodlands, and family-friendly trails.
National Famine Museum
At the new, immersive National Famine Museum on the stunning Strokestown estate, visitors can explore the parallel lives experienced in Ireland’s darkest times by 19th-century landlords, tenants, and cottiers. The interactive displays and compelling exhibitions in this extraordinarily moving museum encourage visitors of all ages to engage with famine, past and present.
The Irish Agricultural Museum at Johnstown
This museum of rural life, housed in the outbuildings at Johnstown Castle is home to a unique collection that includes post-famine agricultural equipment, vernacular furniture, and historic objects that will give you unique insights into Irish lives and Ireland’s post-famine recovery.
If you join the Irish Heritage Trust, you’ll gain access to these wonderful properties throughout the year. Members also benefit from exclusive access to behind-the-scenes activities and events.
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