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Here under SIT - day 13, you will find travel information for that day, with practical information including the opening hours and addresses of the different attractions.
Day 1 -
Stroketown Park House - Athlone
Visit Stroketown Park House, an 18th century mansion which has been faithfully restored. It is unique in that it retains its original furnishings, and professionally guided tours allow visitors to browse freely through the stately surroundings.
In the Irish Famine Museum, you will have the opportunity to see a combination of original documents and images from the Strokestown Park collection, which explain the circumstances of the Great Irish Famine of the 1840's. This collection boasts an extensive range of papers including actual letters written by the tenants on the Strokestown Estate at the time of the famine.
Have a walk in the 4 acre 18th century walled pleasure garden, which has been fully restored to its' original splendour. It's piece de resistance is its' herbaceous border which is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest herbaceous border in Britain and Ireland.
Have a lovely cruise on the Lough Ree river. The history of the monastic settlements on the islands of Lough Ree is a fascinating one; they appeared to survive the incursions of both the Vikings and the native Irish.
Strokestown Park House
One night in Athlone.
Tel: 963 3013
Entrance fees: € 12
Opening Hours: 10.30am - 5.30pm March to October
+ Irish Famine Museum
River cruise on Lough Ree river
Tel: 647 2892
Jolly Mariner Marina
Cost: € 10
Next: SIT - day 14