Welcome to the Heart of Heritage
Welcome to the Heart of Heritage
Welcome to the Heart of Heritage
Welcome to the Heart of Heritage
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A family at Strokestown looking at a museum display.

Breathing new life into old worlds

We’re waiting to welcome you to Fota House, Strokestown Park, and Johnstown Castle – some of Ireland’s most prestigious great houses and gardens – as well as to the National Famine Museum and the Irish Agricultural Museum, all managed and cared for by the Irish Heritage Trust.

Step into Ireland’s past

Connect with the heart of heritage, culture and natural beauty as you explore some of Ireland’s finest historic houses.

Discover exquisite collections on compelling tours that reveal hidden histories and the very different lives of the Irish gentry, their staff, and tenants.

Adult woman and child looking at exhibition in historic kitchen

Explore our Heritage Landscapes

Our historic gardens and woodlands, first planted hundreds of years ago, are waiting to be explored and enjoyed.

Sustainably and sensitively managed, they feature glittering glasshouses where exotic plants once grew as well as walled, ornamental, and kitchen gardens – all restored to their former glory. You’ll find collections of rare plants and trees, wild meadows, lakes and rivers just waiting to be discovered.

Visit Intriguing Museums

Gain unique insights into Irish history across our nationally accredited museums and collections. Connect with intriguing aspects of Ireland’s past, from its tragic famine story to its rich agricultural traditions.

Discover Our Heritage Properties

Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens (Cork)

Fota House is one of Ireland’s great houses and home to a nationally significant collection of paintings and a beautifully restored arboretum and gardens.

Once the home of the Smith-Barry family, Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens has been welcoming visitors for more than 200 years.

The National Famine Museum | Strokestown Park (Roscommon)

Visit Strokestown Park House and Gardens along with our immersive, new National Famine Museum to discover the intimate and intriguing links between dramatically different Irish lives.

Discover a place that brings compelling stories from the Great Irish Famine powerfully to life for visitors of all ages.

Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens (Wexford)

Visit the Johnstown Castle Estate, Museum & Gardens to explore a fairytale gothic-revival Irish castle and its gorgeous 120-acre estate and formal gardens, also home to the Irish Agricultural Museum.

Discover a history that dates back more than 800 years.

Lend Your Support

The Irish Heritage Trust is a registered charity. We rely on the generosity of members, visitors, volunteers and donors to allow us care for these remarkable properties and keep them open for all to enjoy.

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