Explore Turlough Park Gardens & Grounds

Map of Turlough Estate

At its largest, the Turlough Estate consisted of almost 8,500 acres. Today, standing at 30 acres it makes a perfect destination for a Sunday afternoon stroll amongst gardens, a lake, woodland, and ruins.

Lake & Woodland Walks

View of Country Life Museum - modern and traditional buildings

The estate derives its name from the lake visible from the avenue up to the house. Turlough means dry lake and refers to a lake that dries up in the summer period. It is now made into a permanent lake. It is a common geological feature, giving its name to many townlands in Ireland. The turlough was dammed to form a lake.

The Museum site contains many fine mature trees, a legacy from the parkland that was laid out for the original eighteenth-century house in a manner that was sympathetic to the land.

The ruins of the eighteenth century bowfronted house are visible on the right hand side of the avenue near the entrance gate to Turlough Park.

Gardens & Glasshouse

Turlough Park Gardens
In the mid-nineteenth century the gardens were re-designed and landscaped to Victorian fashion complementing the 1865 house on the hill. New features were incorporated including grass terraces, picnic islands, formal flowerbeds, a croquet lawn and a tennis court.

The modern freestanding glasshouse has been re-built on the original foundations of the Fitzgerald’s wooden glasshouse, re-using the original hand-fired floor tiles and iron roof cresting.

Bord Fáilte Éireann and the Great Gardens of Ireland Restoration Programme have supported an extensive recent restoration of the Victorian gardens and the parkland.

Thatched Cottage - House Building Project

The House Building Project
Built in 2003 as part of a series of Summer Traditional Skills Projects, this thatched building (pictured right) is a celebration of traditional house building in Ireland.

The structure is biodegradable and is made from the sustainable, managed and renewable natural resources of wood, earth, stone and straw, locally produced, as was the case for many thousands of years in the vernacular dwellings of our ancestors.

It is located just above the main car park.

Round Tower

Visible from the Museum grounds is a striking and distinctive round tower, one of five surviving in Co. Mayo, usually dated to the eleventh or twelfth centuries and associated with monastic sites.

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