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Getting Here

Getting to the National Museum of Ireland by car or public transport


The National Museum of Ireland - Country Life is located at Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, F23 HY31

GPS Coordinates

You can find us at the following coordinates: 53.8840, -9.2125

By Car

The museum is located just off the N5 (Dublin to Westport route). It is well signposted along the N5 in both directions. (Look out for large brown signs stating 'Museum of Country Life')

Route suggestions:

  • From Dublin: N4, N5. Approximate distance 240km, 3 hours journey time
  • From Galway: N84, N5. Approximate distance 80km, 1 hour journey time
  • From Sligo: N17, N5. Approximate distance 80km, 1 hour journey time
  • From Limerick: N18, N17, N60, N84, N5. Approximate distance 170km, 2 hours journey time
  • From Cork: N20, N18, N17, N60, N84, N5. Approximate distance 270km, 3.5 hours journey time
  • From Belfast: M1, A4, N16, N4, N17, N5. Approximate distance 172 miles, 4 hours journey time
  • From Knock Airport: R376, N17, N5. Approximate distance 40km, 30min journey time
  • From Shannon Airport: N19, N18, N17, N60, N84, N5. Approximate distance: 160km, 2 hours journey time

Once you have turned off from the N5, drive for about five minutes and the Museum entrance will be on left hand side. The iron gated entrance is flanked by large flag poles.

The Museum can also be reached by taking the old Castlebar to Turlough road from Castlebar Town.

Free parking is available on site, including several designated disabled spaces.

By Bus

There are a number of Bus Éireann services that may stop near the Museum. As timetables and routes are subject to change, especially between summer and winter, we strongly advise that you contact Bus Éireann before your journey to get the most up-to-date information.

Contact Bus Éireann, Ballina, on +353 (0)96 71800 or visit www.buseireann.ie

By Train

Castlebar is the nearest train station, located approximately eight kilometres away from the Museum. There are bus services from the train station that may stop near the Museum, but bus departure times may not always coincide with train arrivals, so we suggest that the easiest way to reach the museum from the station is by taxi.

Contact Castlebar train station on +353 (0) 94 902 1222 for route and timetable information or visit www.irishrail.ie.