Strokestown House, Gardens & National Famine Museum

We are lucky to be perfectly located next to incredible history, heritage and cultural experiences. From a state-of-the-art famine museum to the largest Iron age road in Europe, there is so much to see in do during your stay at Keenan’s.

1. Corlea Track Way

Corlea Track Way is home to the largest Iron Age Road to ever be discovered in Europe. The trackway was built using heavy oak planks, which sank into the Peat. This made the trackway unusable but ensured it was perfectly preserved for the next two million years. The ancient structure is on permanent display inside the interactive visitors’ centre. Just 20 minutes from Tarmonbarry, Corlea Trackway should not be missed on your next visit to Keenan’s.

2. Strokestown Park Estate

12 minutes from Keenan’s is Strokestown Park Estate. On the estate is Strokestown Park House. Once the home of the Pakenham Mahon family for over 300 years. This grand Palladian Mansion has seen it all, from grand parties to the devastating years of the Great Famine.

The new state-of-the-art National Famine Museum will open in May 2022 on the Strokestown Park estate. The museum will tell the complete story of the Great Famine for the first time and use innovative technology including projections and soundscapes to immerse visitors in the culture and day-to-day life of Ireland in the years before, during and after the Great Famine.

That’s not all Strokestown Park Estate has to offer. You can also explore six acres of walled gardens including restored croquet lawn to pleasure garden and summer house. The gardens even include mature beach and oak trees planted by Thomas Mahon over 300 years ago.

3. St Mel’s Cathedral

St. Mel’s Cathedral was built between 1840 and 1856, with building halted due to the arrival of the Great Famine. In 2009 a fire destroyed the cathedral on Christmas Day. St Mel’s Cathedral has since been completely restored. No visit to Longford would be complete without a visit to this iconic Cathedral.

4. Knights and Conquests Exhibition

History comes to life in the Knights and Conquests Exhibition Centre in Granard, Co. Longford.

Don the clothes of our Norman ancestors and walk on an interactive journey with Knights and Conquest Heritage Centre in Granard.

Journey through Anglo-Norman history with interactive videos, guided and self-guided tours as well as dress up for the kids.

Just 30 minutes from Tarmonbarry, you can experience the rich history and heritage Irelands Hidden Heartlands has to offer.

5. Midland Karting

Get your heart racing at this go-karting, paintball, and simulator racing centre in Edgeworthstown, County Longford, 24 minutes from Keenan’s.

The facility consists of a 1km outdoor karting track, fully floodlit for racing all year-round. The track is open Tue-Sun 10am-7pm and on Bank Holiday Mondays.

A height requirement of 4’8″ applies to all karting activities. There is a car park and clubhouse onsite with toilet facilities, tea and coffee, a sweet shop, seating area, and viewing balcony.

Over in the clubhouse, why not try the state-of-the-art simulation racing centre? Race any car on any track in the world, a great activity for budding Formula 1 stars young and old. Prices start at only €10. A height requirement of 4’8″ applies.