Oakfield Park Raphoe

An impressive visit awaits you at Oakfield Park, Raphoe, Co Donegal. This privately-owned estate, and home to Ireland’s longest miniature gauge railway, boasts several National awards for the authentic restoration of both gardens and buildings to its original Georgian glory. Resting in a lush landscape of parkland, woodlands, lakes and streams, makes Oakfield Park one of Donegal’s most popular family friendly hidden gems.

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Over 4.5km of Ireland’s longest miniature-gauge railway weaves its way through the trees, revealing many pleasing vistas. The heritage railway takes you on a journey around the lake, passing by the Castle Folly, the Tree Circle with the Orb and the magnificent Long Sleeper sculpture on the Spiral Mound before returning to the station.

The Longsleeper

A breathtaking wooden sculpture made from 17 tons of oak, designed by Locky Morris,

The Easter Express 2024

The perfect Easter outing for the whole family! Bounce along and arrive to a welcome from your favourite characters before starting your adventure with a train journey through the magical forest, disembarking at the home of the Queen of Hearts, where you’ll receive your map with instructions! Get ready to discover and count the hidden golden eggs, become a duck detective and quack the clues as you enjoy some fun and games.

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Ready, Set, Hunt!”

Hop to it and let the hunt begin to find the hidden eggs!

With so much to see and do along the way, as you wind your way amongst the trees, woodlands & wildlife for a fun-filled family Easter day out.

Everyone that completes the Easter Hunt will receive a chocolate surprise from The Easter Bunny.

There’s also a professional photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny in her palace.

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Buffers Restaurant in Oakfield Park

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Leave space for a delicious meal in Buffers garden restaurant if you’re visiting. Their top-class team uses produce from their walled garden to create a delightful array of light bites, hot dishes and sweet treats.

Explore the Private Upper Gardens

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The upper gardens and formal walled garden are accessible twice daily at weekends by guided tour, aside from special event days. Tours leave at 2pm and 4pm, when you can learn about the history, find the points of interest, and enjoy the manicured splendour.

A Maze

What can end up as hours of fun! Suitable for adults & kids Although adult supervision is required. Do you think you have what it takes to conquer the maze? A must do family activity in Donegal for families – and adults!


The playground is located next to Buffers Restaurant so you can relax with a coffee while your kids play. A combination of natural play, the wooden play equipment, slides, the tunnel, the train and nature Dome with crafts, live exhibits and nature trails will keep your children entertained for the afternoon.


Oakfield Park is host to a spectacular collection of garden sculptures, crafted by talented artists from wood, stone and metal. The sculptures are dotted around the Upper and Lower gardens for you to find as you make your way around the gardens.

Enjoy Special Events All Year Round

Oakfield Park is famous for some of the most amazing special events in Donegal. There is something for everyone from family-focused events, festivals, musical and foodie events, and seasonal specials. Look here for what’s on now

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Purchase your Favourite Products
You can now purchase our products from the Buffers shop online. They will send gift vouchers, toys, train merchandise and food products right to your door.