Sligo Folk Park Family Attraction
Sligo Folk Park is located in the beautiful village of Riverstown, County Sligo. This community based attraction provides a true experience of rural life and Irish heritage at the turn of the late 19th Century.
The Folk Park is set in the grounds of the authentically restored Millview House, which was originally built in 1873 by George Reid, a farmer, shoemaker and church sexton.
This is a place, which is great for young and old. Children can discover how their great grandparents used to live and, those who are still young at heart, can rediscover how life used to be in days gone by. Stroll around the park, regardless of the weather to visit the wonderful museum and evocative exhibition hall which houses one of Ireland’s finest collections of rural history and agricultural artifacts restored farm equipment and farm animals.
A visit to the Sligo Folk Park is a true experience of rural and Irish heritage in the heart of County Sligo, the cultural history and heritage of the whole region comes to life.
Explore Sligo Folk Park
The folk park prides itself on its ability to bring the past to life through a wide assortment of displays and tours. When you visit Sligo Folk Park, you are travelling back to a simpler time in Irish history expertly explained by the dedicated team of enthusiasts.
- Traditional Cottage
- The Village Street
- Museum & Exhibition Hall
- Millview House.
- The Dairy.
- Irwin House
- Blacksmith’s Forge
- McGee Repository Museum
- Bishop Clancy Theatre
- School House!
- Farm Machinery Display
- Military Exhibition
- Farm Animals
- Archive & Local Library
- The Beehive Cafe Restaurant
Wha’ts On in the Folk Park
There’s so much happening at the Sligo Folk Park. On the bank holiday weekends they will have some kind of family event.
Christmas – Santatown
At Christmas they hold the spectacular annually Santatown , an event not to be missed for the little ones.
The children can experience Christmas long ago with Granny Murphy’s Kitchen, an exact replica of a rural dwelling house in the early nineteen hundreds. Rudolf and his sleigh can be seen and there is a stage erected for the performing elves. Outside, Christmas lights sparkled in the trees surrounding the museum and chased around the perimeter of buildings. An illuminated “Santatown” sign beckoned visitors at the gate and the Christmas atmosphere was set.
The village itself joined in the spirit of the occasion and suitably decorated their homes, premises and streets setting the scene for what was to prove a really spectacular occasion.
Due to the great success of Santatown, it is now an annual event at the Sligo Folk Park. Remember to book early to avoid disappointment!
Find out more about Sligo Folk Park Christmas
Halloween -“Scare in the Park”
Sligo Folk Park will be hosting the popular “Scare in the Park” Halloween Event on the Bank Holiday.
You are invite to come in Fancy Dress and there will be lots of Trick or Treat, ,Arts and Crafts, Games and Prizes, Music and Dance, Pumpkin Carving and the must see Haunted Millview House.
Spread all over the Park there will be plenty of scares and surprises for all.
Find out more about Sligo Folk Park “Scare in the Park”
Sligo Folk Park Admission Prices
- Adult €5
- Child €3
- Family rate from €12
- Tour Groups €4
Sligo Folk Park Opening Times
September to May
- Mon-Fri 10am-5pm Tours available on request
June to August
- 7 days a week 10am – 5.30pm with tours available Monday to Friday at 11am and 2pm. Weekend tours available by appointment. Sunday and Bank Holidays 12-5pm with last admission at 4.30pm daily
Directions To The Sligo Folk Park
Sligo Folk Park is conveniently located in the beautiful village of Riverstown in South County Sligo . Riverstown is easily accessible just 15 minutes drive south of Sligo Town off the N4 main Dublin to Sligo Road.
Coming from Sligo just turn left at Drumfin Crossroad (Signposted) and continue on for about 2 ½ miles until you get to Riverstown village the Folk Park is on your Right.
- N4 from Dublin
Traveling northbound, continue past the village of Castlebaldwin for 7 kilometers until you see signposts for Riverstown and The Sligo Folk Park. At the sign posted junction turn right and continue for 3 kilometers until you arrive in Riverstown Village. The Folk Park entrance is located on the right just before the bridge.
- N4 from Sligo
Traveling Southbound, continue past the village of Collooney for 6 kilometers until you see signposts for Riverstown and The Sligo Folk Park. At the sign posted junction turn left and continue for 3 kilometers until you arrive in Riverstown Village. The Folk Park entrance is located on the right just before the bridge.
- N17 from Galway
Traveling Eastbound, turn right at the village of Collooney and continue for 6 kilometers until you see signposts for Riverstown and The Sligo Folk Park. At the sign posted junction turn left and continue for 3 kilometers until you arrive in Riverstown Village. The Folk Park entrance is located on the right just before the bridge
- Also see Google map top of this page