Strokestown consists mainly of one very broad avenue, at one time the widest main street in Europe, now the second widest in Ireland, which leads directly to the gates of Strokestown Park House. The house and town were laid out and designed for the Mahon family by Richard Castle. Located in the stable yards, the Famine Museum provides a sharp contrast to the house and pleasure garden through its exploration of the Irish Great Famine of the 1840’s, which is regarded as the single greatest catastrophe of the 19th century Europe, where the population of 8 million was halved by death and deportation.
There are many excellent fishing lakes surrounding the town, with local guides available, pleasant accommodation (including a hotel) and restaurants, and a historical local craft industry. Access also to mountain walks and cycling trails on Slieve Bán.