Dartfield is set in 350 acres of parkland and visitors are welcome to explore our walking trails, see the farm animals and take part in the many activities available, which include horse riding, sheep dog demonstrations or clay pigeon shooting. The only museum in the world dedicated to Irish horses, Connemara ponies and Irish dogs is an ideal venue for coach parties, school tours, corporate days out, exhibitions and meetings.
Dartfield is steeped in Irish history. The original house was built in 1827 by Henry Blake, a member of one of the historical tribes of Galway. The museum buildings were redesigned from the old courtyard in the grounds of Dartfield house.
n 1993 Dartfield was bought by Willie Leahy, a local horseman and the owner of the famous Connemara Trail riding holiday, to expand his riding holiday business. In June 2000 work began to convert the courtyard. Now in place of the derelict cottages and stables stands a magnificent 19,000 sq ft facility, dedicated to Irish horses and the Connemara pony.
The Museum is open to visitors all year round.