Oakfield Park

Oakfield Demesne, Raphoe, Donegal

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Oakfield Park is a beautifully restored 18th Century Georgian Deanery sitting in a lush landscape with 100 acres of parkland and mature woodlands to explore.

Heritage listed trees, extensive walks and trails and a 4.5km narrow gauge railway with a Diesel & Steam Train operating passenger trips . 

The Gardens are open to the public, Wednesday to Sunday plus Bank Holidays until the end September 2014. 


Oakfield Park is an eighteenth century Georgian Deanery, which has won several National awards for the restoration of its gardens and buildings. Sitting in a lush landscape of parklands and mature woodlands, overlooking the distant Croaghan Mountain, the grounds include a traditional walled garden and kitchen garden. The lower gardens consist of a large lake, planted with reeds and wild flowers. This is now home to swans and abundant wildlife. A Castle Folly built on the opposite shore provides stunning views.

Flower meadows, lakes and streams, as well as wild and wetland areas are entwined with over 4km of narrow guage railway to give hours of pleasure. Discover willow tunnels, oak circles, boardwalks, a par-terre and classical Nymphaeum by the upper lake. Two of the oldest trees, a Sweet Chestnut and a Chestnut named the ‘Twelve Apostles’ trees are listed with the Heritage Tree Council.


The Trains run over 4.5km of narrow gauge track, winding around the lake and woodlands. The ‘Duchess of Difflin’ steam engine, with her carriages in the traditional red and cream livery of the “Wee Donegal” and the ‘Earl of Oakfield’ blue diesel engine give pleasure to children and enthusiast alike. Rides are available on Saturday, Sundays and Bank Holidays and at 3pm on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday and offer an excellent opportunity to view the lower gardens in comfort. 

The gardens are open to the public from 16th April to 28th September 2014.**
Opening times are 12 to 6pm, Wednesday to Sunday. (Closed Mondays & Tuesday)

The gardens will be open on Banks Holidays (Rep. of Ireland and N.Ireland)

** PLEASE NOTE: Gardens will be CLOSED from the 2nd to 6th July, 2014.

Trains run at the weekends and Banks Holidays and at 3pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
The Steam Engine ‘Duchess of Difflin’ runs on the last Sunday of each month ‘Steam Sunday’

Admission Prices:

Entrance to Gardens: €5 Adult, €3 Child.      Trains: €3 Adults, €2 Child.  Under 5′s are free when accompanied with an adult.
Family Ticket including train €20 (2 adults & 2 children).

Free car parking and toilet facilities with Baby Changing unit provided. Dogs are permitted if they are kept on a lead and droppings are removed from lawns and pathways.

Picnic Tables and Swings are available, so bring along a picnic.
During June, July & August a small Tea Tent will be open at weekends serving light snacks and refreshments.

For further information and enquiries please contact 074 9173068 or email gardens@oakfieldpark.com

The house is not open to the public at any time. We regret that we do not allow wedding photos to be taken on the grounds.

In December of each year we run the Santa Express for local schools and nursery groups only. This will take place on the 1st to 5th December, 2014. Booking is essential. Bookings will be taken from 1st Sept.
Please note that Santa may not be able to see all children individually as he is very busy at that time of the year.


Directions from Raphoe.
·     Head out of Raphoe, on William Street towards Derry / Strabane (R236).
·     Turn first right at Lifford Road, R264 before the Mart. (Signposted)
·     Take the first left (L2374) opposite Raphoe Hardware. (Signposted)
·     Proceed for about a mile. Carpark on the right after gatehouse.

Directions from Letterkenny.
·     Take N14 from Letterkenny towards Lifford & Strabane.
·     Pass the turning for Raphoe (R236)
·     Take next right at Drumbeg (L2374) signposted for Oakfield. (Signposted)
·     Proceed for about a mile. Carpark on the Left.

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