Visit The Michael Davitt Museum - Visit North Mayo

The Michael Davitt Museum is located in the picturesque and historic village of Straide in Co. Mayo on the N58 route between Ballyvary and Foxford beside the cosy Copper Beech pub.

The museum, which tells the story of the prominent Irish social justice activist and agrarian campaigner who founded the Irish National Land League,  is housed in the magnificently restored pre-Penal Church that was used prior to the enactment of the 1690’s Penal Laws in Ireland.

Davitt was a social reformer, Member of Parliament, author, GAA Patron, Patron of Glasgow Celtic FC, labour leader and international humanitarian. Consequently he became know as Mayo’s most famous son and Ireland’s greatest Patriot.

The People and Places of North Mayo video series took a trip to The Michael Davitt Museum and met one of the excellent tour guides, Mark Spragg. He gives us an insight into what you can expect from a visit to this fascinating museum, that tells the story not only of Michael Davitt’s life, but how Mahatma Gandhi took inspiration from him to start his own mass movement of peaceful resistance in India.

The building is a beautiful setting for the fascinating story of this huge character in Irish history. Michael Davitt was a close ally of Charles Stuart Parnell, the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party and campaigner for Home Rule.

An aerial view of The Michael Davitt Museum and Straide Abbey in County Mayo, Ireland
An aerial view of The Michael Davitt Museum and Straide Abbey. Photo: John Joyce

The Michael Davitt Visitor Centre includes the beautiful surrounding grounds of Straide Abbey. Michael Davitt is buried here also, overlooking the land upon which he was born. Together, with free parking and a picnic area the museum provides an ideal destination for a great family day out in Mayo.

Following a visit to the Michael Davitt Museum, you will receive a complimentary pass to The Céide Fields Visitor Centre. This will give you the opportunity to discover another amazing part of our Irish history.

Michael Davitt Museum Visitor Information

Email: [email protected]
Call: +353 (0)94 903 1942

Note: Visitors to the museum will receive a FREE pass to the Céide Fields Visitor Centre in North Mayo