Oakfield Park Donegal is a privately owned estate and railway, which has won several National awards for the restoration of its gardens and buildings. Sitting in a lush landscape of parklands, lakes, mature woodlands, overlooking the distant Croaghan Mountain, the grounds include a hedge maze, sculpture and miles of walking paths.

Sumptuous greenery by the lake at Oakfield Park
Sumptuous greenery by the lake
The ‘Duchess of Difflin’ steam engine
The ‘Duchess of Difflin’ steam engine


A trip on the train is the best way to see all of the Lower Gardens. Over 4.5km of narrow gauge track, weaves its way through the trees, revealing many pleasing vistas. The railway takes you around the lake and grounds passing the Castle Folly, the Tree Circle with the “Orb” and the awe inspiring “Long Sleeper” sculpture on the Spiral Mound before returning to the Station.

Buffers Restaurant at Oakfield Park Raphoe


BUFFERS is an oasis in the heart of Oakfield Park in Donegal. Serving hot food, drinks and treats, surrounded by a rich abundance of flora and fauna. Enjoy delicious food surrounded by nature, in covered external seating areas or as a picnic in the park. Last orders at 5.30pm – click HERE to see the menu.


No one loves walking more than man’s best friend. Donegal’s scenic landscapes and historic landmarks coupled with its great hospitality makes for some great dog friendly walking adventures.

The grounds include a traditional walled garden, lakes, Buffers Restauranttrain rides and stunning views all of which make this location the number one sport for a day out with your furry friends. Dogs are very welcome but must be kept on a lead.

They can even ride the train!

Flowers at Oakfield Park gardens


Oakfield Park’s private formal gardens are accessible twice daily on weekends all Summer by professional guided tour only. The tour lasts an hours and takes in the main features on the best routes with detailed history and horticulture as its focus. Tours can be booked on arrival and cost only €2 per adult and €1 per child. Guided tours are free for Seasonal and Gold passholders.

  • Rob N Avatar
    Rob N
    16/05/2021 - Google

    Welcoming staff and well preserved grounds. There are plenty of signs around the place and plenty to do to fill out a day. Nice cafe and restaurant/shop

    Patrick Mellon Avatar
    Patrick Mellon
    09/05/2021 - Google

    The online shop was amazing. I ordered a cheese board for our 5year anniversary. They rang and said it wouldn't reach us in time but a member of staff will... read more

    Ivan o'mahony Avatar
    Ivan o'mahony
    03/05/2021 - Google

    Great experience for families. The train and maze were a big hit

  • Michelle Long Avatar
    Michelle Long
    02/05/2021 - Google

    Great for a day out with friends or family and kids.
    Lots of paths to walk playground for kids and a lovely menu at buffers for food aswel

    5 star rating
    30/04/2021 - TripAdvisor

    Relaxing family friendly fun day out. As always fantastic day out absolutely love coming here its our favourite family day out. From the beautiful food in Buffers restaurant to lovely walks and then an adventure in... read more

    mark chambers Avatar
    mark chambers
    24/12/2020 - Google

    Great night away for the kids... the little train journey around the grounds in the darkness, and illuminations everywhere was brilliant