Looking for things to do in Donegal for families, groups or couples? Here is all you need to know for your visit to Oakfield Park.
Oakfield Park in Raphoe, Co. 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, sculptures, and miles of walking paths. A must visit attraction when seeking things to do in Donegal.
June, July & August: Seven Days A Week
from 11am – 6pm
September: Wednesday to Sunday
from 12noon – 6pm
April & May: Wednesday to Sunday
from 12noon - 6pm
We will also be open late for special events so keep an eye out if seeking things to do in Donegal for families, couples and groups!
You can purchase an Oakfield Park Voucher any time of the year, which can be used for entry, events, Seasonal Passes, Buffers food and drink or anything else on offer here in the gardens.
BUFFERS Restaurant is open every day that the park is open plus for select evening events. Trains will be running regularly each and every day that we are open.
Last admittance and last orders in Buffers strictly at 5.30pm.
We are taking orders for 2023 Seasonal and Gold Passes. Please visit the Passes page or call to order yours on 074 91 73922.
Although we close for the season on October 1st, we will be running special events throughout the year – visit our Events section for more details.
Entry & Train Charges
Under 3’s Free
Under 3’s Free
Family Pass (Entry and a trip on the train)
1 Adult & 2 Children
€35 save €6
2 Adults & 1 Child
€40 save €6
2 Adults & 2 Children
€45 save €13
2 Adults & 3 Children
€50 save €20
Car Parking & Facilities
Weddings & Special Events
Car parking is available within the grounds of Oakfield Park. Special spaces are available for minibuses and coaches.
Toilet facilities with Baby Changing unit are provided.
Picnic Tables and Swings are available.
There is partial access for wheelchairs. We have a train carriage suitable for wheelchairs. The main roadways and many of the paths through gardens are accessible by wheelchair.
Dogs are permitted
Dogs on a lead are permitted but please lift droppings from paths and lawns.
Exceptions for Certain Breeds
As per the Control of Dogs Regulations 1998, extra duties are placed on the owners of the following breeds (or a cross of any of these):
• American Pit Bull Terrier
• Bull Mastiff
• Doberman Pinscher
• English Bull Terrier
• German Shepherd (Alsatian)
• Japanese Akita
• Japanese Tosa
• Rhodesian Ridgeback
• Staffordshire Bull Terrier
We prefer that these dogs do not appear in Oakfield Park given the number of children in the grounds, but if they must, it is ESSENTIAL that:
the dog is wearing a secure muzzle
the dog is on a strong leash no more than two metres long
the dog is led by a person over 16 years old, capable of controlling the dog
Group Visits and tours are available by prior arrangement for 20+ people.
Excellent group rates available. Please call or email us for a quotation for your group visit.
Check our Events page for upcoming Events that may suit your group.
Oakfield Park provides stunning photo opportunities, our perfectly manicured parkland offers unique views and experiences for your guests to enjoy a unique Donegal wedding with a difference.
If you would like to find out more about wedding photography at Oakfield Park, call us on 074 91 73922 or email [email protected].
From communions, confirmations and christenings, Oakfield Park is the ideal location to spend your special day. It’s also a great place to capture those special moments with a backdrop of lush green landscape. We have a fully licensed bar and restaurant and can tailor packages to suit your individual group.
Activities Not Permitted
Cycling, Ball Games, BBQ’s and flying Drones is not permitted in the gardens.
Whilst every effort is taken to ensure the safety of our visitors, parents and guardians must ensure that children are supervised at all times when in Oakfield Park – we cannot take responsibility for this.
Trains don’t stop quickly, there are many rough walkways and deep water in many locations around the grounds.
This park is fabulous! The grounds are very well kept with loads of wildlife! Plenty to see and do! Definitely on the list of things to do in Donegal
8/6/2021 – Tripadvisor
What a fantastic day
I went to Oakfield park with my 4 and 5 year old boys and in their words it was the best day of our holiday ever! From the start we were met with extremely kind and enthusiastic staff members who couldn’t be more helper. My son’s played in the playground and explored all Oakfield had to offer for six hours. It was so clean and well looked after. A hidden gem we will definitely be returning to.
7/7/2021 – TripAdvisor
Great day at Oakfield Park yesterday
Had a wonderful guided tour of the upper gardens (delighted to see 4 acres of wild flowers coming up and wild garlic everywhere) then strolled around the lower gardens later on. Scrap was still with us the last time we were here and his photo by the Faerie Tree is still one of my favourites. Oakfield is more beautiful than I remember and Morholt the Land Giant is amazing! Coffee at Buffers was great and cheap. Something for everyone.
30/05/2021 – Facebook
By FAR the best Santa experience we have visited. Every part is so well planned and feels so professional. From the train to the grotto to the outdoor entertainment and puppet show. My sons loved every bit of it. We ate at the restaurant and the food was so easy to order and quick. All round a 5* experience.
22/12/2020 – Tripadvisor
Fantastic jewel of a location.
Beautiful gardens and superbly maintained. It is beautifully presented with wonderful facilities and staff. The railway is a gem and so much fun. The restaurant has good value food and great coffee. So much to see in the grounds. Do not miss a visit to Oakfield.
21/08/2021 – Google
Get Your Season Pass
If you visit more than a couple of times a year, this is the best pass you can get. Visit as many times as you like.