Oakfield Park is host to a spectacular collection of garden sculptures, crafted by talented artists from wood, stone and metal. The sculptures are dotted around the Upper and Lower gardens for you to find as you make your way around the gardens.

 

A child sits on one half of the Love Seat

Wooden Sculpture

Art on a Large Scale

In the Lower Gardens, there are many sculptures to take pleasure from. “The Longsleeper” by Lockie Morris is the largest, constructed from oak and steel it enthrals, whether on the train or on foot. Other sculptures include “The Keepers of the Knowledge” and “Serene” by Owen Crawford, the “Love Seat” and a number of expertly crafted chainsaw sculptures by local carver, Gintas Poderys.

Deer by Rupert Till, in the paddock

Sculpture Garden

Beautiful Artwork to Impress a Feeling

Other important garden sculpture in Oakfield park includes “Reading Chaucer” by renowned sculptor Philip Jackson, known for his bronze sculptures depicting life-sized elongated figures. Then there is “Deer” by Rupert Till, two life-size mesh statues by one of the leading contemporary wire sculptors in the UK.

Railway Information

Difflin Lake Railway

Duchess of Difflin

Earl of Oakfield

Bishop Twysden

  • Architect
    A & E Wright, Belfast
  • Consultant
    Martin’s Models Garden Railways
  • Gauge
    15 inches
  • Length of Track
    4km (2.5 miles) including sidings
  • Rail
    Steel, S7, 14lb/yard
  • Minimum Radius
    65 ft. (22 metres)
  • Ruling Gradient
    1 in 30 straight, 1 in 45 curves
  • Sleepers
    Galvanised steel and treated softwood

Duchess of Difflin

  • Built By
    Exmoor Steam Railway Co.
  • Delivered
    February 2003
  • Overall Width
    45 inches (1.1 meters)
  • Length
    10 ft. (3.05 meters)
  • Height
    5 ft. 10 inches (1.8 meters)
  • Weight
    3.2 tonnes
  • Driving Wheels
    14 inch (355mm) diameter
  • Boiler Pressure
    150 lb./sq. in.

Earl of Oakfield

  • Built By
    Alan Keef Ltd.
  • Features
    Perkins 103.10 3-Cylinder diesel engine
  • Length
    8 ft. (2.4m)
  • Height
    6 ft. (1.8m)
  • Width
    4 ft. (1.2m)
  • Built By
    James Duncan
  • Overall Width
    3 ft. (0.92 meters)
  • Length
    6 ft. 7 inches (2.0 meters)
  • Height
    6 ft. 2 inches (1.9 meters)
  • Weight
    2.0 tonnes
  • Driving Wheels
    12 inch (300mm) diameter

Amazing

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

Gloria

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.

A_Ui_Mhathuna

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.

Terence McCann

30/05/2021 – Facebook

Santa Express

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.

SarahApple17

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.

John Hayes

21/08/2021 – Google

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