The Steam Museum, County Kildare

This museum is housed, appropriately, in a church which once stood in the Inchicore railway works in Dublin. Inside the museum, there's a fine collection of models of steam locomotives, including two used in the late 19th century by the Great Northern Railway. The museum also has a fine selection of steam engines used for industrial propulsion, including a huge beam engine used in the Midleton whiskey distillery in County Cork, a pumping engine employed in Jameson's distillery in Dublin, and a large beam engine installed in Smithwick's brewery, Kilkenny, in 1847. Steaming Kettle tearoom.

32km (20 miles) W of Dublin.
Turn off N7, Dublin-Naas road at Kill.
Admission charge.
Open Sun, bank holidays, Apr, May, Sept, bank holidays, June-Aug, or by arrangement.
Tel. (01) 627 3155/ 628 8412.