One of Irelands best hidden attractions. The family owned Toy Soldier Factory has been established in Ireland since 1976. It is situated in the beautiful little village of Killnamartyra, half way between Killarney town and Cork City on the main N22 road only a short distance from Macroom town. A trip to the visitor centre is both an educational and fun experience for all the family. The factory produces hundreds of different black vulcanised rubber moulds that allows you, the customer, to cast your own model soldiers, chess sets, animals and other figurines in metal as many times as you wish.
The gift shop is filled with hand painted soldiers and themed chess sets from many time periods in history as well as fantasy creatures, even jolly little leprechauns. All figurines are hand painted here at the factory.
We also stock Jewellery, Puzzles, Pewter gifts, PaPo figures, Irish hero’s such as Michael Collins, Brian Boru, Hugh O Neill just to mention a few. We manufacture a huge rage of Tolkien’s figures from JR Tolkien’s Books, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. All these creatures from the mightiest dragon to the tiniest hobbits are available in hand painted or a pewter finish.
Thousands of tourists visit the Toy Soldier Factory which is free to the public and you can experience first hand how to cast a miniature, you can also take part in our Make and Paint workshops for a little charge.
Make fantasy into reality.
What to expect when you visit the Toy Soldier Factory
We give live casting demonstrations every half an hour in how to cast a metal Toy Soldier! Learn about the history of the ‘Prince August’ brand. There's no fake machinery or actors - it's a REAL working factory, with REAL workers and REAL processes. See the mould maker making the moulds, watch in amazement at the painters painting the figures.
One of the only places in the world to see Tin Soldiers being cast the same way that they have been since the 17th Century. Watch closely as a Tin Soldier is cast right before your eyes. It’s not just a factory but also a visitor centre that allows the child inside each person to unleash its creative spirit.
A visit is a Must!
Note: Map is an approximate indication ONLY. Please contact Prince August Toy Soldier Factory for directions and precise location prior to your visit.