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Tour of workhouse on Sun 16th Sept

Such an informative tour of a sad and horrific past. Excellently and professionally delivered by... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Vivienne M
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Irish history not to be missed

Visited Workhouse at Portumna last week, very moving experience. It brings it home to you what... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Galway, Ireland
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St Brigid's Road, Portumna, Ireland
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Such an informative tour of a sad and horrific past. Excellently and professionally delivered by the tour guide who really know her stuff and one could tell she had a passion and bond with the history of the workhouse. Due to the nature of the...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Visited Workhouse at Portumna last week, very moving experience. It brings it home to you what previous generations suffered at the hands of cruel landlords. It is a great place to visit guided tour was excellent, very knowledgeable and friendly guide. A great display of...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Memorable and moving.An overwhelming and lasting impression of desperate familys, inhumane conditions and corrupt governers.I left with a much clearer understanding of the discrimination of the Irish by detached and uncaring men in Westminster. Should be supported just as much as any other historic establishment...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A fascinating place to ponder and learn about a very sad period of irish history. We had a very knowledgeable and friendly guide, Paula who shared some of the history of the Irish workhouses. A bonus was the sculpture exhibition by Kieran Tuohy and family...More

1  Thank Kerry C
Reviewed 1 week ago

In the 1840's, workhouses like this were built as the English state's response to the poverty in Ireland. They were quickly overwhelmed by the numbers trying to enter as a result of the potato harvest failing repeatedly. It is harrowing to learn from the informative...More

1  Thank Peter M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the Centre to pick up maps for the area and ended up staying for hours. The tour given by David was terrific. His engagement with the story about this time in their history was moving, informative, and such a glimpse into the...More

2  Thank Jeffrey W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Probably at €7 it is the best attraction in Ireland. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendy (but then l was in Ireland!) The tour took about an hour resulting in a real introduction into how the poor were treated at that time.

1  Thank Wynn D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to Ireland a million times and never visited a workhouse before. This was an amazing visit. My children and I learned so much. This workhouse was in full swing just after the famine and we were told that many people entered the...More

1  Thank ashford7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Workhouse in mid-August during Ireland's 'Heritage Week' (it's a week of heritage events all around the country). On two different days we received free talks and booklets on Irish history from the manager of the centre who's brilliant. We were welcomed as...More

1  Thank Bernard C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So much to say , just going there should get the tear ducts flowing. A MUST SEE! The Tour is worth it, also you can go online and search your Family history to see if anyone from your family was unlucky enough to reside here....More

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Breda C
31 August 2018|
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Response from IkBenMaaike | Reviewed this property |
Yes, individual adults pay 7 euros each. I think they have group rates to. Opening hours are 9:30 to 17:00, and only with a guide.
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26 July 2018|
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Response from Martin B | Reviewed this property |
We spent approximately two hours there and we enjoyed A nice cup of coffee while watching the video about the centre