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Doagh Famine Village, County Donegal

(4.3/5 based on 800+ reviews on the web)
Portraying Irish life from the 1840s until the present day, Doagh Famine Village features authentic thatched cottages filled with period furniture and other everyday artifacts. This living history museum allows you to see how the country's rural areas changed over the last two centuries, dealing with dramatic events that included a series of devastating potato famines. As you take this walk through history, look for reconstructions of typical daily scenes, which explain regional beliefs associated with the traditional waking of the dead. Admission into the village includes a guided tour, along with a complimentary snack with hot beverages and biscuits. Use our Malin trip itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Doagh Famine Village and other attractions in Malin.
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  • I loved this visit. Took me away back in time and the tour guide was brilliant. Give us a great indepths of what life was like back in the time of the famine. I just loved this place and cannot wait t...  more »
  • Everyone was raving about this place so decided to give it a go. Checked on the website and it gave the opening hours but when we arrived a large sign declared "Closed for the Season". Obviously it do...  more »
  • I've brought my kids here about 10 times now and unfortunately this was our last as the youngest will be too old next year (his words). We brought Granny with us too as it was her birthday the followi...  more »
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  • Very little about the famine, the entire section on the famine was very poor and the whole site is slightly weird. In one section (famine) it depicted a starvation of the people of Ireland unable to eat because of the potato blight and then the next section depicted the hangar strikers, people who choose to starve themselves. The similarities between the two couldn't be further from each other in reality and what the hangar strike by terrorists have to do with the great famine where men, women and children died in their thousands wasn't by their choice. The idea of the famine village (which probably started as a genuine portrayal) has become overtaken by someone's political view. Unfortunately Not worth the drive.
  • This place is misnamed. It has very little to do with the great famine of 1845-52. They exhibit a cabin used up to early 1950s with 20th century artifacts, a 1960s Inishowen House interior, an eviction scene, some references to the potato blight, scale model landlord's estate, but no famine-era cottage depiction/artifacts. A misrepresentation of their name.
  • Amazing... the tour guides were so passionate about the tour you think it just happened. This is a must see and would of stayed the day. We learned alot and that very rarely happens on a tour.
  • This place is a must! It's not like other villages where you hopelessly wander around. Tour guides make you feel what it was like in those days, tell a lot of stories (like where "saved by the bell" comes from), explain the rituals, habbits and beliefs of ordinary people. Once tour is complete you are free to explore every bit of the place. It's rather for adults, but children would benefit too. Tour is about 1h, after that allow additional hour to look around yourself. If you want to go through it all and read all signage allow up to 3-4 hours
  • Incredible and informative place to visit! Two brilliant and amazing guides. A must see!