The Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna

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Must see · Architectural Building · Historic Site
The Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna is the only centre in Ireland dedicated to telling the story of the Irish Workhouse. It is located in a real workhouse in Portumna, one of the best preserved workhouses in the country, with all seven buildings intact.
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  • The tour of the workhouse was very interesting. Everything was explained very well by our tourguide Mary. Its a very bleak place, but it makes you realise how lucky we are to have been born in a...  more »
  • A great tour and such an interesting and sad history attached to the building loved the tour as it was informative for such an interesting tome in Irish history  more »
  • We had a wonderful tour of the workhouse today. The experience was sobering and enlightening, but our guide managed to convey the harsh reality of life in the workhouse while also offering an...  more »
  • It was one of the most interesting tours iv been on. The staff are all so welcoming and amazing and our tour guide was so informative intelligent and pleasant. Ready to answer any questions we had. It had an eerie vibe to the place as expected due to its history. I found it most intriguing. I was full of emotions throughout the tour.
  • My wife and I got a wonderful tour from a very knowledgeable young lady. I agree that it was one of the most comprehensive and interesting tours I’ve ever taken. It highlights a very sad but important part of Irish and British history that had a ripple effect reaching and forming Canada, the US and Australia. There are important lessons to be learned from a society that’s lost its moral compass.
  • The folks here are doing a super job preserving the history of the Workhouses. Our Docent was very knowledgeable and personable. It's sad but important to learn about this history. It's a highly recommend visit.
  • Really enjoyed the tour. Roisin was very knowledgeable and helpful. They are doing fantastic work to preserve an important piece of Irish history. Would definitely recommend a visit. The complementary drinks and biscuits were much appreciated too!
  • Excellent tour,a great insight into our past under shameful English rule.our guide Paula was fantastic. It was lashing rain and a bit chilly going about the buildings, so be advised to bring a jacket if it's cool out.

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