The Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna

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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  • August 17, 2017
    Really enjoyed the interesting tour with our guide, David, who was very passionate about history in general and specially the history of the workhouse located just outside Portumna village. The volunt...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Fantastic tour of the workhouse. Well worth a visit. Out tour guide was brilliant. She was fantastic and understanding with out children  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    The Irish Workhouse Centre provides a very good insight into an important part of Irish History. Our tour guide Nuala provided a detailed tour of the workhouse and brought to life the story of the poo...  more »
  • June 17, 2017
    This place has good reviews but I was not sure when I went in first. Inside however we were treated to a terrific tour by two guides who clearly love what they do. They insisted we join them for coffee afterwards too. A warm telling of difficult story. Top marks.
  • June 3, 2017
    History and atmosphere, a great experience of what life was for the unfortunate of the time. Striking and poignant images and articles direct from the period; a dish or spoon an inmate probably fed themselves with, are now displayed crumbling and rusted. ...the past is brought to life with great skill and earnestness by the local guides. Their love for the place and area is clearly and enthusiasticly evident. You will learn much in just an hour and spend the rest of the day pondering the people, the place, the times and the politics.
  • June 9, 2017
    Perhaps the best single word to describe the experience of visiting the Irish Workhouse is, sobering. A lot of time has passed since those desperate days, but the tour brought them back to clear focus. A visit is a must for anyone with an eye toward understanding how we got to where we are today, and to get a grasp on the roots of today's attitudes and institutions.
  • May 13, 2017
    A very moving experience. Like stepping back in time. Great tour guide. Loved the contents they keep finding that belonged to the workhouse. I would highly recommend it.
  • June 20, 2017
    We want to thank the Workhouse staff for their ongoing efforts in terms of research and, critically, for the interpretation of the subject matter in such a comprehensive tour. Excellent stuff folks.

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