The Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna

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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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  • Had a free hour in Portumna and decided to visit this workhouse and museum. I was just in time for a tour being led by a young man named Aaron. He gave a terrific and inspired overview of the history....  more
    Had a free hour in Portumna and decided to visit this workhouse and museum. I was just in time for a tour being led by a young man named Aaron. He gave a terrific and inspired overview of the history....  more »
  • Such a fantastic, but grim, tour full of historical information. It can get a bit cold in the West outside of summer months so wrap up 
    Such a fantastic, but grim, tour full of historical information. It can get a bit cold in the West outside of summer months so wrap up  more »
  • Recently I visited the workhouse in Portumna. We had a wonderful knowledgeable tour guide, she sure knew her workhouse history and was most informative and sympathetic to the past souls of the... 
    Recently I visited the workhouse in Portumna. We had a wonderful knowledgeable tour guide, she sure knew her workhouse history and was most informative and sympathetic to the past souls of the...  more »
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  • Highly recommend. Really interesting and informative tour currently held at 12, 2 and 4pm daily. Our tour guide was really interesting and clearly highly researched in the workhouse histories. Very insightful and respectful tour outlining and honouring a dark period of Irish history.
  • Absolutely worth a visit! Very reasonably priced and tour was just the right length. I could have listened to the guides all day long but an hour is about right so the kids don't become fed up. As for the tour guide & staff, all very friendly and full of local knowledge. I knew very little about the workhouses and have never seen one open to the public before. Hopefully in the future they will be able to restore more of the buildings and it will be even better. Well done folks, keep up the good work!
  • The guided tour is well worth it. The staff are extremely committed and knowledgeable. The tour is fascinating, thought provoking and poignant.
  • A super historical place, definitely worth a visit. The lady doing the tour was very informative. Takes about an hour for the tour
  • This was one of the best tours I've ever done in Ireland. Our first intro was booking the tour via Claire on the phone who was super helpful and welcoming. Dolores, our wonderfully engaging and sincere guide, took us sensitively through a very sad part of Ireland's past. She took the time to answer all our questions and was all-round brilliant. We'd encourage everyone to visit this unique historical spot, a place that's been preserved through the Trojan efforts of the local community with minimal State funding. Please support. You won't spend a more worthwhile couple of euros.

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