The Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna

(4.8/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • A very interesting place to visit. Our guide was very knowledgeable and took time to answer all our questions. A great place to learn about the history of the famine times in Ireland.  more »
  • A visit to the workhouse helps clarify the complex picture of Irish emigration in the 19th century. Built just post-famine, the Portumna workhouse still held many who, having lost their leases, found ...  more »
  • This is the actual Portumna Work House. You can see where people who were evicted had to live and work very hard. They were separated from family members and given little to eat. Our guide was excepti...  more »
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  • I had a great guide the day I went to this centre and I think that makes such a difference with heritage tours. Places like this prove that we can have the highest standards in this country without charging an arm and a leg or spending a fortune. We even got tea and cake afterwards as there's a festival on in the town. Well recommended.
  • Thanks for opening especially for us today. Such a thought-provoking experience. Warmly recommended.
  • Thanks to the Guys for opening especially for our group. It really was a memorable experience. Such food for thought...
  • This place stopped us in our tracks and it was such an unexpected surprise on our visit to the area. The friendliness of the people and the manner in which the compelling story of the Workhouse was told will live long in the memory. Thank you to the team there for such a touching and memorable experience.
  • Thanks to everyone for a lovely welcome. Amazing to see how hard our ancestors had life. Great staff.