The Workhouse

The Workhouse, Dunfanaghy: Address, Phone Number, The Workhouse Reviews: 4/5

The Workhouse
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almcilrath
Hillsborough, UK100 contributions
Very informative
Sep 2021
It is run by volunteers and was interesting for both adults and children. Good gift shop and information centre here as well.
Written 5 September 2021
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Paul O
County Monaghan, Ireland1,536 contributions
Enjoyable tour
Aug 2020
The tour costs €5 and lasts approx 30 mins and tells the life story of Hannah Herrity who lived though the famine among other things. The story is powerful and poignant. An enjoyable tour.
Written 25 August 2020
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DDF14
33 contributions
Interesting but not worth the admission fee
Aug 2019 • Family
Interesting to hear about the famine and the local workhouse. Can see an actual soup pot outside it. Done through an audio tour based around a single story, which is on a set time loop so can't go forward or backwards, as well as posters/props. Needs to be modernised. Takes about 20mins max. Overpriced for what it is. Nice looking cafe beside it though.
Written 17 August 2019
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,698 contributions
Very interesting
Aug 2019
I am not a fan of guided tours with audio guides, but I thought this was quite interesting. During 30min, you get to know the history of one of the residents of this Workhouse, and how life was so difficult during the Great Famine period.
Written 6 August 2019
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sashaw914
Derbyshire, UK5 contributions
The story of destitution.
Jul 2019 • Family
The children (13, 11, 9) thought this was really interesting as did we. Nice gift shop and cafe and good playground. Worth a visit.
Written 27 July 2019
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Peter K
Belfast, UK213 contributions
Shows how bad it was during the famine
Jun 2019 • Couples
This is run by volunteers and they do a great job. It takes you back 100 yeras and shows how bad things got in Ireland. Well worth a visit for an hour or so.
Written 11 June 2019
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mia h
12 contributions
This is the history of Ireland!
Jul 2018 • Family
As an American we always learn that many Irish came to the US to escape the potato famine but visiting the workhouse brought life to my understanding and depth of the problem.
Written 7 June 2019
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pampat
County Donegal, Ireland4 contributions
Interesting
May 2019 • Friends
As well as perusing the history end of the workhouse you can also treat yourself to lovely fresh food in the cafe. A lovely place to check out.
Written 26 May 2019
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gp1277
Belfast, UK4 contributions
Disappointing
May 2019 • Friends
Very disappointing, thought there would have been an actual room at least resembling what the workhouse was like. Instead,there are just 3 staged rooms and an audio tour which goes on a bit!!
Written 9 May 2019
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Darren M
Belfast, UK84 contributions
Good Value Audio Tour
Apr 2019 • Couples
The Workhouse is a short walk from Dunfanaghy centre and there is ample parking at the attraction. It costs €5 for adults and €4 concession.

There is a gift shop in the reception area which gives you something to do while waiting on the tour to start. There is a children’s play park also but I didn’t visit it.

We were the only visitors at the time so we got headphones and started the tour straight away. There are two rooms split in to an introductory section downstairs and a story of a famine survivor upstairs. The audio tour is very good and after that you can spend some time reading the wall displays.

You can spend around 30 minutes here. I would then l recommend visiting the famine graveyard where ‘Wee Hannah’ is buried along with other former workhouse residents.

To get to the graveyard you can search for ‘Clondahorkey Church’ on Google Maps. It’s about a 5 minute drive North of Dunfanaghy town in a place named ‘Kill’.

You can see the grave of Hannah and church ruins. Very thought provoking and it makes the museum real.
Written 13 April 2019
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