The Workhouse - Donegal Famine Heritage Centre

The Workhouse - Donegal Famine Heritage Centre

The Workhouse - Donegal Famine Heritage Centre
4
10:00 - 17:00
Monday
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
About
The Workhouse is a community heritage centre situated just South West of the village of Dunfanaghy. The Workhouse has been a centre for heritage and cultural events for the community and a central tourist information hub for visitors since 1995. We offer a number of facilities, including a craft shop, a coffee shop, a playpark, an exhibition and visitor information, as well as ample parking and the starting point of the Dunfanaghy Heritage Trail. This once-operational Workhouse is a monument of tragedy that, thanks to the local community, is now a centre for learning and culture for both Dunfanaghy and visitors to the area. Whether you're looking for information on things to do in the area, wanting to take a tour of our exhibition or just after a wee coffee and cake, make sure to call in and visit us!
Duration: 1-2 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.

Top ways to experience nearby attractions

See what travellers are saying
  • Nancy M
    139 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must for those interested in history
    This was such an interesting experience. The tour explores the experiences of those misfortunate enough to submit themselves and their families to what was said to be benevolent care but was actually quite horrible. They recorded a resident, Wee Hannah, and she describes her beyond incredible resilience. After leaving the workhouse she lives into her 90’s! Most were not so lucky. Be sure to also visit the graveyard in town to learn more.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 May 2023
  • Dmh
    Washington DC, District of Columbia15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting history lesson
    Great history lesson, engaging for teens in a wonderful little village. We spent the day in this town and loved it. Our guide was informative and the small group allowed us to ask all our questions.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 February 2024
  • David Larmour
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating & thought provoking experience
    Dunfanaghy workhouse museum may be small but it's a fascinating and sobering reminder of those terrible, not so distant times. To put it into personal perspective, 'Wee Hannah' a former inmate who lived through the famine was still alive when my parents were born. The audio tour, which takes about 30 minutes, consists of several rooms depicting the living conditions in the workhouse and the life history of Wee Hannah who survived one of the darkest periods in Irish history. It's a very emotional story. There is also a small cafe and souvenir shop, both of which it's well worth supporting. If you're visiting Dunfanaghy, do visit the workhouse museum.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 May 2024
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.
4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles142 reviews
Excellent
66
Very good
49
Average
16
Poor
9
Terrible
2

David Larmour
Northern Ireland14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Dunfanaghy workhouse museum may be small but it's a fascinating and sobering reminder of those terrible, not so distant times. To put it into personal perspective, 'Wee Hannah' a former inmate who lived through the famine was still alive when my parents were born.

The audio tour, which takes about 30 minutes, consists of several rooms depicting the living conditions in the workhouse and the life history of Wee Hannah who survived one of the darkest periods in Irish history. It's a very emotional story.

There is also a small cafe and souvenir shop, both of which it's well worth supporting. If you're visiting Dunfanaghy, do visit the workhouse museum.
Written 14 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Dmh
Washington DC, DC15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Family
Great history lesson, engaging for teens in a wonderful little village. We spent the day in this town and loved it. Our guide was informative and the small group allowed us to ask all our questions.
Written 18 February 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

coffee drinker
Ballymena, UK106 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Called at the workhouse to collect some local information and grab a coffee. There was no welcome and the service at the cafe was disappointing. There were a couple of tray bakes which looked well past their use by date. The coffee was really bitter and undrinkable. Then to make matters worse we were given a little bottle of stale uncovered milk which had been sitting at another table for goodness knows how long.
Written 2 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Nancy M
139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
This was such an interesting experience. The tour explores the experiences of those misfortunate enough to submit themselves and their families to what was said to be benevolent care but was actually quite horrible. They recorded a resident, Wee Hannah, and she describes her beyond incredible resilience. After leaving the workhouse she lives into her 90’s! Most were not so lucky. Be sure to also visit the graveyard in town to learn more.
Written 25 May 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Cathe M
Niagara Falls, Canada130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
On the outskirts of a Donegal town the original buildings have been converted to a small Museum and Cafe. The employees who are volunteers were very welcoming and informative. The museum is small, and you are guided with headphones which give a near complete overview of the hard times. The exhibition is well laid out and the audio descriptions and artefacts provide a fascinating insight of how our ancestors had to endure when they fell on hard times. Very moving. the story of Hannah tells us just how bad it was in those times.
Written 27 September 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tara
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Not pet friendly. Was not able to enter, even to look at gift shop as had a small and well controlled dog
Written 14 August 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

CharlotteHarvey
Shenzhen, China111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
It is small but very informative.It gives you a sense of what it must have been like in the famine-awful. It is tastefully done. There’s a wee shop and also a tea room.
Written 19 July 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Carich2022
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
The employees were very welcoming and informative. The exhibition is well laid out and the audio descriptions and artefacts provide a fascinating insight into the period through the story of a local woman.
Written 8 May 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

tom guist
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Fascinating insight into the workhouse during the time of the Irish famine.Staff very friendly and helpful.well worth a visit.
Written 5 May 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Roro M
Garristown, Ireland6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Very enjoyable and informative tour, friendly staff and a lovely, cosy café you can spend hours in with a good book
Written 19 December 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 139
Revenue impacts the experiences featured on this page, learn more.
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

THE WORKHOUSE - DONEGAL FAMINE HERITAGE CENTRE: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

All things to do in Dunfanaghy
RestaurantsFlightsHoliday RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire