The Workhouse - Donegal Famine Heritage Centre

The Workhouse - Donegal Famine Heritage Centre

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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
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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!
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Cathe M
Niagara Falls, Canada136 contributions
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
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Tara
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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
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CharlotteHarvey
Shenzhen, China110 contributions
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
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Carich2022
1 contribution
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
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tom guist
4 contributions
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
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Roro M
3 contributions
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
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almcilrath
Hillsborough, UK103 contributions
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, Ireland2,755 contributions
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
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, Ireland2,701 contributions
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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