Museum

Irish Workhouse Centre

7 locals recommend

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Karolina
March 7, 2020
The workhouse museum is very interesting an a worthwhile visit to see what life was like. The workhouse was an institution which operated in Ireland for a period of some 80 years, from the early 1840s to the early 1920s. There were 163 workhouses in total. If people could not support themselves, they could come into the workhouse. Here they would do some work in return for food. People had to stay and live in the workhouse and so the system was known as indoor relief. You get a guided tour by knowledgeable guides who make this an educational yet fun experience. There's tea and coffee and a ten min video, it is definitely a worthwhile visit.
The workhouse museum is very interesting an a worthwhile visit to see what life was like. The workhouse was an institution which operated in Ireland for a period of some 80 years, from the early 1840s to the early 1920s. There were 163 workhouses in total. If people could not support themselves, t…
Mary
September 6, 2021
This is a must visit ...to understand a tragic part of our history but also how the human spirit overcomes indescribable obstacles and challenges
Sarah
February 28, 2022
The workhouse has been described as “the most feared and hated institution ever established in Ireland.
Trish & Jim
May 17, 2017
great history, tourist office also located here
Alfie
June 25, 2021
A great depiction of a not-so-nice era of Irish history.

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Saint Brigids Road
Portumna, G
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