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Irish Workhouse Centre

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Portumna, Galway
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45 mins by Car
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From €5.00
irish workhouse centre

Explore the most interesting and informative Irish history at the Irish Workhouse Centre, located in Portumna, County Galway, just 45 minutes from Prince of Wales Hotel.

The Irish Workhouse Centre Portumna is dedicated to telling the story of the Irish Workhouse. There were 163 workhouses operated in Ireland from the early 1840s to the early 1920s. It was built for 600 inmates on 8 acres of land and opened in 1852 until the earlier part of the twentieth century.  The workhouse in Portumna is one of the best-preserved workhouses in the country, with all seven buildings intact including:

Block A – Girls’ Building including waiting hall, school room and probationary ward

Block B – Boys’ Building including master’s quarters

Block C – Women’s Building including matron’s quarters

Block D – Men’s Building

Block E – Chapel & Kitchen/Dining Area

Block F –Laundry Building

Block G – Infirmary

The Irish Workhouse Centre is worthwhile for all couples, families, groups and individuals to visit. Some of the centre facilities include:

  • Public car park/coach park
  • Toilet
  • Teas/Coffees for groups only, book in advance
  • Limited wheelchair access
  • Audio/visual
  • Information leaflets in French, German and Polish

The Irish Workhouse Centre Portumna Opening Times:

  • Open 7 days a week from 9:30 am – 17:00 pm
  • Last tour 16:30 pm

School tours are tailored to suit students of all ages.

*Note: Advance booking is a must for groups of 10 or more people. Group discount available.


Attraction Details

Portumna, Galway