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Address: Dunfanaghy, Ireland
Phone Number: 074-36540
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Interesting History Lesson

This little museum chronicles the life of a young girl who survives the workhouse, the last resort for starving famine victims. Audio tour with headsets lead the visitor through a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 1, 2014
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Gibbon, Nebraska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Its largely based on an oral presentation of the life of one of the work house inhabitants. The story is grim but well told, what the museum lacks really is any depth, there are few artifacts that set the story in its context or give any other views of life in the workhouse

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

It could be a lot better. There was no opportunity to see the lifestyle of our ancestors. There was a oral account, but little else. Disappointing!

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Gibbon, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This little museum chronicles the life of a young girl who survives the workhouse, the last resort for starving famine victims. Audio tour with headsets lead the visitor through a 45 minute self-guided tour. It is a testimony to the strength of the human spirit! We went to two famine museums after seeing this. Cute little coffee shop that had... More 

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Display / exhibition, cafe and lovely craft shop. Great service in the cafe and very helpful - lovely homemade soup and bread. Display interesting insight into Workhouse life - very difficult time! Craft shop has got beautiful items for sale - bought a Donegal woven rug.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We stopped in during Heritage Week so we got to see a beautiful video of a collection of old photos, the Workhouse is very interesting and tells a hard but very interesting story about what life was like for people in workhouses, the gift shop has the most beautiful little souvenirs and crafts, the coffee shop is lovely and the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

The Dunfanaghy workhouse is situated on the N56 just outside the seaside town of Dunfanaghy and is well worth a visit. The building which houses the exhibition is part of the old workhouse that was set up to supposedly alleviate the conditions for the pauper Irish just before and during An Gorta Mor (The great hunger). The exhibition is an... More 

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Glasgow, Scotland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We came here to pass some time and have lunch while we waited for our horse riding slots at Dunfanaghy stables. The cafe was ok. The bread for sandwiches wasn't the best but it was a bank holiday Monday we visited. The coffee was also just ok and scalding hot! The lady at the reception was just lovely. So helpful.... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

After been disappointed by a restaurant in the town we stopped here for a cup of coffee and a slice of cake ! We found the cafe to be very friendly and on ordering tea for instance we were immediately asked whether we wanted extra hot water ...the slices of cake (carrot , apple & cinnamon and Raspberry and white... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The workhouse is a fascinating place which brings to life the hardships of the poor Irish back in the times of the famine, through the life of Wee Hannah. The attraction is accompanied by an audio transcript, which details the history of the workhouse & Hannah. The attraction is run by local people and takes around 30 mins to go... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

great little spot for kids. There aren't too many parks in donegal and our kids love the pirate themed park. Also some decent history around the place we haven't had chance to explore this. Nice but unspectacular coffee

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