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“Absolutely facinating - well worth a visit”

Doagh Famine Village
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Belfast
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58 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Absolutely facinating - well worth a visit”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

A truly interesting day out. The guide really knew how to deliver his info - covered the Famine, The Troubles in the North without giving a biased view for either side. We learnt some fascinating facts about how todays phrased were coined - snuff it, wake etc. It really made me think about our history and I`m spurred on to find out more.
The safe house was really interesting but the true highlight was the `haunted house` - us 3 grown ups screamed like 10 year olds and laughed til we ached !
If it hadn't be so bitter cold we would have stayed longer - but we`ll be back for another visit soon.
The steaming hot pot of tea and fresh wheaten bread was very welcome after the tour !

Visited May 2013
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Frome, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“What a suprise”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

We had no idea what to expect from visiting this village. It comprises of a group of thatched single dwellings tucked behind grass covered sand dunes. We were welcomed with tea, coffee, wheaten bread and biscuits served inside one of the dwellings that was stacked with memrobilia collected over a period of time. Our tour then began with a guide that had lived in one of the cottages. He talked about life in the area from the 1600s to present time and guided us through visual displays some of which were interactive. Our guide was so informative and challenged our ideas of famine, landowners, religion, wealth,death and bankers so we were disscussing this trip to well into the next day. Wear warm clothes as the cottages can be cold, but be prepared to be moved and occasionally feel unsettled by visiting here.

Visited April 2013
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Bath
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“An excellent tour”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

The name famine village is a misnomer really, as the guide drew comparisons with the Irish Famine and famines around the world, as well as explaining about the Troubles, the issues between Catholics and Protestants, rich landlords and poor tenant farmers (which he aligned to the banking crisis today), the Orange Order and much much more. You can easily spend two informative (and, at times, very moving) hours in this extraordinary place. We learnt why we use the word "wake", and where the expressions "blind drunk" and "snuffed it" came from. We also toured an original cottage - so much to say!

Well done to the team who run it. Highly recommended.

Visited May 2013
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Doagh Famine Village”
Reviewed May 4, 2013

We had a lovely time visiting the village on a day with lovely weather. Its always nice to find a place of interest at the end of a winding country road. When we arrived we were met by a pleasant welcoming host and a good strong cup of tea and wheaten bread and then we had an informative guide show us around. After we had a wander around ourselves and found the displays very interesting and unusual (and some a bit scary!). Definately worth a visit.

Visited April 2013
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed May 4, 2013

Called on 17th April on a trip to Malin Head.Even in wet wether I recommend visiting as there is a lot of covered in areas.The criticism in review of 15th April about it becoming a Roman Catholic grotto is no longer appropriate as the offending crucifix and statues have been removed.The owners make an effort to give a balanced view of the history of the area.

Visited April 2013
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