Kilkenny Famine Experience 2021-05-30T13:25:38+00:00

Kilkenny Famine Experience

COVID 19 Policies

  • Max group numbers – 5
  • Larger groups can be accommodated with staggered start times
  • Disposable earphones available to purchase for €2 or bring your own!
  • Full contact tracing in place
  • All devices fully sanitized before and after use
  • Face coverings must be worn
  • Disposable face masks are available to purchase for €1

Visit the Kilkenny Union Workhouse, now beautifully restored as MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre to take this FREE AV tour. The tour will bring you around the buildings of the Workhouse telling the human stories of the inmates that lived and died within the walls.

Learn about the unexpected discovery of over 970 human remains described as the most significant discovery in the world relating to the Irish Famine.

Meet the young Saul brothers, John and Patrick who sought refuge in the Workhouse in 1841 after being abandoned by their parents on the docks in Dublin. Faced with an arduous journey on foot back to Clonmel they presented at the Workhouse and were admitted.

“Excellent and a credit to all involved. Dr Jonny Geber on video brought it to life for us”

Teacher, Kilkenny College

“Fabulous Tour, informative and emotional”

Olive, Kilkenny

“Very powerful & thoughtful, thank you…”

Michael, New York

Book online to secure your space at:

Tour Operating Times

Monday – Friday: 9.30am – 12noon & 2pm – 4.30pm

Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays: 12.30pm – 4pm

Tour Duration 50mins

  • Suitable for children-parental discretion advised

  • Bus Parking

  • 1000 Car Park Spaces

  • Free WiFi

  • Wheelchair Accessible