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 Kilkenny Union Workhouse, adjacent to Kilkenny Train Station, now beautifully restored as MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre to take this FREE audio visual self-led tour.

Hear the heartbreaking and poignant human stories recorded in local newspaper articles and minute books from the Board of Guardians, a true reflection of the Kilkenny Famine Experience from the perspective of the Workhouse inmates and staff.

Learn about the ground-breaking research carried out as the result of the unexpected discovery of over 970 human remains in 2005, described as the most significant discovery in the world relating to the Irish Famine. These remains, the Kilkenny Famine Victims offered groundbreaking osteo-archaeological insights into the influencing factors that made some survive and more perish in 1840’s Ireland.

Visit the final resting place of these victims and pay respect to their memory at the Famine Memorial Garden. View the beautiful bronze sculpture commissioned in 2017 to honor their memory. Reconnect to them as individuals; realising that each had names, complex feelings, relationships, hopes and fears facing Ireland’s darkest period in history.

Meet the young Saul brothers, John and Patrick who sought refuge in the Workhouse in 1842 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.

Tour Details

Opening Hours:
Mon – Friday:
9.30am – 12noon, 2pm – 4.30pm

Saturday-Sunday- Bank Holidays:
12.30pm – 4pm

Tour Duration: 50 minutes
Suitable for children – parental discretion advised.

Security deposit or passport required to release handheld device – fully refundable


Book your Tickets

Select your tour time below to book your place on the tour. You can select a date in the next section.

MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre (Next to train station),
Hebron Road, Kilkenny
Tel: +353 56 7777600

This Project is supported by:

Kilkenny Famine Experience is supported by the Creative Ireland Programme, an all-of-Government five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy. Further information from creative.ireland.ie and ireland.ie