The brave, the bold and the desperate. Follow in the footsteps of those who fled the famine.
The Jeanie Johnston, located just two minutes’ walk from EPIC, tells the story of the thousands of Irish people who fled the Famine and embarked on a treacherous voyage in the hope of a better life in North America. Step on board and you will be transported back in time to join them on their gruelling journey.
Meet the passengers from the past: A humanitarian captain, a noble doctor, a pregnant woman, a woman and her children in search of her husband and 2 terrified orphans. Can they survive the journey?
Experience a Famine ship firsthand: See the conditions they travelled in, imagine what the voyage was like and explore a tall ship.
Award-winning tour guides: Our passionate and knowledgeable guides are talented storytellers who will bring history to life and answer all your questions.
Informative 50-minute tour: An experience that will stay with you long after the tour ends. One of Dublin’s top tourist attractions.
The tour takes approximately 50 minutes and begins with a walk around the upper deck, where you will see the majestic masts, admire the craftsmanship and learn about the ship’s history. Take a deep breath and go below deck to experience the cramped quarters where up to 250 passengers spent most of their time, only emerging for a half an hour of fresh air each day.
Learn about their grim voyage in cramped and filthy conditions and the risks they faced from disease, starvation and disaster. Hear how they passed the time on their traumatic voyage and discover what fate awaited them.
“Gives visitors an insight into the lengths to which the emigrants had to go to try to escape the horrors at home. The Famine Museum is rich in the terrible history of the time and is a must see for all who visit Dublin.”