Planning Your Visit

Hours and Rates

Open 7 days a week, from 9.30 to 5pm.

The Workhouse is closed for the winter but will reopen in February 2019.

Advance booking for groups of 10 or more people appreciated.
Group discounts available, please phone for rates.

School tours are tailored to suit age of students.

Tel: 00-353  (0)90  9759200


All monies received goes towards conservation works on the Irish Workhouse Centre.
The centre is operated by South-East Galway IRD Ltd, a not-for-profit community company.

Rates Details Price
Adults €7
Seniors  Aged 65+ €5
Students €5
Families 2 adults & children €15
 Under 13s  €3
 Under 7s  Free
 School Groups  Adults/Teachers Free  €3 per student


Getting here

If traveling by car, you can plan your journey on – see the route planner on the site.

Note, there is a six times daily bus service to and from Ballinasloe Railway Station and town. For more, see

Contact the Local Bus: 090-9741867

Kearns Transport –


Approximate Driving Distances from Portumna to:

Birr – 30 mins

Loughrea – 30 mins

Limerick – 1 hour

Galway –   1 hour

Ballinasloe – 30 mins

Athlone – 1 hour

Dublin – 2 hrs 15 mins

Mountshannon – 45 mins

Shannon Airport – 1 hr 20 mins



Sat. Nav. Coordinates: 53°05’59.3″N 8°13’22.9″W

The Irish Workhouse Centre is easy to find.  It is located on St Brigid’s Road, a 10 minute walk from the Bank of Ireland Corner. The Centre is just past the schools.  There is a large sign at the entrance.

From the Dublin/Athlone/Ballinasloe direction, the Irish Workhouse Centre is on the left as you enter the town.

From the Loughrea/Galway direction, on entering Portumna, turn left at Al Hayes Motors, signposted for Ballinasloe.  Then take the first right.  You will see the Irish Workhouse Centre on your left.

From the Tipperary direction, drive over Portumna Bridge, continue straight, turn right at Bank of Ireland, continue on.  The Irish Workhouse Centre is on your right.

From the Woodford/County Clare direction, continue straight ahead as you enter Portumna, turn left at Bank of Ireland, continue on and the Irish Workhouse Centre is on your right.



  • Public car park/coach park
  • Fully accesible toilet facilities
  • Teas/Coffees for groups only – booked in advance
  • Photography and video allowed
  • Due to the  nature of the buildings, access for visitors who have difficulty walking /wheelchair users is limited.
  • Audio Visual
  • Information Leaflets in French, German & Polish

The Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna, Co. Galway, Ireland.

Tel: 00-353 (0) 90-9759200 |