Attractions & Exhibits

Below is a selection of some of the attractions & exhibits you will find when visiting.

ORIGINAL THATCHED DWELLINGS

The whole attraction is built around and includes original thatched dwellings.

These thatched dwellings were still inhabited up until 1983 by the owners family and one of your tour guides, Pat Doherty.

The thatched dwellings are still maintained and re-thatched every year by traditional methods.

IRISH WAKE

This traditional send-off for the dead still continues in this northerly part of Donegal.

Rather than sending our dead to a funeral home, the remains of our loved ones are kept in the home until it is time for burial.

The custom of waking the dead has a rich history. Many of our familiar sayings come from the occasion and many similarities can be found in England, France and other European countries.

EVICTION SCENE

Evictions were common place in Ireland in the decade after the famine.

Landlords cleared their estates to make way for more profitable making enterprises.

A quick tour in pictures!

Take a quick visual tour through a typical day at Doagh Famine Village

ORANGE HALL

Religion has played a major part in Irish history.

In the late eighteenth century many people from the Established Church felt under threat from Irish rebels and so they set up an organisation to help protect themselves.

They named their organisation the Orange Order after their hero William of Orange.

An Orange Hall was built to give some insight into this tradition.

Many of the display items have been donated by the people of Whiterock, Belfast.

REPUBLICAN SAFE HOUSE

This is one of the newest additions to Doagh Famine Village and the idea for it came from long term republican prisoner Eddie Gallagher.

A safe house was a place of refuge by those running from the authorities.

It was a place with secret passage ways where the escapee could hide. Each room in the safe house tells part of the story of the road to peace in Northern Ireland.

PLAN YOUR VISIT

Here you can some useful information including opening hours, admissions prices, guided tours and all the facilities available at Doagh Famine Village.

We hope the following information will help ensure you know everything you need to know to plan ahead and enjoy your visit to Doagh Famine Village.

If you still have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with us before you visit or check out the following links for more helpful information.

OPENING TIMES

We are open from 10am until 5pm, 7 days a week.

COACH TOURS & GROUPS

We cater for tour operators & large groups. Advanced booking required.

GUIDED TOURS

Guided tours available daily from 10am, lasting approximately 45mins.

FACILITIES

Our purpose-built visitors center has ample modern baby changing facilities & toilets.

ADMISSION

Adults €8pp. Children u12 €4pp. Children u4 free.

WHEELCHAIR FRIENDLY

Wheelchair friendly throughout including toilet facilities with wheelchairs available if required.

PARKING

Our new visitors centre has FREE parking with ample spaces for all vehicle types.

CAFE

Our new visitors centre includes a cafe for snacks & refreshments with views out across the bay to Malin.

ALL WEATHERS

The attractions are predominantly under cover so you can enjoy a visit regardless of the weather!

DIRECTIONS

We are only 35 mins from Derry and 60 mins from Letterkenny. View Map & Directions »

GOT A QUESTION?

If you have any questions before you visit, give us a call now on 074 93 78078.

AN EXPERIENCE WORTH SHARING

Some visitors have kindly shared their experiences of visiting Doagh Famine Village.