Is the Dunfanaghy Workhouse Open all Year?

The Workhouse is open from 10am to 5pm everyday February to November and closed December  to January.

Does The Dunfanaghy Workhouse have an Exhibition?

Yes, the Workhouse offers a Famine exhibition with an accompanying audio tour. The exhibition is about the history of the Dunfanaghy Workhouse, the Famine and the story of a local woman who survived it all, ‘Wee’ Hannah Herrity. 

Does the Dunfanaghy Workhouse have a Café?

Yes, the Workhouse has a small café in one of the original reception buildings. It offers tea, coffee and bakes. The Café does not offer savory food at this time but our staff will be able to recommend great places to eat in the village.

Does the Dunfanaghy Workhouse have a Craft Shop?

Yes, the Dunfanaghy Workhouse has a craft shop and we specialise in local and Irish crafts and books. You can find products related to our local heritage and Irish interest available all age groups. 

Is The Workhouse a Tourist Information Point?

Yes, we are a Tourist Information Point based right on the Wild Atlantic Way. If you’re looking for information or recommendations for things to do, walking trails, kid-friendly activities,  accommodations, places to eat, or even just some local maps, our staff is always at hand to help. 

Can I book a group to do the Workhouse Exhibition?

Yes, we offer tours for schools  and tour groups.  We like to make sure that we can meet the needs of the group so please contact our Heritage and Education Officer at

Is the Dunfanaghy Workhouse wheelchair accessible?

Yes, our coffee shop, toilet facilities, craft shop, cinema and part of the exhibition are on the ground floor.  There is a section of the exhibition upstairs but there is a lift to access this section.  If you have any further questions regarding accessibility please feel free to Contact us.

Is the Workhouse child-friendly?

There is a children’s education corner in the exhibition where kids can learn about the Dunfanaghy landscape and the Famine. The exhibition is not suitable for small children but we have a wonderful coffee shop and playground.  We are happy to split tours so families can enjoy the exhibition while the younger members of the group have fun in the playground.

What languages is the tour offered in?

The audio tour is currently only offered in English but we can provide transcripts in English, Irish, French, Italian, German and Spanish that visitors can take with them on the tour through the exhibition.

Do you cater for school groups?

Yes, we offer tours for school groups that can be booked through our Heritage and Education Officer at

Do you accept the OPI Heritage Cards?

Unfortunately, at this moment the Workhouse does not accept OPI Heritage Cards or One4All cards. We hope to be able to update this in the future.

What is there to do in Dunfanaghy?

Dunfanaghy is filled with great ways to spend your day! Visit one of its many beaches for a walk, swim or even surf – there are local surf schools set up to help you catch a wave! Or why not try the Heritage Trail. Of course, we also offer our Famine exhibition to visitors and as a visitor information point we can recommend other great days out in the area, such as Doagh Famine Village, Glenveagh National Park, and much more.

View of Port na Blagh and Hornhead

Opening Hours 10.00am to 5.00pm February to November.                            Closed December to January other than pre-arranged bookings