The Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship
Climb On Board and Experience Life at Sea During the Great Famine
The Jeanie Johnston tells the story of the thousands of Irish people who fled the Famine and embarked on a 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 journey across the sea.
The tour takes approximately 50 minutes and is led by one of our knowledgeable guides. The tour 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 where up to 250 passengers spent their journey across the Atlantic. Hear how they passed the time on their voyage and discover what fate awaited them on the other side.
Top Reasons To Visit
- Meet the passengers from the past – A captain, a doctor and a pregnant woman. Can they survive the journey?
- Experience a Famine ship firsthand – See the conditions they traveled 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.
Jeanie Johnston Daily Tour Times
Open 7 days a week, tours daily
First tour starts at 10.00 am
Last tour starts at 16:30 pm
Tour lasts 50 minutes. Please arrive a few minutes in advance for a prompt start.
Jeanie Johnston Tour Prices
Adult €14 Child €8.50
You can book online here through the booking link directly to the Jeanie Johnston ticket sales
Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship School Tour
Bring history to life with an unforgettable school tour
Bring the Famine to life for your class like never before with a trip to a replica of a real Famine ship.
- Discover how the Famine forced millions of Irish people to flee the country.
- Find out how they paid for their tickets for the Jeanie Johnston.
- Hear the true stories of people who travelled on the ship, including many children travelling alone.
- See what they looked like and how they dressed with realistic life-sized wax figures.
- Imagine what the journey was like.
- Find out about the harsh conditions on board.
- Learn what happened when they reached their destination.
- Explore a Tall Ship and marvel at the craftsmanship involved in building it and the skill it took to sail it.
History – Re-creating the Jeanie Johnston
This ship is an authentic replica of the original Jeanie Johnston. The re-creation of the ship was one of the most ambitious maritime heritage projects ever undertaken in Ireland. She was built at Blennerville, Co. Kerry, a project which took 6 years and was completed in 2002. Over 300 shipwrights and craftsmen were involved in the construction. She enjoyed an illustrious sailing career from 2002 to 2008, retracing the Famine-era voyages from Blennerville to Quebec. She has sailed all around Ireland and Europe, as well as visiting several American ports like Washington DC, New York, Boston, Baltimore and Philadelphia and has even taken part in the Tall Ships Race in 2005. The ship has been moored at Custom House Quay since 2008.
The Docklands Area
So much more for you to explore
While you’re here don’t miss your chance to experience all that Dublin’s Docklands has to offer. Why not make a day of it? From the Famine Sculptures to the remarkable Diving Bell and the striking Samuel Beckett Bridge to the award-winning EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum, there’s plenty to see and do.
All that sightseeing is hungry work and you’ve come to the right place. With a tempting range of pubs and restaurants nearby, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
You won’t find leprechauns or pots of gold here, but you will discover that what it means to be Irish expands far beyond the borders of Ireland through the stories of Irish emigrants who became scientists, politicians, poets, artists and even outlaws all over the world. Discover Ireland from the outside in and find out why saying “I’m Irish” is one of the biggest conversation starters, no matter where you are. Look here for more information about EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum