Dublin – Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Story

"Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship"

Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Story Tours

Visit the Jeanie Johnston One of Dublin’s top tourist attractions and see how Irish emigrants made the passage to America.

The 50 minute Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Story tour will guide you through the historic Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship – Take in the detailed craftsmanship as you board the ship before journeying to the cabins where the celebrated guides lead you through the dimly-lit quarters to show what life was like for those passengers who made the transatlantic voyage to an uncertain future in the ‘New World.

This tour will paint a picture of what it was actually like during the great famine. The tour guides are extremely knowledgeable and shared their passion for the people and history during that time in Ireland.

Jeanie Johnston Daily Tour Times

  • April to October – 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00
  • November to March – 11.00, 12.00, 14.00, 15.00

Tour lasts 50 minutes. Please arrive a few minutes in advance for a prompt start.

Jeanie Johnston Tour Prices

  • Adult – €10.50
  • Senior (65+) / Student  (18-26) – €9.50
  • Teenager (13 – 17) €8.50
  • Child to age 4 -12 – €6.00
  • Infant (0-3) Free
  • Family (2 + 2) – €28.50
Jeanie Johnston Combine Tours

For an even richer experience combine a tour of the Jeanie with a 45 minute Dublin Discovered Boat Tour

Jeanie Johnston School Tour

The Jeanie Johnston is an ideal focus for a School Tour, for children at all levels, with many different aspects that can be emphasised.

A tour of the re-created Jeanie Johnston shows movingly what the journey to America was like on board a Tall Ship during the Famine era and explains how people came to the decision to make such a long trip, with little prospect of return.

The museum is below deck and features life-sized figures based on actual passengers who sailed on the ship. The tour guides tell their stories, from the 15 year old girl (Margaret Conway) travelling only with her 12 year old brother, to the father of 11 (James Stack) whose livelihood was ruined by the famine….and through these stories all the misery and anguish imposed by the famine, and the choices that people were forced to make, are brought to life.

For school tours they also offer combined tickets for a tour of the Jeanie and a Viking Splash Tour.

The History Jeanie Johnston

The Jeanie Johnston made her maiden voyage on 24th April 1848 from Blennerville, Co. Kerry to Quebec with 193 passengers on board. Over the next seven years the ship made 16 voyages to North America carrying over 2,500 emigrants safely to the New World. Despite the seven week journey in very cramped and difficult conditions, no life was ever lost on board the ship – a remarkable achievement which is generally attributed to the ship’s captain, Castletownshend-born James Attridge and the experienced Ship’s Doctor, Dr Richard Blennerhassett.

"Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum Tours"


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