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Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Story Tours
Follow in the footsteps of those who fled the Famine
The Jeanie Johnston tells the story of the thousands of Irish people who fled the Famine and embarked on a treacherous 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 gruelling journey.
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.
They endured overcrowding, seasickness, disease, filth, starvation and storms…And they were the lucky ones
Take a deep breath and go below deck to experience the cramped quarters where up to 250 passengers spent most of their time, only emerging for a half an hour of fresh air each day.
It cost 3 pounds 10 shillings to flee the Famine. 100,000 people paid with their lives.
Find out how they paid for it. Learn about their grim voyage in cramped and filthy conditions and the risks they faced from disease, starvation and disaster. Hear how they passed the time on their traumatic voyage and discover what fate awaited them
Jeanie Johnston Daily Tour Times
May to October November to April
Open 7 days, 09:30-17:15 Open 7 days, 09:30-17:15
First tour starts at 10:00 First tour starts at 11:00
Last tour starts at 16:30 Last tour starts at 15:00
Tour lasts 50 minutes. Please arrive a few minutes in advance for a prompt start.
Jeanie Johnston Tour Prices
- Adult €11
- Senior (65+) €10
- Student (18-26) €10
- Teenager (13-17) €9
- Child (4-12) €6
- Infant (0-3) Free
- Family (2+2) €30
- Concession and group rates available. Free entry with Dublin Pass.
For an even richer experience combine a tour of the Jeanie with a 45 minute Dublin Discovered Boat Tour
Jeanie Johnston 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.
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.