Guide to Visiting Doagh Famine Village, Donegal in 2024

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Positioned on the picturesque Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal, Doagh Famine Village provides a unique insight into the Irish potato famine, something I felt I knew about to some extent but which I’d never before visualised. The Doagh Famine Village reveals something important: how humanity endures in the face of hardship. It connects the diaspora, families who emigrated, with why and how people left Ireland.

Doagh Famine Village is easily reached from the nearby town of Buncrana with a scenic 30 minute drive. Derry is 35 minutes and Letterkenny 60 minutes by car. Top tip: take the time to see or walk on beautiful Doagh Strand beside the Famine Village parking lot.

Doagh Famine Village

Lagacurry, Ballyliffin, Co. Donegal, F93 PK19

Coordinates: 55.30898, -7.33466

The guided tour is excellent

Too many mannequins?

Open daily from 10am – 5pm. Guided tours available.

Open 17 March to 12 October

History Exhibits
Amazing Strand
Cafe nearby
Toilets
€13.50 adults
€7 kids

What is Doagh Famine Village?

Doagh Famine Village is an outside museum featuring several reconstructed dwellings and buildings from the famine era (1840s). You can see inside typical Irish thatched homes for the era, getting a sense of the size of the interiors, how people lived cheek by jowl, the very smell and feel of the place. I highly recommend taking one of the regular guided tours. Expect to spend around 1-2 hours exploring the exhibits, including original thatched cottages, a schoolhouse and a Mass Rock.

Tickets & Tours 2024

It’s easiest to self-organise an itinerary around the Inishowen peninsula that includes Doagh Famine Village. It’s within driving distance of Malin Head and other viewpoints on the Wild Atlantic Way. You can book tickets online or pay on arrival.

Adult Tickets – €13.50

Children under 16 – €7

Children under 4 – free

Tickets can be purchased from the Doagh Famine Village website here

What is included in your Doagh Famine Village ticket?

Access to the open air museum and all the open buildings, plus extensive exhibits. Guided tours running 30-45 minutes between 10.30am and 4pm. Toilets, baby-changing & accessible bathrooms. Wheelchair friendly site. Free parking is included and the cafe is available for hot drinks and cake.

Doagh Famine Village Guided Tour

The lead tour guide is called Pat Doherty (see above). Pat is not only the principal guide and host, but also comes from this very place and is the brains and motivation behind the entire attraction. Come prepared with questions, or simply react to the exhibits, and Pat will have information and insight that he shares in the friendliest of ways, but with great authority because he knows his subject.

Insider Tips

  • Take the time to enjoy Doagh Strand (above), a really gorgeous golden sandy beach. It’s a good place to take a long walk.
  • Take the guided tour. No arguments.
  • If you’re tight on time, take the tour and explore the original buildings. The exhibits also have stories to tell, but prioritise the buildings and tour.
  • There’s a lot on offer in the onsite store.
  • The cafe is in the main car park and the cake is delicious (don’t ask me how I know!).

Where to Stay near Doagh Famine Village

Here’s a few hotels to consider if you’re visiting the Inishowen Peninsula. One thing Donegal is well known for is its warm welcome.

Conclusion

Everyone I spoke to in Donegal recommended the Doagh Famine Village. At first glance, a place that reenacts that era might not seem appealing, but I’m a convert. This is a museum of the everyday, of a rural Irish normality more than 150 years ago when so many people lost their lives or emigrated to the USA, Canada and beyond. It’s a fascinating project that I think we should support.


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I'm Patrick, your Irish guide to the skies and beyond. With 58 countries visited, my journeys have taken me from busy economy to fabulous first-class.

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