The Tour

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.

An informative 50 minute tour

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.



Learn how the Famine forced 1 million people to flee the country

Retrace their gruelling journey

Experience what life was like onboard

Uncover fascinating personal passenger stories

Award-winning tour guides

Meticulous craftsmanship

Marvel at this beautiful tall ship


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