The Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna is dedicated to telling the story of the Irish Workhouse, the last resort of the destitute poor from the 1840s. Visitors can take a guided tour through the original workhouse buildings and view a short film on life in the workhouse. People can learn about conservation. Open until 31st October, 2013. 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with last admissions at 5 p.m. Adults €6, Seniors/Students €4, Familes €14. There are toilet facilities and parking. The Irish Workhouse Centre is located on St Brigid's Road, a short walk from the Bank of Ireland corner.
Adults €6, Seniors/Students €4, Familes €14.
St. Brigid's Road, Co. Galway
Mon - Sun: 9am - 6pm
"The ruins of the abbey in Portumna forest park are from a thirteenth century Cistercian abbey. The abbey was handed over to the Dominicans sometime in the fifteenth century and was converted for Protestant worship in the eighteenth century."
Portumna Castle and Gardens
This semi-fortified house at Portumna was built before 1618 by Richard Burke or de Burgo, 4th Earl of Clanricarde. It was the main seat of the de Burgo family for over 200 years, until it was gutted by fire in 1826. The ground floor of the house is now open to the public and contains information panels and a dvd presentation. To the north of the house are formal geometrically laid out gardens. The recently restored 17th century walled kitchen garden, organically planted with fruit trees, flowers, herbs and vegetables, is a treat to the senses. Opening Times:
April - End of Sept 10am - 6pm. Last Admission at 5:15pm.
Portumna Forest Park
"Coillte welcomes many visitors each, to this forest with many amenities on the shores of Lough Derg covering some 1100 acres. Amenities and facilities include picnic areas, car park, toilets and a host of different trails including an impressive wheelchair and buggy friendly walkway and viewing platform suitable for people with special needs. Sixteen species of wild mammals reside within the Forest Park, including the fallow deer of which there is a large herd within the forest, the elusive pine martin, and the red squirrel, stoat, badger, and fox may be also encountered. Bird life also abounds and 85 different types breed here."
Portumna Recreational Park Swimming and Picnic area
This is a absolute gem! location 5 minutes from Pod Umna Village. Visitors can enjoy swimming in the open in the beautiful Lough Derg, the swimming area has a number of jetties, lots of green area to run and play plus several picnic benches. Seasonally the toilet shower block is opened and there is a Life gaurd on duty. If you dont fancy a swim just sit back take in Lough Derg or feed the ducks and swans.