The Stunning Jeanie Johnston: 5 Facts about the Irish Emigrant Ship

Updated On: May 19, 2022

Jeanie Johnston Ship

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.

The Great Famine hit Ireland in 1845 and lasted until 1852.The failure of the potato crop and the rise in food prices led to starvation and disease, which killed between 1 and 1.5 million people and forced another 1 million people to flee the country.

By the time the famine ended Ireland had lost ¼ of its population. Step on board and you will be transported back in time to join them on their gruelling journey.

Jeanie Johnston Irish Emigrant Ship
Jeanie Johnston Irish Emigrant Ship

An Informative 50-Minute Tour of the Jeanie Johnston Ship

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.

The sales of the Jeanie Johnston rise over Dublin's bridges
Another view Jeanie Johnston Ship

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.

The Jeanie Johnston with high sails sits on the river in Dublin
Jeanie Johnston

Delve into Ireland’s Dark History

The Great Famine hit Ireland in 1845 and lasted until 1852. The failure of the potato crop and the rise in food prices led to starvation and disease, which killed between 1 and 1.5 million people and forced another 1 million people to flee the country. By the time the famine ended Ireland had lost ¼ of its population. 

The Jeanie Johnson ship up close, ready to board passengers
The Jeanie Johnston Ship

You can book a tour of this historic vessel through their official website!

Tour Times

May to October

Open 7 days, 09:30am-17:15pm

First tour starts at 10:00am

Last tour starts at 16:30pm

November to April

Open 7 days, 10:30am-16:00pm

First tour starts at 11:00am

Last tour starts at 15:00pm

Tour Prices

Adult €11

Senior (65+) €10

Student (18-26) €10

Teenager (13-17) €19

Child (4-12) €6

Infant (0-3) FREE

Family (2+2) €20

Concession and group rates available.

Free entry with Dublin Pass.

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