The distinctive image of the high masts of the Jeanie Johnston docked on Custom House Quay offers a striking reminder of Irish history. The unique opportunity to step aboard this full replica of the original Jeanie Johnston, which was built in 1847 in Quebec in Canada, offers tourists and visitors to Dublin an insight into the hardships endured by those who emigrated from Ireland as a result of the Great Famine. On board, the Jeanie Johnston is reconstructed exactly as it undertook its journeys from Ireland to Canada, carrying desperate men, women and children in the period of 1848 and 1855.
Upon boarding the ship, visitors are greeted by one of the team of expert guides, who explain the ship’s history and craftmanship as the tall masts and wind-swept decks offer views around Dublin’s Docklands. Below deck, the cramped quarters where up to 250 passengers spent most of their time is vividly recreated, with replicas of original passengers and crew telling their stories. In learning about their life on board, visitors can explore the food they ate, the risks of disease and starvation, and learn more about what fates await them at their final destinations in the New World.
The Jeanie Johnston is open seven days a week, with tours running regularly throughout the day. A visit to the Jeanie Johnston is an essential part of any Dublin Docklands experience, vividly recreating this period in Irish history during which many millions of Irish people emigrated for new lives. It is located within easy walking distance of Dublin City Centre, close to the Custom House, and central to many other Dockland attractions. Suitable for all ages, the Jeanie Johnston experience is an unforgettable step back in time, led by knowledgeable guides, which will transform visitors’ understanding of the Great Famine and Irish emigration.