Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna, Co. Galway: The workhouse was the last resort of the destitute poor from the 1840s. What was life in the workhouse like? Visit the Irish Workhouse Centre, located in a real workhouse in Portumna. Guided tours. Open 7 days a week until 30th Sept. Tele: 909-9759200 or www.irishworkhousecentre.ie. Also Portumna Castle incl. formal and kitchen gardens and Portumna Forest Park.