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Kilmainham Gaol
Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol

43 reviews
Sights and Museums, Tours, Classes and Rentals, Historic Site
Ranked #7 in Dublin things to do
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Inchicore Road, Dublin, Ireland
(01) 453 5984
http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/dublin/kilmainhamgaol/
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This prison-turned-museum played a crucial part in Ireland's past, serving as the lock-up for many leaders of Irish rebellions - and the place of execution for some of them - over the course of a ... Read more
century and a half. For decades after it opened in 1796, women, men and children weren't segregated, but rather held several in a cell, with little to keep them warm but a candle. The youngest person arrested and held in the prison was 5 years old. Many of those detained in Kilmainham were deported to Australia. The prison was seen as a symbol of British oppression and suffering, and the Irish Free State government decommissioned it in 1924. A tour will provide the gory details of Kilmainham's fascinating history.

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Roscrea

An important landmark in Ireland's history. Learn about the establishing of the state and the tales of the 1916 Rising.

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Los Angeles

Interesting Irish jail that was still in use until fairly recently. Tours are available and if the available spots of the tour are taken, you can still visit the museum.

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Valletta

Guided Tours for the popular Kilmainham Goal are all day long And this goal still retains its sorry state of cells and gloomy corridors Also has a small museum

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Hampshire

Loved our tour guide, Claire! She was very informative & interesting. Learned a lot of Irish history we never knew.

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Dokkum

One of the biggest gaols in Europe with one of the most tragic history. As I am very interested in Irish history it is a must see. Kilmainham Gaol dates from the 18th century. A lot of rebels in the struggle for Irish independence have been prisoned here and/or have been executed. James Connolly was executed in Kilmainham Gaol after the failure of the Easter Rising 1916, sitting on a chair while heavenly wounded.The tour is surprising and impressing. You feel and see the atmosphere where the prisoners have lived in. The building is easy to access as well for disabled people and there are a lot of buses going from Dublin city centre to the gaol. The visit include a guided tour and an exhibition. There is a tearoom and a giftshop.

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Bedford

This place gave an interesting history of the fight for Irish independence through the architecturally beautiful prison. The tour guides are great, although it may be frustrating to be limited to tours only. But for a bit of history, this is a great stop to make.

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Local from Dublin

So much history in this place, it's pretty fantastic. The museum at the end was a bit of a bore unless you're really REALLY into the history bit, with personal letters and what-not. Booking in advance is a must, though. I was far more interested in the way and reasons why the architecture changed over the years.

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Ardmore

The tour here was incredibly engaging and informative. I would say this is a must-see for any visit to Dublin. Our tour guide, Pat, was super knowledgable and had a great sense of humor.

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San Diego

What a totally unique and sobering experience. I've never really toured a jail (I don't think...at least clearly not one that was memorable), and this one sets the bar quite high. As the granddaughter of Irish immigrants, I found the prison to be such a haunted, tortured place with such a sad story to tell of the troubled and corrupted Irish history. If you're at all interested in Irish history from the late 1800s (and the Republic political movement), I recommend a tour here. It was worth the price of admission for what I learned alone.

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Enniskerry

Kilmainham Gaol is one of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe, covering some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland's emergence as a modern nation from 1780s to the 1920s. Attractions include a major exhibition detailing the political and penal history of the prison and its restoration. The tour of the prison includes an audio-visual show. Tours may be arranged for visitors with special needs by prior arrangement.

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Barcelona

To me, one of the most original, entertaining and educational experiences for a visitor. They tell you a bit of history and lots of stories in a funny way. Well worth it and not expensive.

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San Francisco

A former prison, Kilmainham Gaol is today an important museum that tells the story of Dublins historic past as many national heros were imprisoned and executed here

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United States

Fascinating insight into Irish history, especially their war for independence. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Don’t let a line to get in deter you from experiencing it, they move fast and it’s well worth the short wait.

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Roscrea

Visit the Historical Site of Kilmainham Gaol - central to the history of the Irish Republic

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Brooklyn

My favorite of the tourist sights. A must-see explanation of Irish history and the struggle for independence coupled with a tour of Ireland's most famous jail.

A guided tour is required so plan in advance to avoid being disappointed. During busy times, the tours sell out well in advance so you could end up waiting for a bit. There is a museum close by where you could burn some wait time but this part of town doesn't have a lot else to offer so you wouldn't want to be here for too long.

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So cool: gorgeous Victorian jail (well, as gorgeous as a jail can be), now made into a history museum, largely about the 1916 Easter Rising. You go through on a guided tour, and the guide we had was very good. There's a well laid out exhibition area to tour while you're waiting for the next tour. Great combo of spooky, informative and rabble-rousing.

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A bit out of the way but well worth the visit. Excellent tour guides - bring a coat!

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London

Again on all the bus tours and a monument to the troubles. I don't like this sort of prison tourism, but you might find it interesting.

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United States

Scene of the execution of the 1916 Rebel leaders. This jail is now a museum and one of Dublin's top attractions.

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Ilmington

The place of imprisonment of many of the most important historical figures involved in the struggle for Ireland's independence. Pretty much a 'must see' for anyone interested in the past. Now a museum.

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