Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
4.5
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This bleak old jail was notorious in the 19th century for its harsh treatment of prisoners.
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Neighbourhood: Kilmainham
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  • Suir Road • 8 min walk
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jxx9595
Washington, DC1,374 contributions
May 2023
We didn't actually see the Gaol, so how can I write a review? I really can't, but I wanted to wanr others that you need to book WELL in advance. We looked for tickets several weeks before our visit to Dublin, and we were unable to get them.

The lesson is that you can book your tickets too soon, especially in high season.
Written 26 May 2023
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jerrys01
Bel Air, MD549 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
There are two parts of the tour. The first is the museum, which shows life at different time periods, and was very informative. The second part is the guided tour, which showed us the gaol itself. Our guide did a very good job. We were told the history of some of the more famous prisoners, mainly from the time of the Irish revolution and the time of their civil war. I was able to get a picture of the cell of Eamon de Valera, who became a future president of the Republic of Ireland. The building itself is very impressive, and actually lets a lot of light in. This tour was one of our highlights in visiting Ireland.
Written 26 May 2023
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Leanne S
Connecticut85 contributions
May 2023
One of our favorite experiences in Dublin, by far! Our tour guide was fantastic, and the tour, itself, was informative and educational. Keep in mind that this is a very old building, and many areas are not easily accessible for those with limited mobility.
Written 26 May 2023
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Hugh C
Brighouse, UK17 contributions
May 2023
We had a fascinating tour, led by Roisin. While we had some notion of the history, this brought so much to life. We left with a far, far better grasp of the background to the Easter Rising, War of Independence and Civil War.
I felt the level of detail was just right for the group, we never felt rushed and yet the time flew by.
I strongly recommend as a foundation for so much else you see in Dublin.
Travelled as father and adult son
Written 23 May 2023
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Kathrine
Pennsylvania553 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Our guide was very information regarding the history of the Goal. The museum has a lot to read. Do book tickets in advance. While it's outside the city center of Dublin, we took a tram and then a 15-minute walk. It was easy to find.
Written 22 May 2023
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Mary
Atlanta, GA255 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Like everyone says, make sure to book well in advance. If you were unable to get tickets, check the morning of, as there usually are cancellations. Interesting and sobering experience. Informative guides. Recommend when in Dublin!
Written 22 May 2023
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SugarbakerElPaso
Knoxville, TN34 contributions
Apr 2023
This is one of our favorite things that we did in Dublin. You must book in advance because they always sell out. We loved this tour, so much history and we had an excellent guide.
Written 21 May 2023
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Bea H
Hartford, CT125 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
Fascinating and emotional journey. The guide did a wonderful job and stayed around after the tour to answer questions. There is a museum on site which is well worth your time. We almost skipped it, so happy we didn’t!!
Written 21 May 2023
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Meghan
Green Lane, PA3 contributions
May 2023 • Family
Kilmainham Gaol is a must see if you are looking for the history of Ireland. Here you can learn about some the troubles that the people of Ireland had gone through in the 1800s as well as learning about the Easter Rising of 1916 that helped bring Ireland to a republic. We had one of the most passionate and amazing tour guides, David. You could feel the love that David has for Kilmainham and the people that had walked through the jail. This was the 7th day of my trip to London and Dublin and Kilmainham was the most impactful place we visited during our trip. Make sure to take time during your visit to Dublin to go to Kilamainham Gaol.
Written 20 May 2023
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Brian H
Austin, TX6 contributions
May 2023
The museum presents a fascinating self guided tour of one of the most incredible buildings you can see in Dublin. It covers the buildings entire history and that's saying a lot for the staff who created the presentation. Fascinating. don't miss it!
Written 20 May 2023
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