Kilmainham Gaol Museum

Kilmainham Gaol Museum, Dublin

Kilmainham Gaol Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites
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This bleak old jail was notorious in the 19th century for its harsh treatment of prisoners.
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Kilmainham
How to get there
  • Suir Road • 8 min walk
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packyderm
Cambridgeshire, UK577 contributions
May 2022
very interesting and moving tour. Knowledgeable guide. Narrow walkways so can be a bit crowded. Recommend booking in advance.
Written 24 May 2022
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JET1955
Bournemouth, UK15 contributions
May 2022
Well worth the trip out to Kilmainham from the city centre. Very informative about the history of the gaol.
Written 24 May 2022
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Michelle France... C
10 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Absolutely charmed at the guided tour. We had Ellen and she was so knowledgeable and had a great sense of humour. We learned so much and really enjoyed ourselves. It’s essential to visit this place at least once. So humbling yet enlightening.
Written 22 May 2022
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Jessica S
16 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
Excellent! You MUST book tour ahead of time, don’t be disheartened if there aren’t tickets available initially. We kept checking and tickets were released as people cancelled. Tour was excellent, great way to get a interesting history of Ireland. Our guide Emma was excellent, answered lots of questions and explained things really well. Great value for money too. One of my favourite things I’ve done in Dublin.
Written 22 May 2022
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RoadWarrier99999
Isle of Palms, SC487 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
A well organized presentation of a place with very significant history. Our guide did a thorough job of informing and entertaining, offering anecdotes from the lives of those who have spent time and suffered there. Well worth a visit.
Written 22 May 2022
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Karen W
26 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
Really interesting place, you get a guided tour round and it’s really informative, the only downside is sometimes it’s a bit rushed and you don’t get to have a proper look around. Some parts are closed off because they are still doing them up but I’m nosey so I wanted be able to wonder round but you can’t.
Written 21 May 2022
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Alessandro M
Padua, Italy9 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
The visit at the Kilmainham Gaol is a must to do in Dublin. We had the pleasure to be guided throughout the itinerary by Orla, the local guide that passionately explained us the history of the prison, of its inmate and the historical background of Ireland during the years while the prison was actively operating. The whole visit was really interesting and gives a dept insight of the vicissitudes that interested Ireland especially in relation of its independence.
One of the most interesting sites to discover Ireland and its history.
Totally suggested to book the visit way in advance as it’s really difficult to find a free spot.
Written 20 May 2022
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Sandra S
Island of Malta, Malta8 contributions
May 2022
BIG TIP - Do book ahead of time as it is truly worth the visit.

Our tour guide EMMA was fantastic - she made the history of the gaol extremely interesting and detailed. I would have loved to hear more about the women who had been gaoled there, their backgrounds and history, but time was limited. However, Emma was brilliant and really help us to "feel" the experience. She was certainly patient with the never ending questions and with me, as I wanted to capture as much as I could with my camera so at times lagged behind!!. Thank you!!!
Written 20 May 2022
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gourmetflaneur
York, UK1,063 contributions
May 2022
This is truly worth a visit. The gaol as gaol in impressive. As a significant part in the liberation of Ireland it is impressive through the story telling of the guides. They do a marvellous job. Highly recommended.
Written 19 May 2022
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Jay F
2 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Highly recommend this guided tour around Kilmainham Gaol, our tour guide Adam was amazing and very funny. We learned so much from him and enjoyed every minute. He is a credit to the place.
Written 18 May 2022
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