Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Dublin

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The history of Ireland is narrated by Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, home to award-winning exhibits and the guardian of personal stories for over 1.5 million people buried there. Dedicated to the known and the unknown who shaped the country's history and helped create the modern nation, the museum covers the burial rituals and beliefs of those who found their final resting place at the cemetery. While there, you can tour the graveyard itself or conduct a genealogy search for your family's history. Within the museum, pay special attention to the Milestone Gallery's timeline, an interactive exhibit outlining the lives of some of the most famous figures buried at the cemetery. Add Glasnevin Cemetery Museum and other attractions to your Dublin trip itinerary using our Dublin travel itinerary planner.
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  • I loved the tour. Niall (the history teacher) was the guide for our group. So much interesting history about the individuals that lived there and the cemetery puns were next level! The cemetery is als...  more »
  • Daniel O'Connell, Eamon de Valera, Michael Collins, Arthur Griffith - to name but a few of the famous figures in Irish history buried here. Take the insightful, educational tour and visit the centre, ...  more »
  • There are certainly a lot of Irish important figures here. My Irish history isn't amazing, so I didn't always quite know the importance of who I was seeing - though the Gaol visit the day before helpe...  more »
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  • A very underrated tour location. Best value tour in Dublin. I think it was 3 hours. Guide knows what she's talking about. Very interesting, a must see. Only place you get to say that you touched The Liberator's coffin! So many and unexpected famous plots
  • Great museum a little pricey for a tour but learned a lot
  • A great guided tour with a very knowledgeable guide. O' Connell's tomb was a highlight. Museum and restaurant very good too!
  • I visited the Cemetery today with three friends. We did the tour, which was most interesting and entertaining. Our guide was Niall and we would like to thank him and highly recommend him as a tour guide. The Museum was very interesting and informative. We had lunch in the Restaurant and would like to thank the people who run it - the food and service were excellent. Overall we had a wonderful few hours, but must say the only sour note to the day was the cost of the car park, which we all thought was outrageous. I paid €10.00 for having parked for almost four and a half hours and my friends, who arrived later than I, paid the same amount.
  • It might seem a bit odd to visit a graveyard but the Glasnevin Cemetery is a very important part of Dublin’s history. It is a focal point of the tensions between the Catholics and Protestants and was the first Catholic cemetery when it was opened in 1832. Some of the most important national figures – many of whom fought for independence – are buried here. There’s a small museum to see and then you can walk through the cemetery and see it all yourself.

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