Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Dublin

(4.7/5 based on 4,800+ reviews on the web)
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 loss a dear friend and this was his last stop. Wonderful place to visit too. History surrounds you here. This is place is huge and you could spend hours here (some obviously spend longer), guided to...  more »
  • I took the 1916 tour which is very interesting but you can also wander around the cemetery on your own and view the historical graves. Also make sure you visit the on-site museum.  more »
  • I took an Irish language tour of the cemetery during this year's Seachtain na Gaeilge. Paddy Gleeson gave the tour and it was absolutely fascinating. He spentan hour and a half with us and even stoppe...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • We came here on a grey day in September. Didn't really expect that much but we really wanted to see some of the more famous graves. We were BLOWN AWAY! We decided on taking the tour and that was worth every penny. Our guide John was one of the best guides I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. He was funny, knowledgeable and most of all very charming. The story's were really interesting and really came alive. Especially his rendition of a famous speech. After the tour he actually came by and asked if he could give some suggestions of things to do. Since it was the final leg of our Irland tour I believe we should have maybe started in Dublin just to get some of his suggestions. The museum itself was amazing. The city of the dead was fantastic. You could really tell this was someone's blood and sweat made real. I've never saw something cooler in a Museum. This is a way to get people interested. All in all we loved it. If anyone from the Museum reads this. You need to give John a promotion or at least a raise. He really loves what he does and it shows!
  • The BEST tour experience I've ever had in Ireland. Staff were very knowledgeable. Provided a fantastic insight into life in Ireland/Dublin. A must see when in Dublin. Pre-Booking required.
  • The weather was cold, rainy and windy, yet this was my favorite experience in the city. My family and I visited the museum in addition to taking the guided tour. Both were phenomenal. The museum told the history of Ireland, the cemetery and world religions. The exhibits were packed with information and presented in way that was engaging to all visitors. The guided tour brought the history of Dublin to life with colorful stories and personal anecdotes. Photographers and lovers of Celtic architecture can enjoy the site free of charge, but the cost of the tour and museum add so much more to any visit. An added bonus: the food in the cafe was exceptional which is a rarity for museums.