Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin

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Kilmainham Gaol turns the clock back a few decades, offering you a look inside one of history's most notorious prisons. The imposing gray building played a key role in Irish history for over a century, finally closing its doors in 1924. Before then it provided a grim setting for the imprisonment of notable participants in the many uprisings for Irish independence, culminating in the execution of 14 men who led a rebellion that took place during Easter week in 1916. You can take a guided walk through the history of this eerie site, now one of Europe's largest unoccupied structures of its kind. Before you leave, look in on the yard where the infamous 1916 executions took place. To plan Dublin vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • My family and I took about a hour tour threw this facility and tour guides where great and there stories where great.  more »
  • The tour of the gaol was very informative and surprisingly held everyone's interest until the tour was completely finished! For anyone interested in Irish history during the famine as well as there st...  more »
  • We were looking forward to this visit but were disappointed a little bit of our guide. It is sure that his accent and tone have not helped to interest us. The location is fantastic with lots of stories and amazing anecdotes, but our guide made them not alive and attractive. We lost a little interest. I recommend you to go there only in even hoping you're going to hit a better guide!
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  • I think it was the most memorable place in Dublin. The guide (Dave) was amazing. He made me feel like I was just there, during these dark days of Irish history.
  • Kilmainham Gaol is a great place to visit. Loved the tour full of great stories and the museum is also really interesting. Definitely would recommend it. The only downside is that there isn't any other languages support available. There wasn't any flyers left either.
  • Incredibly engaging guide (Dave?) brought to life the events and context of Irish independence in general and as specifically related to the gaol. If having to choose one I would recommend a visit here over other modern Irish history exhibitions/tours/sites in Dublin.
  • The guide was really nice and the tour informative. However, we were to many to fully enjoy the small corridors of the jail. Therefore it was difficult to hear the guide speaking and to take photos without a tons of heads in the way. The price is definitely affordable, but you have to print the tickets in advance and I found it pretty weird and unnecessary.
  • REALLY good guided tour! Get a sense of Irish culture and formative events in Irish history. Making a reservation before arriving is required and is easily done through their website.

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