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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. Put Kilmainham Gaol on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Dublin trip itinerary maker.
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  • The tour was rich with history of Ireland. I never realized the full extent of the conflict between the Irish and the English throughout the years. The tour of the jail touched on the lives of many of...  more »
  • Our tour guide was very informative, give us lots of details on the history and people in the gaol at the time it was still open.  more »
  • The tour and the information presented is very well done, but be prepared for the claustrophobic nature of the tunnels and the somber energy of the place.  more »
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  • Our tour guide was very enthusiastic which kept me interested throughout, learn a lot about the history of the prison, and made references to specific events in Irish history but without going off topic so even people like me that aren't that educated with history stayed interested, would definitely recommend! The only one thing I would change is there was restricted access to some areas of the prison, I guess these were off guards due to safety. If that is the case I think it would have been cool to have full 360° videos of the restricted areas of the prison available to view in the museum at the end of the guided tour.
  • The tour here was the most informational tour I've been on in Dublin. it explained so much about the history of the country and the independence. The tour guide was fantastic and kept me quite interested the entire time. I highly recommend.
  • It is not just the imposing building but also the tragic stories that associate with it. The guide was very aware of the Irish history and he transmitted the atmosphere of this dark era very accurately. I wish such sights would not exist, but as it is sadly a vivid part of history I think it is worth visiting it. We had to wait for an hour for the tour (in February), so I guess booking in advance is necessary. The duration of the tour is about 30 minutes. The guide was very polite and willing to answer questions after the tour ended. There is also a museum inside the Kilmainham Gaol with really interesting exhibits and information about the prison's history.
  • Very interesting. There are 2 types of tour: 30 min and 1h. Try to book online before going. It's cheaper and you can garantee to schedule the tour in a convenient time, specially if you want the 1h tour. I was there on a Saturday morning without prebooking and the wait was short for the 30 min tour, time enough to check out the museum The 30 min shows the bottom part of the 'new' prison wing and a part of the old block, plus some interesting stories.
  • If you enjoy history, and not just the sunny bits, this is the place for you. A historic prison with a dark past. Said to be very haunted. The guides are all very helpful and knowledgeable. Pay attention to the people that were imprisoned here and their stories. A key role played in modern Irish history.