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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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  • Well worth the trip, book in advance if you can or you can try booking for the day you plan to visit online at 9.15am or by going at 9.30am to get tickets on site, you'll have to be flexible with the ...  more »
  • I myself was not so well acquainted with the history of the development of the Republic of Ireland. But after a visit an Kilmainham Gaol that is changed. They give on the basis of the prisoners of the various Irish revolution a very good picture of the history of the development of the Republic of Ireland. I have learned a lot. Even later, in the pub, where an Irish folk song about 1916 was deployed, I suddenly understood what it was about. The people who give the tour themselves are particularly interested in the story that they tell and you will notice. If you are in Dublin, go to here. But make a reservation on time (as in a few months in advance; certainly in high season). Otherwise it is guaranteed to be fully booked.
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  • The lady who did our tour-Anne was a fantastic public speaker and was really knowledgeable about the Gaol and Dublin History. Such an amazing place, full of history. We managed to book the same day on...  more »
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  • Went on the tour yesterday, the guide Kira was incredible, very passionate and well informed about the gaol. She was able to answer additional questions from other people on the tour with us. It was a very interesting glimpse into the history of ROI.
  • Very impressive and entertaining tour. It focuses on the revolution in 1916 and the related prisoners, but also if you are not so familiar with that part of the irish history it's still very interesting. Also the building itself is quite impressive and has some rooms you might recognize from some movies.
  • There are only guided tours that you need to book online in advance (the sooner the better). They only accept online payment with Master or Visa cards. The tour takes 1 hour. We had a nice and very knowledgeable guide, and the jail has an interesting history, but the visit itself was too depressing and sad, so I couldn't wait for it to finish. We were basically listening to horrible stories, details and numbers about the prisoners' life and how everyone was executed in inhuman ways. I really do not get the hype about this place.
  • Very cool history. Well worth the effort it takes to make a reservation. Extremely well curated and preserve. You really get a free of how terrible it would have been to live during the time period this prison was in use.
  • Quite possibly the best cultural attraction in Dublin. Just learning about its history and prisoners sent chills through my body. The guides were funny, friendly and above all knowledgable. It's evident that they have a passion for the work. Tip: book your tickets in advance. Tours do sellout.