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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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  • Had a great tour guide that provided infinite details of the various sections of the jail. By the end of the tour you truly feel you've visited the birthplace of Ireland. For history buffs, you can tr...  more »
  • Kilmainham Gaol has guides and good visuals to explain why the execution of the leaders of the 1916 Rising turned public opinion in their favour: the leaders knew they were doomed and expected to be m...  more »
  • Had a wonderful day exploring Kilmainham Gaol - Margaret was an excellent tour guide offering lots of information about the history of the Gaol and prisoners that stayed here. 
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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.