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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  • Kilmainham Gaol is one of the place to go if you want to understand the tough history of Ireland and how they get their independence. This price is reasonable and include an in-depth tour guide so tha...  more »
  • My Girlfriend and me, visited Kilmainham Goal in february. We had the plesaure to have the best Tour Guide "Adam". He is funny, dramatic and so on. Adam does not just tell the Story about this place, ...  more »
  • Visited here on a cold Friday in late February only to find that all tours were fully booked for the day, luckily we were in Dublin for a few more days and were able to book for the following Monday. ...  more »
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  • If the story of the fight for independence means something to you, you MUST come see this. Take the extended tour & spend some time in the museum. It is truly moving, heartbreaking & breath-taking. We were lucky to have Adam as our guide, he really feels the story of independence in his soul-and he conveyed it in a really beautiful manner.
  • This building is of Grade 1 historical significance and no visit to Dublin can be complete without exploring this place. We opted for the guided tour, which included the adjacent courthouse, cell blocks and infamous exercise yard where executions took place. There is also an excellent museum and a spacious restaurant serving good food.
  • Okay, I love going to museums. But I'm not the biggest fan of visiting ancient buildings (castles etc), so I was a bit reluctant to go here. But i did it anyway. (All hop-on-hop-off tourist buses take you there). It is a really nice museum. It gives an insight in the past of Ireland. The whole birth of a nation is explained in a single visit to this place. The guides (you cannot wonder around by yourself) are extremely engaged and are more than happy to share their view on the history of Ireland. Very impressive. When I lived in Dublin, I brought everyone who visited me, to this place. Being an outsider, this place made me understand the Irish people a lot better.
  • Amazing and engrossing, although grim experience. You'll be able to walk through a part of Irish history, and follow the footsteps of the pathway to Irish freedom. If you have the luck of getting Joanne, the most endearing, passionate guide I've ever had the pleasure of knowing, you'll get a fully detailled, rich history and knowledge that will get your hairs tingling.
  • Wonderful tour of an old prison. It was amazing. If you have any interest in old prisons I highly recommend this tour! It was a great value and the tour guides were highly informative and knowledgeable. This is a must see for Dublin's history. It's just a quick bus ride from Dublin's city centre. The tour lasted about an hour plus a good museum of documents and things to gaze at.
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