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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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  • I was born in Dublin and this was my first visit to Kilmainham Gaol . The most amazing place which takes you back in time . I found it quite emotional. Would highly recommend a visit but remember to b...  read more »
  • Oh, my. The Easter uprising, and the place where many of the leaders met their fate. It's a republican iconic site, but should be for anyone interested in British history too. Not that it idolises ind...  read more »
  • I know little about Irish history and, unfortunately, only had three days to spend in Dublin. I carefully chose Kilmainham Gaol as my one historic site to visit. I chose wisely. This tour provides muc...  read more »
  • A ton of Irish history lies in this place. Tours are guided and the price is absolutely worth it (€8). Pay attention to the cell names in the east wing. You can also notice how architecture styles changed as you have Swiss army jail style for the west wing and Victorian bright cell with the ever watching eye in the east wing. If you're staying for longer in Ireland consider a heritage card (€25) which gets you also in many different places for a year (it's what I went for). Very interesting, educational, and totally worth of the price.
  • A very interesting place to visit. Tour guide gave a good history of what happened at the jail. You have to book your tickets on line before you go. If you just turn up on the day there is a good chance you will not get in. Either book before you travel or at the hotel your are staying at, preferably the day before you want to go. You can pick a time slot as well. All tours are guided.
  • Place of great importance in English history. Be careful in high season as tickets are limited. I do not know if you can make reservations but best to check. There is a highlights tour that takes 30 minutes and the full tour that takes 1 hour. Their waiting lines at the ticketing office are marvelously inefficiently organised: they need 4 people to manage a line of 20 people. The guide was good and informative.
  • Really interesting sight to see. The jail is cool and cold and a scary reminder of the history of Ireland. Well worth the visit. Especially in 2016 when the country is celebrating the 1916 Easter Rising
  • A really great tour of the old Kilmainham Gaol. Visited during the 1916 centenary at a peak period however the tour was in no way rushed, was very informative and got a great sense of the historical importance of this site. I would suggest an early tour as you are free to explore the museum at your leisure the end and you could spend some time exploring this alone.
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