Kilmainham Gaol Museum, Dublin

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Kilmainham Gaol Museum 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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  • Without a doubt this is the best tourist experience in Dublin. Regularly visited by locals, school children and tourists from abroad. An excellent introduction to Irish history and Ireland.  more »
  • Delighted to at last do the tour of kilmainham Gaol, it brings history to life. You see the prison cells and also the yard where executions took place. You also can view through an opening in the...  more »
  • We visited this goal and - even with the Covid restrictions - it was a fantastic tour. Our tourguide was superb, very friendly and engaging though it was the last tour of a busy day. Would highly...  more »
  • Absolutely brilliant! A must see if you're visiting Dublin. The tour guide was incredibly engaging and knowledgeable. My partner thoroughly enjoyed the tour and would definitely go back again. Definitely book ahead as there can be a long wait time. The history of the jail is very interesting and quite shocking, it told the story of Ireland during very difficult times.
  • I really enjoy this experience of visiting this old prison. The visit is made by a guide and you cannot walk around alone. It's perfect because the guide tells a lot of stories about Ireland history so it's really interesting. The prison itself is an old place and everything is the same since then so it gave an even more interesting experience.
  • Great place to visit for a bit of history. Tour guide was great, gave us great insight to what went down at the prison and also what the prison has been used for. Tour was a good length of time not too long or short and a nice number of people so it wasn't too hectic. Would highly recommend.
  • Entry with guided tour only. Need to book in advance as many tours are fully booked. The tour is a great experience for anyone interested in the history of Ireland. A Dublin must-see. The only minor drawback is that the museum looks like it’s from the 1980s in terms of media, tech and decorations.
  • Do I recommend this tour: OF COURSE - 5/5 Book this in advance! I didn't and was lucky to get tickets. The history of this republic is very interesting and this jail housed those that fought for the country. The jail itself is very eerie and you will hear a lot of stories about the prisoners and why they were sent to the prison to begin with. The tour takes about an hour and then you are free to visit the museum to read more facts as well as see artifacts.

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