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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  • A wonderful experience full of interesting history! The tour guide was knowledgeable and provided so much information. Definitely would visit again.  more »
  • Really enjoyed my visit here. Place is steeped in history. Will definitely return and bring friends.  more »
  • Amazing place. Amazing stories. The guides are so passionate and knowledgeable that you cannot help but be in awe of their delivery of the history of the place. Everyone who visits Dublin should.....  more »
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  • 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.
  • Excellent tour guide and a really nice museum. One of the few things that worth their price in Dublin. You should definitely pay a visit if you are a history enthusiast. The tickets for the tour are sold online, so you should check that before you get there.
  • This was a fun tour on our trip to Dublin. It is a bit outside of town, but it is worth the trip. The jail is filled with tons of history and it was beautiful to see the main hall from the inside. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and her stories were very in depth.
  • Prison turned museum. A fascinating look at what it’s like when this place was fully operational and housed many Irish revolutionaries. The tour guide did a great job telling the stories of some of the prisoners who once resided behind the prison walls as well as providing interesting insight about the tense political relationship between Ireland and England at the time. The surreal moment was stepping foot into the courtyard and learning about the spot where some of the revolutionaries from the Easter Rising were executed. A somber moment reflecting on what it must’ve been like being in their shoes.
  • Well worth a visit. Some giants of Irish history spent time in this prison over the years, and the guides have some fascinating stories to tell, as the jail played a vital role in Irish history. The tour lasts an hour and it’s worth checking out the museum too.
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