If for no other reason, Kilmainham Gaol would be remarkable for being the biggest unoccupied gaol in these islands.
As such, it gives the visitor a dramatic and realistic insight into what is was like to have been confined in one of these forbidding bastions of punishment and correction between 1796 when it opened and 1924 when it closed and offers a panoramic insight into some of the most profound, disturbing and inspirational themes of modern Irish history.
Leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916 were detained here. Such names as Robert Emmet, Charles Stewart Parnell, leaders of the 1916 Rising and DeValera are associated with the Gaol.
The visit includes a guided tour and exhibition. Please note that this is a very busy site and visitors may experience a delay during the summer months. Access by guided tour only.
A visit to the Gaol includes a guided tour, award-winning AV, and an exhibition.
OPW Yearly Heritage Cards available here!
All groups must be pre-booked. Bookings can be made by phoning the Gaol directly.
Toilets, disabled toilets and tearooms. Please contact the Gaol for information on ongoing temporary exhibitions.
How to Get There:
Buses: 51B, 51C, 78A, 79, 79A from Aston Quay.
Kilmainham Gaol is included on The Dublin Pass! Find out more about the current special offers here!