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  • Kilmainham Gaol

Museums & Attractions

addressInchicore Road, Kilmainham


Phone+353(0)14535984

Fax+353(0)14532037

Emailkilmainhamgaol@opw.ie

Webheritageireland.ie



Opening Times

Dublin's Kilmainham Gaol held some of the most famous political and military leaders in Irish history such as Robert Emmet, Charles Stewart Parnell, the 1916 Rising leaders and Eamon de Valera.

If for no other reason, Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin 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. It 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.

The visit includes a guided tour and exhibition. It is a very busy site and visitors may experience a delay during the summer months. Access is by guided tour only.

Facilities include, toilets, disabled toilets and tearooms.

Please contact the Gaol for information on ongoing temporary exhibitions.

  • Operating Hours

    1 Apr - 30 Sep

    MON 09:30 - 18:00
    TUES 09:30 - 18:00
    WED 09:30 - 18:00
    THU 09:30 - 18:00
    FRI 09:30 - 18:00
    SAT 09:30 - 18:00
    SUN 09:30 - 18:00
  • Operating Hours

    1 Oct - 23 Dec

    MON 09:30 - 17:30
    TUES 09:30 - 17:30
    WED 09:30 - 17:30
    THU 09:30 - 17:30
    FRI 09:30 - 17:30
    SAT 09:30 - 17:30
    SUN 10:30 - 18:00
  • Operating Hours

    27 Dec - 31 Mar

    MON 09:30 - 17:30
    TUES 09:30 - 17:30
    WED 09:30 - 17:30
    THU 09:30 - 17:30
    FRI 09:30 - 17:30
    SAT 09:30 - 17:30
    SUN 10:00 - 18:00

(subject to change)