- Access to Kilmainham Gaol is by guided tour only.
Before it's closure in 1924, Dublin's Kilmainham Gaol housed some of the most famous political and military leaders in Irish history. The prison is considered a must-see in Dublin and offers a panoramic insight into some of the most profound, disturbing and inspirational themes of modern Irish history. Pre-booking online is essential.
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 and sometimes executed here. The Gaol also played a role during the harsh Famine times.
The visit includes a 1-hour guided tour and exhibition. It is a very busy site. Pre-booking online is essential. You don't need to print out tickets, just retain your Order number.
Only the ground floor is wheelchair accessible and a ground floor tour can be organised if needed; please email (don't book online in this case).
Buggies are not permitted on the tour and it is not really appropriate for younger children under 6 years.
Information leaflets are available online in English, Gaeilge, Español, Italiano, Deutsche, and Français.
Please see the website for information on temporary exhibitions.
Paid parking is available at the nearby IMMA for a small fee.
If you are unable to do a tour, you are free to visit the museum section and to enjoy the café on site.
The Patriots Inn nearby is a pleasant place to have a pint.
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