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Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

Since 1832, more than one and a half million people have been buried in Glasnevin, a hauntingly gorgeous Victorian Garden cemetery. Located just 2.5km from Dublin’s city centre, Glasnevin Cemetery covers 124 acres with plenty to appreciate. You will find the largest collection of Celtic crosses in the world there. The interactive Museum on site contains award-winning exhibits including "The City of the Dead" and numerous photographs from the cemetery's history. It is suitable for all ages. You can also search for your family surname in the computer database and possibly learn more about your ancestors.

The best way to explore the cemetery is by guided tour. Each guide is passionate and very knowledgeable, revealing the stories of Ireland’s history through daily walking tours. Your guide makes a learning experience into a period of magic, with a careful balance of sensitivity and fun, while tailoring the tour to your areas of interest.

General History tour:
This tour gives an overview of the history of Glasnevin Cemetery and visits the graves of Ireland’s heroes – including Daniel O’Connell, Michael Collins, Roger Casement, Charles Stewart Parnell and Countess Markievicz. Hear stories of the rogues and the rebels, the famous and the infamous, the gravediggers and the grave robbers.

“Dead Interesting” Tour:
Hear the stories of the lesser known personalities, but equally interesting people buried at Glasnevin. Dead Interesting tells secrets of Glasnevin such as the story of Maria Higgins, a lady who died once but was buried twice, and Francis de Groot, who opened the Sydney Harbour Bridge (by accident). You will learn about the sculpture, symbolism, architecture, art, sporting heroes, natural life and much more. The Cemetery is considered an outdoor art gallery.

The O’Connell Tower:
198 steps to breath-taking views of Dublin, the tower opened to the public for the first time since it was destroyed by a bomb in 1971. It is Ireland’s tallest round tower and stands at 180 feet. Built in 1854, it is the tombstone of the great liberator, Daniel O’Connell, who lies in an ornately decorated crypt at the base of the tower.

Please refer to the website for information on tour schedules and opening hours.
The Museum has a gift shop and café.
A gate in the cemetery will lead you through to the National Botanic Gardens next door.
Stop into the historic "Gravediggers' Pub" (John Kavanagh's) for a "jar" of something refreshing.

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