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Richmond Barracks

A visit to this award winning and beautifully restored venue, will engage visitors with history in a unique way. The exhibitions commemorate and celebrate both the people and place over a time span of 200 years. Richmond Barracks was built in 1814 to counter a Napoleonic invasion and later served as a recruitment barracks for the British Army. Soldiers based here were sent to fight in the Crimean War, the Boer War and World War I. These buildings were a key site for many significant events in Ireland’s national history particularly in the immediate aftermath of the 1916 Rising. Over 3,000 people were held here while they awaited their fate of deportation to various prison camps throughout Britain or worse. The leaders of the Rising were held in the historic Gymnasium prior to their courts-martial in the Officers Block of Richmond Barracks and subsequent execution in Kilmainham Gaol. A guided tour includes a visit to nearby Goldenbridge Cemetery, an atmospheric Garden Cemetery founded by Daniel O’Connell in 1829 and visitors can also avail of a self-guided tour within the confines of Richmond Barracks.

The Mess café run by The Green Kitchen serves delicious hearty and homemade breakfast and lunches for visitors to enjoy. Richmond Barracks is also available for Venue Hire for a range of public and private events. The Gymnasium can accommodate up to 150 people seated and is ideal for conferences, receptions and launches. Visitors can relax in the beautiful and extensive garden to the rear of the buildings.

  • Operating Hours

    1 Jan - 31 Dec

    MON 10:00 - 16:00
    MON closed 12:45 - 13:45
    TUES 10:00 - 16:00
    TUES closed 12:45 - 13:45
    WED 10:00 - 16:00
    WED closed 12:45 - 13:45
    THU 10:00 - 16:00
    THU closed 12:45 - 13:45
    FRI 10:00 - 16:00
    FRI closed 12:45 - 13:45
    SAT 10:45 - 13:00
    SUN 10:45 - 13:00
  • Exceptions
    Closed on Public Holidays

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