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Kilmainham Gaol

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“old jail”(195 reviews)
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This bleak old jail was notorious in the 19th century for its harsh treatment of prisoners.
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Inchicore Road | Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland
+353 1 453 5984
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 29 April 2005

For an American, whose revolution was successful the first time, it's hard to appreciate how much a place like this means to the Irish. But the tour guides' passion help you identify. Imagine if Thomas Jefferson and the signers of the Declaration of Independence had...More

33  Thank Cosmopolitan7612
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 10 September 2014

... this was a great disappoinment! I had heard so much about the gaol and was looking forward to my visit. The museum was great, the staff at the pay-in were great, and the guy at the book counter was really helpful (Enda). Gave me...More

8  Thank Michelle B
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Reviewed today

Enjoyed the tour, it was so interesting to hear the stories of ordinary and extraordinary people who had come through the gaol, and to see the older and newer parts.

Thank LilwenLlewellyn
Reviewed today via mobile

A must visit. The song 'Grace' comes to life and hits home the meaning of it. Steeped in history. 🍀🍀

Thank KevinRey
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Amazing! Such history, and our tour guide was great. It brought goose bumps to my arms to hear about the 1916 Rising and the executions of the leaders, and it was emotional to be walking in their steps. A must for anyone travelling to Dublin.

Thank DisaOS
Reviewed yesterday

Kilmainham Goal is a must to visit especially for those who are interested in the history of the Ireland and for those younger generation who has Irish roots from their forefathers.. The tour is expertly delivered and one will come to experience the hard life...More

Thank Stay827143
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very cool and interesting museum. Tour last about an hour and gives some good background on the 1916 Irish rebellion for those that do. It know about that. Worth the time to go.

Thank FrequentTravelDenver
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The people running this place are horrendous and should be ashamed of the way they treat people of the clergy.

Thank Cassie1318
Reviewed yesterday

Stopped by and was told I had to get a ticket for a later entry time that same day. Was a little hesitant because it was an inconvenience, but it was well worth it. This was one of my favorite things to do in the...More

Thank mrryanrios
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This place is great. Brilliantly informative and reasonably priced. A very good way to pass a couple of hours and get an insight into Irish history.

1  Thank Keith F
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The tour was guided by David, who gave an excellent delivery. It was informative and moving - if you are staying in Dublin you should go. All the staff were so friendly.

1  Thank Emma C
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I can not recommend this tour enough. The guides are very knowledgeable and the place is very interesting you really learn a lot about Ireland’s history and politics. You get to walk through the old jail and take some great photos.

1  Thank ClaireGaz123
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8 October 2018|
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Response from jolynep | Reviewed this property |
Approximately an hour / allow an extra hour for the self guided part
17 September 2018|
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Response from Brendan D | Reviewed this property |
34 min (2.7 km) via R810 and Kilmainham Ln
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12 September 2018|
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Response from jbyrnes1 | Reviewed this property |
Not that I saw