Kilmainham GaolCurrently Closed
- Address: Inchicore Rd, Dublin 8, Ireland, Dublin 8
- Timings: 09:30 am - 05:30 pm Details
- Phone: +353-14535984
- Fax: +1-014532037
- Ticket Price: 4 EUR
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Museum, Historical Site, Specialty Museum, Prison, Adults, Landmarks, Historic And Protected Sites
Kilmainham Gaol - Review
Kilmainham Gaol is a well known prison in Dublin. This place, which is out of use now, is a big tourist attraction. The prison has seen the imprisonment and execution of several famous Irish leaders. You enter through a small museum where you will get to know a lot more about Irish history and the rebellion.
It is quite easy to find this place a bit overwhelming. The silence dominates the atmosphere where prisoners had been kept without any contact with the outer world. It makes sense to hire a tour-guide to hear an authentic account of the Easter Rebellion which is closely associated with all the famous prisioners. There is a stunning hall in the middle of the prison. The big windows and the doors are protected with iron bars.
The prison also displays many manuscripts in the museum. The Irish struggle of Independence is described in detail in these. More than 200 years old this place is a very fascinating yet somber site to visit in Dublin.
Kilmainham Gaol Information
- April to September - Last admission at 5:00 pm.
- October to March - Last admission at 4:00 pm.
Kilmainham Gaol Ticket Prices
- Adult - €4.00
- Senior/Group - €3.00 (maximum 35 people in a group)
- Child/Student - €2.00
- Family - €10.00
How To reach Kilmainham Gaol by Public Transport
- Kilmainham Jail Bus Station
Restaurants Near Kilmainham Gaol
- Whitefriar Grill – Irish
- Banyi Japanese Dining – Japanese, Sushi
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Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin Reviews
Could be one of the most interesting historical place of importance in Dublin. The Irish Revolution had its roots here. There are prison cells of all major leaders (14 of them) who were executed in this prison. I would also say the Tour Guide, Mr Andy was exceptional. He told us real stories about this place with such zeal and enthusiasm. It was just amazing. Really loved it. Also, please buy your tickets online. It's better that way or else you have to wait for some time.
My dad really wanted to go here when we were in Dublin, so we got tickets. Make sure to but tickets in advance because they sell out. We got there a little early, so we waited in the prison court room until it was time for the tour to start. The tour was very interesting. Our guide was very good and told us about the history of the jail. We learned a lot about the political history of Ireland and the people imprisoned at the jail. The main room of the new side of the jail is actually really pretty with a spiral staircase and a lot of natural light. At the end, there is a museum that's included with your ticket, but we didn't have much time to spend there. I think this is definitely worth doing while in Dublin!
If you know Irish history you will likely be moved. If you don't, you'll learn a lot (and may be moved as well). Interesting and designed to be informative but not drag which can sometimes be the case with historic sites. Couple of insider tips; give yourself a bit of time to see the museum at the end of the tour and go across the road to the park to have a sneaky peak at an old graveyard.
Make sure to get tickets before hand. The tour guides are great. We learned a lot about Irish history. We also did a historical walking tour at Trinity College but I felt like I needed a PhD to follow it 😴. This tour was much more digestible. The tour is also pretty quick which I liked. You really get a feel for what the people suffered while trying to get Independence.
Wonderfully knowledgeable tour guide gave a brief history of The Easter Rising, the inmates and the executions that took place on the grounds of Kilmainham Gaol. We toured the grounds, saw cells, an exercise yard and burial plots before ending up in a nice museum area. Although there is a small gift shop as well, it was a far better experience to see the history described laid out before us rather than be preyed upon for trinket sales. a very dignified and solemn tour worthy of the men who perished within the walls. Not a tour for very young children.