Kilmainham Gaol

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General Information

Kilmainham Gaol is a former prison that is now a museum, it is situated in Dublin, Ireland. The prison was opened in 1796 and was decommissioned in 1924. The sizable prison used to hold prisoners of all genders and ages. It has a strong connection to the battle for power in Ireland with many Irish Nationalists being imprisoned and executed at the prison by the British during the Easter Uprising in 1916. Since 1971 it has been a museum, that educates people on prison life at Kilmainham as well as the history of some of its prisoners.  

Getting there

The former prison is situated in the Kilmainham area of Dublin. If travelling by car, there is a car park next to the former prison. By bus, take the 69 or 79 from the city centre that both stop at the museum.

Opening Times and Admission

The museum is open daily, 9.30am-6pm. You can only tour the museum on a guided tour and it is advised that you arrive 15 minutes before your tour is scheduled to start. Tickets for the tours cost 8 euros for adults and 4 euros for concessions.

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  • Inchicore Rd, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, D08 RK28, Republic of Ireland
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Posted: 6 Apr 2021, 11:46





Well worth a visit here to learn about our nation and its not too distant struggles and the atrocities. More than reasonably priced for a guided tour too.

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