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Kilmainham Gaol

Inchicore Road | Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland
+353 1 453 5984
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This bleak old jail was notorious in the 19th century for its harsh treatment of prisoners.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Inchicore Road | Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland
+353 1 453 5984
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Had a very passionate tour guide very keen to tell us how evil the English were. The prison is amazing to be inside and the museum is deeply informative. Absolutely worth a visit.

Thank TheAdventuresofAandK
Reviewed yesterday

Excellent tour! Our tour guide Adam was AMAZING!! Really captured the essence of the history of the place. Definitely recommend making reservations ahead of time. Easy to get to on the public bus or the Green hop-on-off bus. Worth a visit!

Thank KrisPena
Reviewed yesterday

In Dublin for a couple of days, I'd opted for one of the hop-on/hop-off bus tours - which conveniently had a stop at the Gaol. On arrival, I didn't find staff particularly welcoming - one person at the main door with a rather obstructive nature....More

Thank nick164
Reviewed yesterday

We learned so much about the history of Dublin during the tour! Don't miss it! Make sure you get your tickets ahead of time. Otherwise, they have 150 reserve tickets available when they open at 9, for times through out the day.

Thank meagskeb
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The jail tour was well worth the trip. The long history of this place, and its place in Irish history is explained by their well informed guides. Do know, however, that you need a ticket to get in for a specific tour, so book ahead...More

Thank 1962Carolyn
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We all really enjoy our tour and learned so much from our very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide, Sean. You really feel the history of this place and the museum that you can visit after the tour is worth doing do. It's certainly one attraction that...More

Thank Chilled04
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I can't add anything else to the other reviews. Just make sure you book ahead of time (1 or 2 days).

Thank Andrew P
Reviewed 2 days ago

My wife and I visited Kilmainham Goal in August 2017. Make sure you book your tickets online in advance or you are not likely to get it. The history is amazing and the tour guides are top notch. Plan for about two hours or you...More

Thank Jeremy L
Reviewed 2 days ago

As described in all the travel books, this was really a scary place when you think back to when it was used. the guide who did our tour was excellent. His descriptions were readily visioned . You could almost see the prisoners in their misery....More

Thank produceguy
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A must for anyone wanting to get a feel for what Irish men & women endured during English occupation and how that treatment of political, as-well-as common law breaking people (some pre-teens), helped turn the feelings of everyday people and united a nation to throw...More

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Margaret H
2 August 2017|
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Response from Shawn D | Reviewed this property |
I walked there and am not sure. The 1 hour tour itself involved many areas that would be difficult or impossible to access in a wheelchair.
Kathy P
30 June 2017|
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Response from geo352 | Reviewed this property |
You don't have to print it ahead of time as long as you have the receipt or ticket on your phone. Definitely want to book a head of time so you get the time slot you want. There were people who came after us and couldn't... More
28 June 2017|
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Response from Brian H | Reviewed this property |
There is free parking in the vacinity if you look carefully. But on paid street parking is available I am 100% sure.