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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

This was a very informative, interesting, and haunting tour. Several locals highly recommend, rightly so. This Victorian jail holds many ghosts. This is a highlight that gives some insight to the troubling history of Ireland.

Thank littlebirdey
Reviewed yesterday

Admittedly, I am an avowed history buff with a particularly keen interest in the Easter Rising and War of Independence so this was undoubtedly the highlight of my time in Dublin. You must book in advance and take the tour that is offered but it...More

Thank Johnnythemanatee
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is such an impactful part of Dublin's history. The tour is moving and meaningful. I highly recommend taking this tour if you have the time!

Thank B D
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Cannot say enough about this tour! A must see to appreciate the Republic of Ireland! The guide is top notch and you can feel their passion for the history!

Thank lizcU4232SF
Reviewed yesterday

We were sort of tired when taking the tour since we had just flown in (overnight) then battled the traffic. But our tour guide was great and very responsive to our questions. Our attention petered out before we could get all the way through museum...More

Thank LisaBgrrr
Reviewed yesterday

Staff very imformative. Make sure you book in advance. We just turned up after using the hop on/hop off bus and had to wait a few hours for a tour and only them got on the short tour. Easy to book online in advance.

Thank Nyree99
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I had no idea the history behind this place ... speechless! The tour guide was passionate about getting the story out and the facts behind it. A must see!!

Thank RobynNZ123
Reviewed 2 days ago

The guided tour was a must, in order to learn the history and main points about the gaol. The museum offered some excellent information about Irish history, and about the people who'd been imprisoned here. Upstairs you'll find clean bathrooms and a nice coffee shop...More

Thank Salty2010
Reviewed 2 days ago

Everyone spoke of this as a must see and while worthwhile, I had no idea it was so far from city center. I arrived late for my required pre arranged tour, but the staff were very nice about the situation. It took me a good...More

Thank Laurie C
Reviewed 2 days ago

Really awesome tour with so much history that connects to the present! The museum is top notch also. Make the effort to book ahead and secure a spot so you don't have to chance it!

Thank Wilma W
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Kathleen D
22 September 2017|
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Response from Colleen D | Reviewed this property |
The tour itself is one hour. You are asked to arrive 15 minutes before your tour begins and you are directed to gather in a courtroom. Then your guide comes and calls your tour time. If you want to browse the museum... More
Pat S
14 September 2017|
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Response from Happydays218 | Reviewed this property |
Yes the hop on hop off bus takes you straight to the gaol just book your tickets online before you travel its well worth a trip beautiful gardens opposite with lovely tea rooms there we where early so popped in for tea and... More
13 September 2017|
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Response from chimochimo | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Best to pre-book or you may only get a half hour tour instead of the full hour.