Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric Sites
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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This bleak old jail was notorious in the 19th century for its harsh treatment of prisoners.
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  • Simon L
    Los Gatos, California15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gaol time - well spent
    We took a tour with Daniel through the Gaol and it’s history - he was fantastic and really interesting - made me realize how little Irish history I knew. The tour lasts an hour walking through the Gaol as a group and ends at the museum. Recommend this!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 19, 2023
  • toby m
    Bronx, New York29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss it!
    Don't miss it! Tickets were available for the day at 8:45am. Wonderful tour guide, Daniel. Spoke slowly so he was easy to understand. Talked about many aspects of the jail. There is a wonderful museum attached and if you are not lucky enough to snag tickets for the tour they do let you into the museum (maybe for free). don't miss the exhibit on the restoration done by an entirely volunteer crew.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 22, 2023
  • tui tucker
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best tourist activity so far in Ireland
    We visited today and had Harry as our tour guide. He was brilliant. He taught us so much. We had our 4 and 6 year old with us and he engaged them in the tour and theyve spent all afternoon asking me to play Grace on spotify. I cant recommend this tour enough. Best tourist activity Ive done in Ireland.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • mish
    40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best attraction in Dublin … time well spent
    The tour guide was amazing. She took her time and explained all the history of the prison and Ireland. Throat was far the best time of our weekend visiting Dublin. Tickets can sell out 6 weeks in advance. We bought tickets in the day at 9 am online from cancellations.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 23, 2023
  • nhmom27
    Concord, New Hampshire74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Amazing Tour and Museum!
    This was an excellent tour and our guide Mary Anne was wonderful! She packed a lot of information into the one hour tour but it was never boring. The place is fascinating and you learn so much about the history of this beautiful country. We also enjoyed talking to Daisy another guide who was stationed in the self-guided galleries at the end of the tour. Be sure to book ahead and arrive on time at this amazing place!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Maree C
    Inverness, United Kingdom107 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous tour
    Very enjoyable and entertaining tour of Kilmainham gaol. Book early as we almost missed out but managed to get a cancellation on the website early in the morning for the day we visited. Our guide was a young woman who was brilliant (can’t spell her name!) what she didn’t know wasn’t worth knowing. Very professional and knowledgeable. We had a lovely lunch in the cafe afterwards.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Darryl L
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent value for money
    Excellent value, great history very well conveyed by an extremely knowledge Marianne. The court house and museum are new since I was there last. My 13 year old daughter thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Carl R
    Independence, Ohio15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kilmainham Gaol Visit
    Wow! Do not miss this place! The docents are extremely knowledgeable and professional. They bring the past alive. Walking in a place so much a part of Irish history was astounding. Reservations need to be booked weeks in advance online.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Kris Gale
    Melbourne, Australia6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommend
    10/10 experience Highly recommend visiting. You leave with a greater understanding and appreciation of freedom and sacrifices made by those who came before us. Great value for money as the tour is fully guided by a professional and knowledgeable guide.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Joan
    Westhill, United Kingdom21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top tourist attraction
    Really interesting place to visit and our guide was excellent. Made the tour exciting and good to listen to. Learned a lot about the uprising and the events that followed. Amazing to see the restoration that has been carried out to save this building. Also great to see where the prison scenes in the original “Italian Job” were filmed and Paddington. Good self guided exhibition as well at the end with photos from the times of the uprising and loads more information. Food in the cafe was also excellent and very reasonably priced.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
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Meghan
Harlow, UK15 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Having been recommended the tour by loads of people previously I'd excitedly tried to book our tickets in advance but the dates we were in Dublin were showing as sold out. When I emailed to enquire about the availability as there was a notice saying there was work being done on the site around those dates, I had a copied and pasted response from the website. I then replied to ask a more specific question which was just completely ignored. That said, about a week before we were due to arrive, tickets strangely became available for the date we wanted but this was only found through checking the site every morning, NOT through any kind of helpful communication.

When we arrived for our tour, which admittedly we were running 5 minutes late for, we were asked if we wanted to go for the slightly later tour instead which worked perfectly as we had a nice coffee and cake in the cafe while we waited. Our tour guide had a lot of information but unfortunately she recited it in a robotic and clearly scripted way that left everyone on the tour bored and unimpressed.

Having been looking forward to this tour and been recommended it, I was left hugely disappointed and to be honest, no more educated on the integral part of Irish history that the museum holds. For a nation known for their passionate ability to tell a story, I can't help but feel our guide for the day really let the whole experience down.
Written February 21, 2020
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Rusmir
Dublin, Ireland190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Brilliant way to end your Easter Rising tour, as Kilmainham Gaol is the place where Conolly and others were executed. Museum/Jail is located in center city north-west side, the best way of getting there from city centre is by using a tram - red luas line, direction from Abbey street / Jervis towards Tallaght. Tour lasts between 45 mins and 1 hour and it's telling sad, brave and heartbreaking story in regards to Easter Rising. I will highly recommend to book tickets online, because attraction is very popular and all the times fully booked, so you won't be dissapointed if you just walk in and they refuse you, because all the tours for a day are being sold out. For a longer stay 7+ days this is a must see spot.
Written September 19, 2020
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Maja I
Osijek, Croatia241 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This, for me, was one of the highlights of learning about Dublin (and Irish) history. This tour is really immersive, they take you through the cold stone corridors and cells, and tell you heartbreaking and inspirational stories about the men, women and children who were held there. Be prepared to walk through narrow corridors, climb stone steps, see some grisly stuff, but also to walk away with a bit of hope in your heart. I would recommend this tour to anyone over the age of 7 (that's just my opinion). Also, this is a really hard tour to book, since it sells out 3 to 4 weeks in advance, your best bet is to buy online tickets well in advance. Get there like 45 minutes early (or leave yourself some time after the tour) to check out their museum, you won't be sorry.
Written January 18, 2020
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Ovidiu S
Carei, Romania143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Great experience in this prison. Our tour guide David was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions, it’s very interesting to hear about the history of this place, and actually we were able to go inside in most of the prison cell. The tour took around a hour and 10 min, after that we visited the huge museum , it was included in the same price of 8 euros.
Written February 14, 2020
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paddiperkins
United Kingdom142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I have already confessed a lack of knowledge of Irish history & most of what I knew was limited to that was given to me at school so the trip to the Goal was an eyeopener to say the least.
I was familiar with the harshness of the justice system of the past but I couldn't help but me moved by the guides description of the prisoners especially those executed there.
It's hard to fathom the logic or reasoning behind some of the decisions.
What equally struck me was the comment that those incarcerated during the famine where actually 'lucky' as at least they were fed! This concept has some resonance today with my voluntary work with the homeless for whom a spell in a prison can bring some respite to constant fear, risk of attack, cold & hunger.
Truly a thought provoking visit.
It is simple enough to get there by tram & short walk. There is a modest entrance fee & booking is recommended.When went the booking system was down so we turned up on spec & were lucky to be able to buy tickets for later in the day. We took the opportunity to look around the museum first & have a cup of tea in the cafe before the 30 minute guided tour within the inner sections of the prison.
Written February 2, 2020
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Liz C
Liverpool, UK72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
We only had a part tour as some is undergoing renovations, but what we did see was so interesting! Widely regarded as one of the most popular attractions in the city, we were repeatedly warned it pays to get to the Gaol early to avoid disappointment. Being winter, we didn't have too much trouble but I imagine in summer it gets very busy.

Hear about the tales of some of the more famous prisoners as well as some history of the prison. There is a small museum too as well as a cafe. Brilliant to see. For the very cheap entry fee I'd definitely recommend taking an early trip to see Kilmainham.
Written January 20, 2020
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Callum P
Sleaford, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Wasn't really sure what to expect but once we had a look around the museum before the tour it was clear there was alot of history within the prison. The tour was brilliant as well, the tour guide was so passionate about the history of the prison and I was so keen to listen to everything he had to say. I would highly recommend visiting. I would also recommend visiting the wax museum too, as you can see a few of the people and their short story that were mentioned during the tour.
Written March 4, 2020
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waynenshell
Exeter, UK62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Very interesting tour with a lot of history definitely worth visiting. Michael our tour guide was very knowledgeable and passionate on the history about the gaol. Would recommend wrapping up warm in winter months as it is as cold inside as out.
Written February 27, 2020
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Emily M
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Friends
We had a tour today with ADAM a fabulous tour guide who was extremely enthusiastic and a wealth of knowledge. Adam is very passionate about our Irish history and I litreally hung on every word he said. We had great peace of mind as we all wore masks or shields with COVID 19 the tour was a small group. Booking is essential, it can last anything from 30 to 40 minutes although I do believe our tour alsmot hit the hour mark. They have sanitising stations throughout the museum and operate a one way system. We met a gentleman called Michael another guide in the museum after and he was another asset to our experience with his knowledge and his expertise. I would highly recommend a visit to kilmainham ghaol. I will be back again once covid 19 has eased up and we can access all areas where social distancing is hard to maintain. Thank you Emily Galway
Written August 27, 2020
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Spuddles
Arthingworth, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This museum experience was launched in 2016 as part of the centenary of the Easter Rising. The gaol has been sensitively prepared for visitors without having the patina renovated out of existence. The tour, led by Erin, was extremely well-organised and slick and our guide was informative and knowledgeable. Having read about the rebels for over 25 years, it was a thrill to be able to see their names above the very cells where they were incarcerated. The site of their deaths by firing squad was highly moving. This was our number one experience as part of a three day trip to Dublin and I would highly recommend it.
Written January 13, 2020
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