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Kilmainham Gaol

Inchicore Road | Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland (Kilmainham)
01 453 5984
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Ranked #9 of 284 Attractions in Dublin
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Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums
Description: This bleak old jail was notorious in the 19th century for its harsh treatment of prisoners.
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West Malling, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

Go early in the day and enjoy yourself. We had a friendly and informative guide called Emma. Well worth a visit.

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Wamboin, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

This is a terrific tourist attraction with no gimmicks - a summary of the political history surrounding the forming of the Irish Republic - at 6 euros its ridiculous value. Museum is small but well presented and interesting and tour guide very knowledgable. A credit to Ireland. Be aware you can only tour the gaol in a group but you... More

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Geelong, Australia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

A friend had recommended we take this tour. We used the hop on hop off bus and after reading previous reviews on trip advisor went in the morning so we missed the queues and were able to go straight in. The displays are well worth a look and probably mean more after doing the guided tour. The guide was very... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Great history, great tour, eye opening, really worth the price, a must for any dublin visit, on the hop on hop off route which was great

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Sea Isle City, New Jersey
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Even though we had to wait a long time to get tickets and get the tour it was worth it. This is a great way to try to understand what was going on with the jail system and the various uprisings in Ireland. Our tour guide was excellent and the number of people in the group just right.

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Deposit, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

As I have stated, this tour fits well with the Glasnevin Cemetery tour. It reinforces an Irish history lesson that is not fun but worthwhile knowing and understanding. The tour guides do their best to relate graves and history to the individuals on the tour. Both tours are highly recommended.

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Atlanta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

There's a small museum and film about the jail which were informative. And our guide (all tours are guided) gave us great info about the jail and some of the 'famous' people in it. It is unreal the conditions the inmates had to suffer through. It's wonderful Ireland is taking care to preserve some of its history. A highlight of... More

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Cambridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

A former prison, this is definitely worth a visit, it is further outside the city centre, but just get the Hop on/off bus which stops right outside, on some days be prepared to queue and you cannot pre-book, tickets are sold on a first come first serve at €6 pp, Sunday seemed the better day to go and get there... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Well worth a vists and its really cheap, only 6 Euros. Takes about an hour to do and the tour guide we had was very knowledgeable

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Grenoble, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

It's definitively worth it to go : I'll learned a lot about the history of Ireland and the visit is very well organised.

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