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Kilmainham Gaol

Address: Inchicore Road | Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland
Phone Number: 01 453 5984
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Ranked #7 of 253 Attractions in Dublin
Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This bleak old jail was notorious in the 19th century for its harsh...
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Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: This bleak old jail was notorious in the 19th century for its harsh treatment of prisoners.
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

We visited the gaol on the recommendation of TripAdvisor, we probably wouldn't have bothered otherwise but I'm so glad we did. Not only was it opposite our hotel, we stayed at the Hilton, but it really brought to life the struggles that Ireland has gone through to get where it is today. You get time in the museum and then... More 

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

The guided tour to the jail was interesting and informative. It opens your eyes to the happenings of past years. We should all ensure that such happenings never occur again. The guide during the trip was most informative and answered all questions. If you are in Dublin it is a must do trip.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

The tour was excellent, the guides split the group in two and we managed to learn so much. We went back up to the Museum after the tour to look at specific items discussed on the tour.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Good place to visit if you have an interest in Irish political history, as most of the tour is given to the political prisoners that have been held here over the years. Exceptionally cold in winter, which for me added to the sense of misery that the inmates must have suffered.

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Potters Bar, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Really interesting to learn the stories of the pastinmates and of the jail itself. The jail is guided visits only, every 30 minutes of around 35 people so it's recommended to go in the morning, because once all slots for the day have been filled then people are just turned away so be sure to get there early to avoid... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

didn't really know what to expect from this, but l have to say was so interesting and I learnt such a lot about the Irish history and felt a real sense of being there wandering around could quite imagine what it was like back then, our guide was very good too

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Half Moon Bay, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

This tour is a very good introduction to contemporary Irish history, especially the martyrs of the Easter Rising in 1916. The guides paint a chilling picture of the hardships of life for Irish people before the Republic. What struck me most is that the people who were imprisoned there were not, generally, violent or greedy. They were simply desperate. This... More 

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Staffordshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Well im not much of a historian, indeed there are some historic places of interest that i have not been to in England, but my wife convinced me to go, im so glad i did i was captivated, the museum first followed by the guided tour. Costing only €4 each incredible value, but so interesting. Please take time to visit,... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Extremely interesting place to visit. As the Gaol housed many political prisoners, the tour touches on broader Irish political history as well as the history of the prison itself. The content of the attached museum is fascinating and we could've spent much longer than the almost 2h we did exploring it. Only slight downside is that parts of the Gaol... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Kilmainham Gaol is very interesting and the guides have so much to tell you. The admission fee is very small, so worth it! My only criticism is that I was in a large group and couldn't hear everything, and it would have been nice to walk around on my own. That being said it should definitely be on your lost... More 

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