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Kilmainham Gaol

Inchicore Road | Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland (Kilmainham)
01 453 5984
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Ranked #8 of 279 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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Braintree, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I couldn't say whether this 'attraction' is worth the 2km ( 45 minute) walk out of Dublin City Centre because we weren't allowed entry. My cousin from the USA wanted to see this, so taking the Tourist Information officers advice we walked there from Dublin City Centre (as he said there wasn't much parking). We had a small child with... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW via mobile

Arrived at 11.00, and had to wait for about 20 mins in the queue before we could get in to browse the museum. Then another 40 mins before entering the guided tour proper, but none of it felt like a long wait at all. Very well told stories with clear passion and knowledge from the staff, and the stories of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

The man was all shot through, that came today into the barracks square and I am not proud to say that we killed him there , "They brought him from the prision hospital and to see him in that chair I swear a smile would far more call a man to prayer. They say he was kindly to apart from... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

A group of us visited Kilmainham Gaol and had a very enthusiastic guide, Enda, who clearly loves what he does. He gave a great, informative, interesting tour. Very good value at 6Euro. Arrive early in the day to avoid queing. Close to Kilmainham Hospital for a lovely walk around the grounds, and nice coffee shop in the courtyard.

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Saint Johns, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The tour was about an hour and very reasonably priced. The tour guide was extremely informative about the history of the jail, including it's use during the Potato Famine and the Irish Civil War. The architecture of the jail is amazing. Seeing the inside of the cells and the grounds where some notable events occurred was, at times, "chilling." If... More

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Fall River, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We almost didn't make it to Kilmainham during our trip, but I am so glad we did. It was one of the most memorable parts of our trip. The museum was interesting, and sad. The tour guides were very respectful and spoke of conditions in Dublin, the gaol, and of particular inmates. From child inmates who stole food as not... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I have a huge interest in Irish history and have done this tour numerous times. It is a great visitor attraction for anyone visiting Dublin. Be sure to get there early as it is extremely popular.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Excellent tour with brilliant tour guide. Anne was fantastic. Not the place to be if frail as very hard to walk around there due to limestone steps.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

My fiancé and I toured the jail last Saturday, our last day in Ireland after a two week holiday. Michael was our tour guide and he did a fantastic job. He is clearly very knowledgable and passionate about Irish history and has the uncanny ability to lend the appropriate gravitas to a sobering subject matter while still making the overall... More

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This is truly a "must see" while in Dublin. What The Bastille is to France, Kilmainham Gaol is to Ireland. It is the heart of Ireland's long and tortured history towards independence. The only way to see the prison is by guided tour and the 1-hour tour is excellent. The groups are kept small and manageable and the guides are... More

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