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Address: Inchicore Road | Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland
Phone Number: 01 453 5984
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Description: This bleak old jail was notorious in the 19th century for its harsh...
This bleak old jail was notorious in the 19th century for its harsh treatment of prisoners.
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The Gaol is out of town, so either hop on a HoHo bus or taxi as it takes you right to the door. Its a queueing system for the tour so get there early. Once inside there is a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

The gaol was quite interesting but the tour was over very quickly. It is only 4 euros for the entrance fee so it was good value for money.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

The Gaol is out of town, so either hop on a HoHo bus or taxi as it takes you right to the door. Its a queueing system for the tour so get there early. Once inside there is a museum which is 2 floors which provides details of life inside the Gaol over the years and on the 2nd floor... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

we had to queue for 1 hour to get the tickets two hours time... ( lucky there is a museum and pub nearby to kill that time ) The main patio room you see in all the pictures is under work, so you don get to see it all ( 25 / 04 / 2015, you see a few cells... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

On our trip part of the gaol was closed for renovation (the area where the Daniel Day Lewis film was shot) but the price was reduced accordingly. We had a very informative tour after a brief intro in the gaol's former chapel. You are taken through one of the cell blocks, where political prisoners were kept, and into the exercise... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

We had an excellent guide. Not only did he have a bounty of excellent information, but he was very open to questions, and had plenty of background material to back up the basic history of this place. Truly a "history comes alive" sort of venue. Absolutely worth the wait. We went first thing on a Sunday morning, and had NO... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

The best tourist site in Dublin - and inexpensive too! The guided tour taught about Irish history and the museum exhibitions were well interpreted and thought provoking. A must see - check for opening and tour times as you have to queue.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

We arrived just before opening on a Sunday morning and there were already staff outside explaining how the tours and prices worked. Although we had free entry with city cards it was good to see they had discounted the price as one wing was closed for renovations. There is an interesting museum in a modern area made by roofing over... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Kevin was our guide, extremely knowledgeable. It was unfortunate that part of the jail was being renovated. Still a great tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

We arrived in Dublin early on Tues. a.m. and left our bags at the hotel and after breakfast took a taxi to the jail. My husband and I enjoy Irish history and always wanted to experience Kilmainham. We arrived, bought tickets and the tour started 10 min. later. I think the guide was named Enda, he was friendly and very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

The main Goal was not open as it was under restoration but there was enough to see and still well worth the visit. Run by volunteers who are keen to inform people of the history of the famines, fighting for the British in the 1st World war and the political rebelions, all of which are at the heart of Irish... More 

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