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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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Part of the jail was closed when we visited which was unfortunate but nevertheless it was still a fascinating visit. The tour guide was very passionate and gave a gripping... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Part of the jail was closed when we visited which was unfortunate but nevertheless it was still a fascinating visit. The tour guide was very passionate and gave a gripping account of the history of the building. It's amazing to think what was happening in that space less than a hundred years ago.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

You have to book tickets for a timed tour when you arrive. The next tour that we could do was 45 minutes later, so decided to have lunch in their coffee shop. Wish we hadn't bothered. Queued for ages in a tiny space for a tasteless ham sandwich and the most awful tasting sausage roll. The poor staff were rushed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Great place to visit. Very factual and the tour guides were very knowledgable and polite. Lovely tea rooms too but they do close at 5pm so just be mindful of this.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We took our teenagers on the tour of the gaol , managed to keep them interested which these days is quite an achievement. Seeing the jail itself is interesting but the guide did an excellent job of explaining how events at the jail had a defining effect on the course of Irish history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

It wasn't in 2014 I was there in 2011. Anyways it was an awesome stop and great tour through the historical jail that held the leaders of the Irish revolution. The tour guides were very good at their job and knew a lot about the history that has taken place here. A must see for sure.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Had a great few hours exploring the jail museum and guided tour. We arrived around 2.30 on Friday only to find it had sold out that day as entry is on a first come first serve basis. We therefore came back the following day around 10am. You cannot book online for the tour. Absolutely fantastic and worth going back for.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Very dark place but you walk away with a good I dear what Ireland was like during the Famine that the people would commit crimes to get in there for the 3 meals a day. Very cold and damp. You also see where the Rebels were jailed and sentenced to death

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

An insightful, engaging tour charting the history of the Gaol; particularly interesting are the heart-breaking impact of the famine and the imprisonment of some of our nation's most inspirational political prisoners. Particularly poignant in the lead up to the anniversary of 1916. Very engaging tour guide and fascinating museum. Best to arrive earlier in the day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

As part of our Dublin trip my two friends and I went to Kilmainham Goal, it was a shame that part of it was being renovated, but it did'nt spoil the visit..the young lady who gave us the guided tour was full of information and very approachable, Kilmainham is a must for to see,the feel of the place is very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Amazing attraction, very well presented and organized. Tour guide (Ruairí) was extremely knowledgeable, witty and approachable. Excellent value for money. Could have spent hours there. Everyone else on the tour seemed equally as pleased. Highly recommended!!

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