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Kilmainham Gaol

Inchicore Road | Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland (Kilmainham)
01 453 5984
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Ranked #9 of 285 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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

We visited the gaol on a recent holiday in Dublin. Our tour guide Michael was extremely well informed and was able to answer all our questions both about the gaol and events that had taken place there. Well worth a visit if you are interested in Irish history

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Ames, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

As we toured the Gaol, the guide explained the various political uprisings that had resulted in people being incarcerated and executed. It was an interesting context in which to learn about the history of Ireland.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

Very interesting - only went because someone else said it was great and I highly recommend it! Very well done!

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Puebla, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

My friends hopped off the (Excellent) green bus to go to the Guinness Brewery but after visiting the Main Post Office Museum, and reading the letter Thomas MacDonagh's wife wrote to him two years before he was executed here, and also hearing many tales of Kilmainham Gaol, I hopped off the bus at this stop to be blessed with the... More

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Holland Township, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

Tour guide was excellent! Heart breaking to hear the stories about the conditions and children. Would visit again on the next trip.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

Wonderful...lots of history here. Actually too much. The guide was excellent, but too excellent. She spoke in a monotone voice with too much information. It would have been better in my opinion to scale down the information. I was on overload.

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Sanford, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

If you do purchase a hop on hop off pass (go for the green not the red line - 3x the buses!) be sure to make the Kilmainham Gaol an early stop. It has a nominal charge and has a very interesting history.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Along with the explanation of the jail itself you get a history of a few key occupants who create an interesting story for your tour. You'll also see the exact cells in which famous prisoners stayed. Cool place, great guided tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Visited this museum with my parents on a gloomy Dublin day. Our tour guy Ben was fantastic and extremely knowledgeable. The tour was creepy and haunting - filled with interesting stories and facts. Overall I would highly recommend this tour.

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Ballincollig, Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

I went to visit with my daughter and as I am wheelchair user and it is a very old building I was a bit apprehensive about it but I was very pleasently surprised with my visit. First of all I could get around most of it and we were give a Guide on our own as it was easier to... More

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