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Kilmainham Gaol

Address: Inchicore Road | Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland
Phone Number: 01 453 5984
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Ranked #6 of 218 Attractions in Dublin
Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums, Cultural
Owner description: This bleak old jail was notorious in the 19th century for its harsh...
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Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums, Cultural
Owner description: This bleak old jail was notorious in the 19th century for its harsh treatment of prisoners.
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Cary, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

We missed out on this tour our first day in Dublin and made a point to return when we returned to Dublin at the end of our trip. We were very glad that we made a point to visit. Great, great tour. Very interesting and steeped in history. Highly recommended!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

One of the best sources of Irish history you are going to encounter. Tour guides are very knowledgeable. Get there early!

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Guisborough, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed the tour here and had a discount as the main section was closed off for renovations which was a bit disappointing. Tour guide was excellent and gave us lots if historical information about the jail but I think the tour was short and could be made longer. Museum gives lots of information which is easy to understand and gives... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

This site was highly recommended to us; and as it was a stop on the Hop on/Hop Off Bus, we decided to take a chance. Be sure to go early, as the crowds grow throughout the day, and you'll have to stand in line. I didn't know that much about this aspect of Irish history, so it was fascinating to... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Living in Ireland I know the general ins and outs of its history, however having a tour of Kilmainham Gaol with its running commentary really fascinated me and taught me so much... The tour guides are in depth and keep their speeches on point and interesting. Great price as well!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

On our way back after a wonderful trip of County Wicklow, we were searching for a place in Dublin and found this place. I have never attended a guided tour before but my first experience was excellent, our guide was David. One of the main section in the prison is closed but rest of the places are also worth visiting.... More 

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ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

I agree with another reviewer-who I suspect was on my tour! Our guide was very knowledgeable and interesting- but apologised for giving us "too much history" and for " it being cold". Well it's a jail- so the cold is what we expected and in fact if it was warm and toasty it would lose its impact- and I was... More 

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Tralee, Ireland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

I visited Kilmainham yesterday I had brought my family to Dublin specifically to go there. I had researched it first and read the reviews on Trip Advisor which had been positive. We were SO DISAPPOINTED our tour lasted a half an hour, the guide apologised on a number of occasions for the cold and giving us so much history. I... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

This is where the leaders of the 1916 rising were executed which probably made this jail famous. It had many illustrious prisoners in it's day, many with revolution on their mind. It was also a common garden jail for people who stole a loaf of bread or committed a crime for which today we would laugh. It was sufficient at... More 

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Willingdon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

The history of this place is very interesting and the building feels as though it oozes history. It is also interesting to see the parts used in the film "The Italian Job". Well worth a visit.

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