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Kilmainham Gaol

Address: Inchicore Road | Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland (Kilmainham)
Phone Number: 01 453 5984
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Ranked #9 of 290 Attractions in Dublin
Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums, Cultural
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Owner description: This bleak old jail was notorious in the 19th century for its harsh treatment of prisoners.
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Zwolle, The Netherlands
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Although the east wing was closed for renovation when we visited we still had a interesting time here. A must if you want to learn more about Ireland's bloody history. The museum had some things of interest as well, like the "last word" section with letters of the prisoners. Tour guide was excellent. Also nice that they reduced entry price... More

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Berkeley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

I never wanted to go to jail but here is a place i would tell everyone to visit. It will make you think of the past, the suffering and of our hero's.

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Honefoss, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

A visit to the Kilmainham Prison is a must when visiting Dublin. The guides has great knowledge of the old history of this old prison. By walking around, especially in the winter season, it is very easy to imagine how tough the live here must have been.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Found this tour to be very interesting and informative. Our tour guide was very generous with her time dealing with Q&A. Everything was covered in the duration and you were brought around the whole Gaol and could get a feel of what it must have been like for inmates at the time. For anyone who hasnt been its certainly worth... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Nice visit, we had a great guide with a passion for history. (Peter). We didn't have to wait long and get a reduction because of works in the jail.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

The main part of the Gaol was closed. :( The museum was a good introduction prior to the tour. Our tour guide, David, was well informed and engaging. Would consider revisiting to see the rest of it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Really good tour guide, giving insight into irish history from the famine onwards. Sadly part of the gaol was closed for work, but the admission price was cut to allow for this. Probably the best value for money of our trip to Dublin.

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Chicago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

The history of this place is the reason to come here, as this jail played a huge role in Irish independence. I learned a lot from the exhibit,the guide and the tour. But, the tour itself was lacking. We couldn't see inside a cell and we didn't see the dramatic multi story cellblock that you see in photos. Don't know... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

We took the green line tour bus to the gaol. It was an eye opening experience. The tour guide was brilliant and a good story teller, he told us a lot of the history and tried to get us to imagine being an inmate. It is so interesting and makes you realise just how lucky we are nowadays.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Great insight into Ireland sometimes turbulent history, go early in the morning to avoid queues and hopefully the east wing will be reopened

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