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Kilmainham Gaol

Inchicore Road | Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland (Kilmainham)
01 453 5984
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Ranked #8 of 279 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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Ridgewood,NJ
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Definitely a must see. Makes you appreciate how hard the Irish have worked toward Independence and how many lives were lost along the way . Jail is sad considering not that long ago these people were being executed and tortured to be free. Enlightening . Be sure to check out the sculptures across the street from entrance to the jail... More

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Cologne, Germany
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

There are 2 main things to say about this attraction: 1) you learn more about the history of Ireland than the actual gaol itself. Dermott was our guide and he spoke very clearly and succinctly which was nice for the majority of our tour who were not native English speakers. The history of the country and the gaol are often... More

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

A somewhat grisly, but informative tour. Guide was knowledgeable and presented information well. Best bang for buck.

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Braintree, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I couldn't say whether this 'attraction' is worth the 2km ( 45 minute) walk out of Dublin City Centre because we weren't allowed entry. My cousin from the USA wanted to see this, so taking the Tourist Information officers advice we walked there from Dublin City Centre (as he said there wasn't much parking). We had a small child with... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW via mobile

Arrived at 11.00, and had to wait for about 20 mins in the queue before we could get in to browse the museum. Then another 40 mins before entering the guided tour proper, but none of it felt like a long wait at all. Very well told stories with clear passion and knowledge from the staff, and the stories of... More

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dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

The man was all shot through, that came today into the barracks square and I am not proud to say that we killed him there , "They brought him from the prision hospital and to see him in that chair I swear a smile would far more call a man to prayer. They say he was kindly to apart from... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

A group of us visited Kilmainham Gaol and had a very enthusiastic guide, Enda, who clearly loves what he does. He gave a great, informative, interesting tour. Very good value at 6Euro. Arrive early in the day to avoid queing. Close to Kilmainham Hospital for a lovely walk around the grounds, and nice coffee shop in the courtyard.

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Saint Johns, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The tour was about an hour and very reasonably priced. The tour guide was extremely informative about the history of the jail, including it's use during the Potato Famine and the Irish Civil War. The architecture of the jail is amazing. Seeing the inside of the cells and the grounds where some notable events occurred was, at times, "chilling." If... More

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Fall River, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We almost didn't make it to Kilmainham during our trip, but I am so glad we did. It was one of the most memorable parts of our trip. The museum was interesting, and sad. The tour guides were very respectful and spoke of conditions in Dublin, the gaol, and of particular inmates. From child inmates who stole food as not... More

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Dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I have a huge interest in Irish history and have done this tour numerous times. It is a great visitor attraction for anyone visiting Dublin. Be sure to get there early as it is extremely popular.

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