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Kilmainham Gaol

Inchicore Road | Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland (Kilmainham)
01 453 5984
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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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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

absolutly excellent ! Best thing we went on. Only 6 euro but free with Dublin pass which we had. Fabulous tour and guide amazing. What more can I say . Except check guide on Saturday 18 at 11.20am. She was fab!!

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Atlanta, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

This jail tour is well done but it did make our British friends a bit uncomfortable. It is all about the uprising against the British and how the leaders were treated and finally put to death in the courtyard.

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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Tour guide was very informative. One wing was closed for renovations, which resulted in a discounted price. Normally only 6 Euro, so very reasonable. Absolutely worth seeing.

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Boston, MA
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

During our "hop on/hop off" bus tour we knew this was a must see from reading earlier reviews of "things to do" in Dublin. We were not disappointed. After waiting in line for 10 minutes, we were assigned tickets for a tour which would start in just over one hour. (They have a great system in order to keep tours... More

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Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

GREAT tour guides - FANTASTIC as a trip for groups. Unfortunately part of the jail was closed for renovations, but all in all a great experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

This is, as it should be, a very popular and worthwhile attraction. I am glad that the Irish people were able to save this shrine to the injustices that were imposed upon the Irish people through the years (Unfortunately this type of institution exists all over the world intended to deal with the poor and desperate that do desperate things... More

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

For €4 you get an interesting 45 minutes tour. make sure you go early or on mondaymorning. 1 wing was closed for renovation but this is the reason for €4 instead of €6! Overall; worth a visit.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful glimpse into the early days of the birth of the Irish Republic. Our tour guide spoke with such passion and expertise that one could not help but be transported back to those darkest days. Those interested in history will love the glimpse into the humanity of the early heroes of the republic. This trip is a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Went to Dublin with my husband, sister and brother in law. Whilst on the bus tour my sister said she would like to visit the gaol. I wasnt too bothered but as it was only €5 (€4 for oap's) entry we decided to go and see it. We actually went on the local bus (either the 13 or 40) from... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Kilmainham Goal is an old jail with a very interesting and tragic history. It housed political prisoners from several rebellions as well as common thieves, prostitutes and others. Men, women and children were all housed together in the same cell. It is said that the youngest prisoner was a 7-year old boy (I think they said it was for stealing... More

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