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“Glasnevin Cemetery” 5 of 5 stars
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Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
Finglas Road, Dublin 11, Ireland
+353 1 882 6550
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Glasnevin Cemetery Tour in Dublin
Ranked #2 of 393 things to do in Dublin
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Owner description: Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum are both the guardians and storytellers for over 1.5 million people. From the ordinary to the truly extraordinary, these people helped shape the Ireland of today. We want to share their stories and times with you through tours of the cemetery, a visit to the museum or through a genealogy search for your family history. We are a not-for-profit organisation and all proceeds are used to sustain and improve our cemeteries to ensure they are places of beauty, interest and intrigue.
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“Glasnevin Cemetery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

I would highly recommend this tour. I was a bit reluctant initially. Did I really want to spend two hours in a cemetery? I did not feel the time. Bridget, the tour guide was so interesting and informative. We had a light lunch afterwards. All were happy.

Visited January 2013
Thank Anne C
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Kerry Ireland
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“Here the dead are brought back to glorious life”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

Having had it on my list of places to see for a long time, it was with relief that I was finally there that I entered Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum on a cold Sunday in January. And what a delight awaited us - a fantastic museum that was interesting and accessible, anticipating the interest levels of the different people that might visit and how much they might want to read or view. The history of the cemetery itself is presented through video, artefacts, sound and images and gives a great introduction to visitors to the multi-cultural and all-embracing nature of this unique all-denominational burial grounds. Along with those of some fame and none, are some of the best known names in Irish history. The flick of a touch screen allows you read more about these while the majority of a floor is - rightly - given over to detailing the life of the Liberator, Daniel O'Connell, who was a man of huge international importance - something I had forgotten despite being a fellow Kerry person! He was the founder of the cemetery, among many other things, and his life's work and colour is presented in a very engaging way. People can also get details on family members that might be buried in Glasnevin and the ticket in entitles you to a discount on that search. When we were all historied out we headed for the Tower Cafe for refreshments which were fine - nothing too exciting despite the many cookery books that were strategically placed around the place - a bit more innovation here would be welcome.
There are guided tours during the day of the cemetery itself which is a fabulous place - a garden and home for the dead - and the one I joined was full of information and humour - a good mix for those of us still on this side of the great divide.

Visited January 2013
Thank BeannKerryIreland
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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“interesting genealogy centre”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

very interesting for your genealogy. you can use their computers to search the records. the tour is a very good one-lots of history involved. it is being restored so all the very old tomb stones are getting a makeover and making the cemetery look a much better place. if thats possible with a cemetery. most of my irish relatives are buried there so i visit every time i go to dublin.

Visited September 2012
Thank jacqui h
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Great (hi)story telling”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013 via mobile

This tour is great. The tour guide is charming, funny and through a walk arund the graves, points out the most important people in the history of ireland and tells their stories. I really enjoyed it!

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“Delve into Ireland's history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Huge cemetary just outside Dublin city centre. The who's who of Irish history are buried here. The tour doesn't give a full cemetary tour, which we were hoping for, but does give a great insight to Dublin's long and illustrious history.

Visited November 2012
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