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Address: Inchicore Road | Kilmainham, Dublin 8, Ireland
Phone Number: 01 453 5984
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This bleak old jail was notorious in the 19th century for its harsh...

This bleak old jail was notorious in the 19th century for its harsh treatment of prisoners.

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A Powerful Reminder

Forbidding, grim & gruesome, the gaol gave us an insight into the terrible conditions endured by the inmates. Entry is by guided tour only. Go early if you want to take the full... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Forbidding, grim & gruesome, the gaol gave us an insight into the terrible conditions endured by the inmates. Entry is by guided tour only. Go early if you want to take the full 1hr tour as tickets sell out fast. We missed out on the full tour & took the "Highlights" tour of 30 mins instead. Stepping into the main... More 

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Cape Town
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

You definitely have to book online to get a spot for the tour as they are fully booked! But they do a tour every 15 minutes. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. You get to see inside the prison rooms where the past prisoners was once kept and the East wing which has been used on films and TV sets.

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Thank DaisyN91
Scotstown, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great way to learn more about the life & times of Ireland with its key people over the recent centuries which our ten year old also found interesting (thanks to the recent 1916 remembrance's)

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Thank Shay M
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a fabulous guide who just new how to keep your attention for the whole tour. It has to be one of the best attractions in Dublin and well worth it. Thank you to the guide tour!

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Thank LynMichael
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is one of the best places to visit in Dublin. Really interesting if you like Irish history. I would go on a week day as its not as packed.

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Thank Aidan S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visited Kilmainham gaol as part of a visit to Dublin. The tour was excellent, the guide was very knowledgeable and interested in telling the story of the gaol. An impressive building and an impressive restoration project.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Good tour guides with enthusiasm, a cool historic building and complex. The endless periods of revolution, long lists of historical figures reeled of at a whim make it confusing for tourists to understand exactly Who, What, Where, Why? Many visitors have no knoeledge of Irish history and the mention of "Michael Collins" as if the name is self explanatory is... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I'm so glad I visited Kilmainham Gaol during the 1916 100th Year celebrations - it was very moving and the tour guide was very emotional about the whole experience - you could tell it was close to his heart and heritage which added to the excellent tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

An interesting place to visit with lots of history attached. You must prebook your tickets to avoid disappointment as does get booked up. Good tour guide.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very interesting site! Book online if you go in the summer as it gets sold out! If you can, try to read up on the history beforehand because you learn a lot in a short time! Maybe read about the people who were held in the jail sl when you see their cells and the area they were all executed... More 

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