Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
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This bleak old jail was notorious in the 19th century for its harsh treatment of prisoners.
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  • Marilyn
    Durham, North Carolina14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Powerful
    Historical. Informational. Moving. Our guide, Mick was top shelf. He originally helped us with mundane visitor information and (fortunately for us!) was also our tour guide. Mick shared his knowledge and obvious passion for Ireland and its history. I would go back just to do the tour with him again. My husband and I were moved to tears by the end.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 23, 2023
  • Susan O
    Barking, United Kingdom151 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Irish Prison History
    Hubby booked at the last minute and got a cancellation slot for later in the day so don't despair if you think there is no availability as slots are added frequently. Great museum if you want to know about Irish prison history. Use a sightseeing bus to get there!
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 28, 2023
  • Lauren S
    Exmouth, United Kingdom2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You must go here! Go on...
    You simply have to visit Kilmainham Gaol if you are spending a bit of time in Dublin. It is a haunting and sobering experience to walk through this historic structure and to hear the inspiring and tragic tales of its inmates. Our guide was INCREDIBLE. He was such a character - I could imagine him starring in an episode of Father Ted and I mean that as a total compliment. He was dramatic, entertaining but also respectful. He made the whole experience unforgettable. If Irish history interests you - I would also pay a visit to Glasnevin cemetery, another unforgettable place.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 29, 2023
  • James B
    Arlington, Virginia2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must for anyone who cares about Irish history.
    This tour is a must for anyone who cares about the history of Ireland. Visitors are taken through a tour of not only the gaol itself but its role in the lived experience of the people in Ireland before and during the Famine, through the Easter Rising, Irish Civil War, and Irish War of Independence. Our guide, Sadhbh, provided with great care and reverence the history of, impact, and legacy left by the Gaol.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 5, 2023
  • Marietta2015
    Princeton, New Jersey100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Adam was an amazing tour guide!! We learned so much!
    I would give this experience a 10 star ⭐️ and if you say you are Irish beyond St. Patrick’s Day, this tour is absolutely mandatory in understanding Irish history. Adam, our tour guide was amazing and I would have loved to spend a full day there on a private tour with Adam! Thank you. My 26 yo son raved about the tour as well so you know it’s good! Do not miss this in Dublin!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 8, 2023
  • Anne Mitsu
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent tour for the whole family
    We did the tour for children on Culture Day (13th May). It was very interesting for both adults and the young audience. Our guide Adam was excellent, very informative and brilliant at keeping the audience entertained. Adam told us lots of stories that my 8 year old son really enjoyed listening to. Considering how many famous prisoners were kept and executed in this jail, this tour should be given to any primary school child learning about Irish history. Thank you for the tour, Adam. We have learnt a lot today.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 13, 2023
  • Emma
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Culture Day Children’s Tour
    Was lucky enough to be on the children’s tour today with Adam & can’t praise him enough. My 10 year old has been talking about it to all who will listen all day. Even demanded we pop into a bookshop on the way home to pick up a book on the subject. Adam’s love and vast knowledge of all things Easter rising was evident. He also had great patients and answered all the children’s questions. Thanks so much Adam we will definitely be back.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 14, 2023
  • jeperrone
    Gurnee, Illinois46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good historical tour
    It’s a great tour with great insight into Irish history and perhaps why the people of Ireland are who they are. The museum within is loaded with history and artifacts. You MUST order tickets as soon as they become available…they sell out quickly.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 15, 2023
  • Brian H
    Austin, Texas6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating look at the inside of an amazing piece of history
    The museum presents a fascinating self guided tour of one of the most incredible buildings you can see in Dublin. It covers the buildings entire history and that's saying a lot for the staff who created the presentation. Fascinating. don't miss it!
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 20, 2023
  • Meghan
    Green Lane, Pennsylvania3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A magnificent and profound place to visit to learn about the history of Ireland.
    Kilmainham Gaol is a must see if you are looking for the history of Ireland. Here you can learn about some the troubles that the people of Ireland had gone through in the 1800s as well as learning about the Easter Rising of 1916 that helped bring Ireland to a republic. We had one of the most passionate and amazing tour guides, David. You could feel the love that David has for Kilmainham and the people that had walked through the jail. This was the 7th day of my trip to London and Dublin and Kilmainham was the most impactful place we visited during our trip. Make sure to take time during your visit to Dublin to go to Kilamainham Gaol.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 20, 2023
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Meghan
Harlow, UK15 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Having been recommended the tour by loads of people previously I'd excitedly tried to book our tickets in advance but the dates we were in Dublin were showing as sold out. When I emailed to enquire about the availability as there was a notice saying there was work being done on the site around those dates, I had a copied and pasted response from the website. I then replied to ask a more specific question which was just completely ignored. That said, about a week before we were due to arrive, tickets strangely became available for the date we wanted but this was only found through checking the site every morning, NOT through any kind of helpful communication.

When we arrived for our tour, which admittedly we were running 5 minutes late for, we were asked if we wanted to go for the slightly later tour instead which worked perfectly as we had a nice coffee and cake in the cafe while we waited. Our tour guide had a lot of information but unfortunately she recited it in a robotic and clearly scripted way that left everyone on the tour bored and unimpressed.

Having been looking forward to this tour and been recommended it, I was left hugely disappointed and to be honest, no more educated on the integral part of Irish history that the museum holds. For a nation known for their passionate ability to tell a story, I can't help but feel our guide for the day really let the whole experience down.
Written February 21, 2020
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Rusmir
Dublin, Ireland176 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Brilliant way to end your Easter Rising tour, as Kilmainham Gaol is the place where Conolly and others were executed. Museum/Jail is located in center city north-west side, the best way of getting there from city centre is by using a tram - red luas line, direction from Abbey street / Jervis towards Tallaght. Tour lasts between 45 mins and 1 hour and it's telling sad, brave and heartbreaking story in regards to Easter Rising. I will highly recommend to book tickets online, because attraction is very popular and all the times fully booked, so you won't be dissapointed if you just walk in and they refuse you, because all the tours for a day are being sold out. For a longer stay 7+ days this is a must see spot.
Written September 19, 2020
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Maja I
Osijek, Croatia246 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This, for me, was one of the highlights of learning about Dublin (and Irish) history. This tour is really immersive, they take you through the cold stone corridors and cells, and tell you heartbreaking and inspirational stories about the men, women and children who were held there. Be prepared to walk through narrow corridors, climb stone steps, see some grisly stuff, but also to walk away with a bit of hope in your heart. I would recommend this tour to anyone over the age of 7 (that's just my opinion). Also, this is a really hard tour to book, since it sells out 3 to 4 weeks in advance, your best bet is to buy online tickets well in advance. Get there like 45 minutes early (or leave yourself some time after the tour) to check out their museum, you won't be sorry.
Written January 18, 2020
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Ovidiu S
Carei, Romania150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Great experience in this prison. Our tour guide David was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions, it’s very interesting to hear about the history of this place, and actually we were able to go inside in most of the prison cell. The tour took around a hour and 10 min, after that we visited the huge museum , it was included in the same price of 8 euros.
Written February 14, 2020
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paddiperkins
United Kingdom136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I have already confessed a lack of knowledge of Irish history & most of what I knew was limited to that was given to me at school so the trip to the Goal was an eyeopener to say the least.
I was familiar with the harshness of the justice system of the past but I couldn't help but me moved by the guides description of the prisoners especially those executed there.
It's hard to fathom the logic or reasoning behind some of the decisions.
What equally struck me was the comment that those incarcerated during the famine where actually 'lucky' as at least they were fed! This concept has some resonance today with my voluntary work with the homeless for whom a spell in a prison can bring some respite to constant fear, risk of attack, cold & hunger.
Truly a thought provoking visit.
It is simple enough to get there by tram & short walk. There is a modest entrance fee & booking is recommended.When went the booking system was down so we turned up on spec & were lucky to be able to buy tickets for later in the day. We took the opportunity to look around the museum first & have a cup of tea in the cafe before the 30 minute guided tour within the inner sections of the prison.
Written February 2, 2020
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Liz C
Liverpool, UK77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
We only had a part tour as some is undergoing renovations, but what we did see was so interesting! Widely regarded as one of the most popular attractions in the city, we were repeatedly warned it pays to get to the Gaol early to avoid disappointment. Being winter, we didn't have too much trouble but I imagine in summer it gets very busy.

Hear about the tales of some of the more famous prisoners as well as some history of the prison. There is a small museum too as well as a cafe. Brilliant to see. For the very cheap entry fee I'd definitely recommend taking an early trip to see Kilmainham.
Written January 20, 2020
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Callum P
Sleaford, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Wasn't really sure what to expect but once we had a look around the museum before the tour it was clear there was alot of history within the prison. The tour was brilliant as well, the tour guide was so passionate about the history of the prison and I was so keen to listen to everything he had to say. I would highly recommend visiting. I would also recommend visiting the wax museum too, as you can see a few of the people and their short story that were mentioned during the tour.
Written March 4, 2020
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waynenshell
Exeter, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Very interesting tour with a lot of history definitely worth visiting. Michael our tour guide was very knowledgeable and passionate on the history about the gaol. Would recommend wrapping up warm in winter months as it is as cold inside as out.
Written February 27, 2020
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Emily M
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Friends
We had a tour today with ADAM a fabulous tour guide who was extremely enthusiastic and a wealth of knowledge. Adam is very passionate about our Irish history and I litreally hung on every word he said. We had great peace of mind as we all wore masks or shields with COVID 19 the tour was a small group. Booking is essential, it can last anything from 30 to 40 minutes although I do believe our tour alsmot hit the hour mark. They have sanitising stations throughout the museum and operate a one way system. We met a gentleman called Michael another guide in the museum after and he was another asset to our experience with his knowledge and his expertise. I would highly recommend a visit to kilmainham ghaol. I will be back again once covid 19 has eased up and we can access all areas where social distancing is hard to maintain. Thank you Emily Galway
Written August 27, 2020
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Spuddles
Arthingworth, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This museum experience was launched in 2016 as part of the centenary of the Easter Rising. The gaol has been sensitively prepared for visitors without having the patina renovated out of existence. The tour, led by Erin, was extremely well-organised and slick and our guide was informative and knowledgeable. Having read about the rebels for over 25 years, it was a thrill to be able to see their names above the very cells where they were incarcerated. The site of their deaths by firing squad was highly moving. This was our number one experience as part of a three day trip to Dublin and I would highly recommend it.
Written January 13, 2020
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