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“Kilmainham gaol” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kilmainham Gaol
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Ranked #1 of 498 things to do in Dublin
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Owner description: This bleak old jail was notorious in the 19th century for its harsh treatment of prisoners.
England
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“Kilmainham gaol”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

Very interesting history talk despite freezing weather.
Really felt for the prisoners in that cold stone prison.
Guided tour enjoyed by all in our group of 5.

Visited March 2013
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galway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“a must to see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

the history the tour and museaum excellent a great guide very professional very reasonably priced was quite shocked 14 euro for family of 4 .a must to see.

Visited April 2013
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“An important piece of Irish history and amazing value for money”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

We went early and managed to avoid the queues which seem to plague this fantastic piece of Irish history. When you leave the gaol, you will have a greater understanding of what the Irish went through to achieve independence and the suffering caused by many long years of struggle and civil war. The gaol itself was restored by volunteers and it is with a shudder that you walk around realising how awful it would have been to be a prisoner here. Our guide was knowledgable but less enthusiastic in her explanation of what life in the prison was like than perhaps she could have been and with a bit more drama, could really have brought the place alive. We also thought it would be good to see a cell as it would have looked but they are all basically empty. other than that, it was a great experience.
Dress warm...you will be as cold as the prisoners were but lucky for you, only for the 1 1/2 hours that the tour lasts. Some human stories are told and you learn about all the famous Irish people who helped change history. This is an unmissable attraction for any trip to Dublin.

Visited April 2013
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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“BRILLIANT!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

This was probably the most interesting place I visited in Dublin - both from a historical point of view and for the fact that I am a Criminology student at Plymouth University. The guides are knowledgeable, friendly, and passionate about their subject - the two guys who took us round (Ben and Aidan) talked for an hour and a half without notes and then chatted to us privately afterwards. The brick yard where the rebels were executed is eerie... the whole place is a national monument and is treated with the respect it deserves. I would definitely go there again.

Visited March 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“get there early but don't miss”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

we were there over the Easter period so it was busy. The staff are obviously used to this and very efficient. I took the advise from fellow trip advisors and this was truly a memorable afternoon out we arrived at 1.30 and were still on site at 4pm its that interesting. You look around the museum while your waiting for your tour to start or have a coffee then the guided tour is so so interesting. Definitely not one to miss

Visited April 2013
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