Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Kilmainham Gaol Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric Sites
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
This bleak old jail was notorious in the 19th century for its harsh treatment of prisoners.
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Kilmainham
How to get there
  • Suir Road • 8 min walk
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  • Debbiestory
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent tour guide. Great value
    Just finished an excellent tour led by Beth. She humanised the stories and spoke completely from memory. She was an absolute pro and we were amazed when she mentioned at the end that we were her first tour. Well done! Excellent value for money at €8 each for a tour.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 June 2023
  • lolly19692017
    Millbury, Massachusetts244 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great prison! Highly recommend.
    Kilmainham is a great prison to visit. We had a great time and the guide did a great job explaining the history of the prison. The inside of the prison was very cool. You could also go into the individual cells for photographs. I highly recommend visiting this prison during your visit to Dublin. It is a must see!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 June 2023
  • mazda19
    Houston, Texas92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Book early
    We missed the chance to book our tickets ahead of time but were lucky some tickets opened up on the day of. Tickets are available 28 days prior. Nice guided tour and interesting. Highly recommend!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 18 June 2023
  • Kristen P
    40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth the stop!
    This was a very interesting stop in Dublin! I loved hearing the history which really affected my entire Ireland trip experience, since I learned all about the subject of the famous folk song, Grace Gifford. Overall a really amazing visit!
    Visited May 2023
    Written 19 June 2023
  • JerseyRians
    Devon, United Kingdom52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss this one
    It is very difficult to get tickets and they only become available 28 days before the day of the visit so make sure you get up early 28 days before your visit to secure yours! This is a truly unique experience and our guide was really excellent. When the tour is over be sure to spend some time in the museum.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 June 2023
  • Jennifer P
    Lawrenceville, New Jersey201 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go to Jail!
    This was an excellent tour. Tremendous history and great storytelling from the guide. The guides give short lectures in each location and answer questions. The only issue for us was the size of the group - it was quite large so if you want to hear everything, make sure you're near the front. The locations visited were great - you get to see so much of this historically important location! Great for families with older children.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 23 June 2023
  • Heidi R
    New York City, New York40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Essential Dublin history, fantastic staff/guides and museum
    We had an amazing experience touring the gaol with Adam. We picked a tour at the start of the day, and it was a very rich experience. Leave time for the museum displays a well. This is a MUST-DO in Dublin, and be sure to book in advance as it's very popular (rest assured, it's well managed capacity-wise).
    Visited June 2023
    Written 23 June 2023
  • Mags D
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really enjoyable
    Treated my son and my nephew and sister to visit the museum. I have to say it was such an enjoyable experience. My 10 year old gets bored very easy but he enjoyed this from start to finish. I learned so much from this experience. The staff was so nice and they really do respect the museum. I felt very proud to be Irish after my visit
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 June 2023
  • Laura Y
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to be missed
    OMG one of the emotional, haunting and best experiences. I'm Irish and know abit of my history but it comes to life when u visit a place like this. You can feel the past to where it makes u so emotional and so so proud to be Irish.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 June 2023
  • hsg52
    Nashua, New Hampshire173 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth it!
    Well worth our time. Our tour guide Adam, was passionate and interesting and knowledgeable and simply wonderful. It’s a tough piece of Ireland’s history, but fascinating at the same time. Not to be missed if possible but tickets are hard to come by. The day we wanted was all sold out when we first looked, but we checked the morning of and found tickets had opened up. That might be your best bet for seeing this attraction.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 June 2023
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Katie
Stoughton, WI28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
What an amazing experience and important part of Irish history. Our tour guide, Adam, was amazing! His stories personified the building and gave the people the respect they deserve. The emotion was evident while he shared the stories of the thousands of people who inhabited the building. Well worth the time to visit.
Written 13 June 2024
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sarah W
Cardiff, UK51 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This was high on our list when planning our trip to Dublin so I was extremely disappointed when I tried to book tickets about two weeks before traveling only to find that it was sold out. It did say that some tickets might be available on the day. They release tickets daily at 9.15 online so be ready. I was able to buy them and was very surprised to find that they were only €8. ( other tourist attractions in Dublin are far more expensive) This tour is highly recommended and Jo the guide explained all and was very interesting. The tour took about one hour and then we had the opportunity to go to the museum which was also very interesting.
Written 12 June 2024
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Tracy S
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
The recent history of Ireland features a great struggle to be free from rule by the UK and the tour at this prison makes it come to life, highlighting the real people who gave their lives to free their country. We found the gaol itself to be fascinating in its architecture and experiencing the cold, damp misery of the prisoners for even just moments brought their tales to life. Bring warm clothes and a good camera!
Written 11 June 2024
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Lorraine D
45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Absolutely loved this tour.
Yes it is hard to get tickets, but I would suggest if you can keep persevering. Thank you to the wonderful people who set out with no funding to restore this prison and keep the history alive and. Our tour guide was Jonathan and he delivered the the truth of that time in a very captivating , realistic and moving way. The museum is a must too . I am so glad I visited and so very humbled. Thank you
Written 8 June 2024
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Peg M
Austin, United States4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Very important historical sight that helps give perspective to Irish history. Well worth it. Make sure to book a few months in advance.
Written 7 June 2024
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IanA63
Frenchs Forest, Australia264 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This tour surprised me. From the outset, the fact tickets are hard to get in advance, made me wonder why it was so popular.

Re: tickets - go on the site at 915am each morning and check availability. They load up a bunch of tix at that time every day. Don’t go to the gaol without tickets as I expect you’ll be disappointed.

The gaol is small but Big in Irish history. It’s been closed since the early 1920s and was re-opened as a tourist attractive in the last 40 years or so.

Your group is led by a guide whose knowledge is second to none. I won’t spoil any of the intrigue but the events of 1916 are particularly significant for both the gaol and Ireland as a nation.

The tour takes about 45 minutes and it is really enjoyable. I now understand why it’s so popular.
Written 6 June 2024
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Katie C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Adam was a fantastic guide - he really brought the history of the jail to life. He clearly explained the history of the jail while sharing the stories of the individuals who spent time there. He is a gifted historian and storyteller…highly recommend!
Written 5 June 2024
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S. Lee
Hudson, OH50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We logged into the website 28 days in advance at 12:00am Dublin time in order to purchase the tickets. We had a party of 6 which made a little more challenging. Our first try was unsuccessful, as you have to look at the time slots available and note how many tickets are available. The morning slots seemed to sell out immediately. Our second day trying we were successful in securing tickets for a 2:45pm tour. Although not a cheerful tour, we thoroughly enjoyed feeling closer to the history that shaped Ireland into its independence. Our guide Robbie did an excellent job in sharing the history with interesting facts and commentary, but in an uncomplicated way which made it easy to understand and remember. The timing of the tour was perfect - it allowed us to see the inside of the jail and still want to learn and see more through the museum at the end. If you don’t get tickets at first, don’t give up. Wait a few minutes and keep refreshing - spaces
Did open up for tours on the website up to an hour after they originally “sold out.” I read you can also try around 9:15am on the actual day to try and secure tickets. The effort was well worth the experience.
Written 2 June 2024
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Robert Carnahan
Nashville, TN6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The best thing we visited in Dublin. Certainly not a happy tourist stop. But it is so informative and really connects you to the Irish move toward independence. Our tour guide was wonderful and so kind. Even our 10 year old really enjoyed this tour. But know that tickets are hard to get and Must be booked far in advance.
Written 31 May 2024
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AdventureLuver
Saint Paul, MN10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We really enjoyed our tour with Dave. There are so many fascinating stories connected to the Gaol. It was a great way to learn more about Irish history. Definitely glad we made time for this during our visit to Dublin.
Written 30 May 2024
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