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Reviewed 5 July 2019

I attended the Richmond barracks tour today given by Niall.
It was extremely informative and I learnt a lot of history which I knew very little about.
There is a lovely coffee shop in the building which was a bonus

Well worth attending

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Denis G
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Richmond B, Front Office Manager at Richmond Barracks, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2019

History and Coffee, a good mix, thank you for your review.

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Reviewed 4 July 2019

Finally, a Yelper visits the best-kept secret in Dublin!

When your taxi driver says, "Tirty years a drivin' in this city and I never heard a Richmond Barracks," then you know you've stumbled onto a hidden gem! We had the entire place to ourselves, a museum way off the beaten path. Kudos to my wife for always finding these attractions.

Richmond Barracks was an enormous compound erected by the British Army in 1810 when Dublin was part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. A century later, it served as a quarantine during World War I for prisoners accused of fighting for Ireland's independence. The extant building went through multiple reincarnations, from hosting the Irish Army post-independence to public housing for the poor. The last remaining occupant would be Christian Brothers school in 2006. Opening in 2016, the museum manages to capture every bit of this history within its limited space.

What remains today in the blue collar Inchicore neighborhood is a tiny piece of the once massive, sprawling military base. Only a small section of the easternmost barracks stands today, the building originally just north of the notable arched courtyard entrance, a small yet historically pivotal section. The neighboring park now occupies that former courtyard.

Seeing the small museum with a guide is imperative to learn the true story. You'll hear information from a knowledgeable personal guide that isn't even taught in schools yet as more about Richmond Barracks is still being revealed. Insight is only now coming to light about various periods in Irish history. As you stand in the gymnasium, you'll hear chilling tales of the British military leaders standing above, singling out certain Irish rebels for execution including the masterminds of the Easter Rebellion Tom Clarke and Seán MacDermott. Audio interpretations of eyewitness accounts are chilling!

You'll learn about the 1920s school that occupied the site, whose presence singlehandedly saved the remaining wing of the barracks that stands today. The guide will answer your every question, including details of the unscrupulous behavior of the Irish government who promised the neighborhood they would leave the iconic archway of the barracks, only to surreptitiously demolish it in one fell swoop. You may also want to visit neighboring Goldenbridge Cemetery, where victims of the Irish Potato Famine were buried in mass graves in the 1840s.

There are several amazing aspects about Richmond Barracks that promotes it from a 4-star to a 5-star experience. What it lacks in size it more than makes up for in historic impact, the implications of which are still fluid, gradually and actively revealing its history through uncovered facts and research of which most Irish citizens are not even aware. More amazing is the fact that the other historic sites in town refused to embrace Richmond Barracks or offer any marketing assistance to the museum. Despite that, the museum has defied the odds and risen to become one of the most recommended attractions in Dublin, the ultimate underdog prevailing!

Every effort is made to create a personable experience, an informative tour, and unique programs for adults and children. If you want that tourist gem without all the tourists, this is the place to go in Dublin! With an overwhelmingly compelling history, give them your patronage and you shall reap great rewards.

And if you're hungry, yes, they have a nice café.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank WilliamWillieWilson
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Richmond B, Front Office Manager at Richmond Barracks, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2019

Well William where do I start!. Firstly, as you state, always listen to your wife. Secondly,it was a pleasure to meet you, and thank you for your time. Thirdly, as for your review there is only one word to describe it...Wow.

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Reviewed 4 July 2019

2 sets of cousins visited together. 1 set from USA and 1 set from England. Amazingly helpful and friendly guides. They had looked into the history of our great grandfather and were able to give us information that we had not known before. There was a concert where a violinist played beautifully and then beautifully sang Irish songs and encouraged us all to join in. I would have liked to have heard more but had to leave before the end .The staff asked a very lovely local lady could help guide us on the way to our next venue and Sally was a lovely kind fantastic character which we all agreed we would liked to have spent more time with. Thank you so much Sally. Very interesting history of the barracks too.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Richmond B, Front Office Manager at Richmond Barracks, responded to this reviewResponded 4 July 2019

we are pleased you enjoyed your visit and that we were able to help in your research. You will always meet some interesting people in Richmond Barracks and we hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 1 July 2019

As our fabulous tour guide Bernie told us ..... Richmond barracks is the forgotten history of the 1916 rising. A visit here is a must if you want to link up the history between the capture of rebels at the GPO and execution at Kilmainham Gaol. The social history is very interesting as is the tour of the nearby Goldenbridge Cemetery. A fab cafe as well .... all adds up to a great morning.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Elaine W
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Richmond B, Front Office Manager at Richmond Barracks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2019

Thank you Elaine for your review its great to hear you enjoyed your time here.

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Reviewed 30 June 2019

myself and 4 friends paid a visit on 29th. June, we found it very educational and it brought back great memories as we are all past pupils of Michaels school. The staff are very welcoming and friendly and Niall is an excellent guide who answered all questions and gave us a great insight into the history of the barracks and the cemetary. I would highly recommend the trip.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank patcasso
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Richmond B, Front Office Manager at Richmond Barracks, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2019

Always great to welcome past pupils of St Michaels CBS, they have so many stories to share, thank you for your visit and kind review.

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