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Dublin Sights

Kilmainham Gaol

Updated 04/29/2014

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Leaders of many failed Irish rebellions spent their last days in this grim, forbidding structure, and it holds a special place in the myth and memory of the country. The 1916 commanders Pádraig Pearse and James Connolly were held here before being executed in the prison yard. Other famous inmates included the revolutionary Robert Emmet and Charles Stewart Parnell, a leading politician. You can visit the prison only as part of a very moving and exciting guided tour, which leaves every hour on the hour. The cells are a chilling sight, and the guided tour and a 30-minute audiovisual presentation relate a graphic account of Ireland's political history over the past 200 years—from an Irish Nationalist viewpoint. A new exhibition explores the history of the prison and its restoration. A small tearoom is on the premises.

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Inchicore Rd., Dublin, Co. Dublin, Dublin 8, Ireland



Sight Details:

  • €6
  • Apr.–Sept., daily 9:30–6; Oct.–Mar., Mon.–Sat. 9:30–5.30, Sun. 10–6

Updated 04/29/2014


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Nov 11, 2008

Creepy, but great

Like other jail sites, it's creepy but very evocative, oozing history in its starkly forbidding way. Has exhibitions about the jail's history. Well worth a visit.

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