Kilmainham Gaol (Irish: Príosún Chill Mhaighneann) is a former prison in Kilmainham, Dublin, Ireland. It is now a museum run by the Office of Public Works, an agency of the Government of Ireland. Many Irish revolutionaries, including the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising, were imprisoned and executed in the prison by the orders of the UK Government.
When it was first built in 1796, Kilmainham Gaol was called the "New Gaol" to distinguish it from the old prison it was intended to replace – a noisome dungeon, just a few hundred metres from the present site. It was officially called the County of Dublin Gaol, and was originally run by the Grand Jury for County Dublin.
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Celine Bossart | Feb 23, 2018
It is such an unusual place to visit, where you get all sorts of information about life in prison and its evolution. This prison was also featured in a movie. I strongly recommend visiting this place! If you are like me, you will feel happy to be free and alive when you get out!
Felix Bottomley | Jan 9, 2018
Potentially the best attraction I visited in Dublin. Peter our tour guide was excellent, he was very knowledgeable and had an overall great aura. He clearly enjoyed sharing the history and gave us a great experience whilst there. The doorman was also very polite and funny. Extremely cheap considering Dublin prices only €5 for students 10/10 would recommend
Amy Nanney | Dec 19, 2017
We stayed in the Hilton across the street and they recommended we check it out. Wow! So glad we did! A booked tour is worth it (just be on time or early when it opens if you don’t book ahead) a great lesson it Irish history. Cool building all around even my 6 year old enjoyed it, thankfully the guide kept the info PG!
Sam Garland | Feb 5, 2018
Fascinating place. Especially as I had seen the Crulim Road Gaol on Belfast. We were led by a new guide (only at the job for 3 weeks) but she still knew all her stuff and have detailed information about the political prisons, histories of Irish uprisings and the gaol itself. Only a 40 minute walk from the city centre, and you get to walk past interesting churches and buildings along the route.
Herman Hemingway | Jan 17, 2018
This was my favorite historic place for the whole trip of Ireland. Having a tour guide was definitely the way to go. So much neat history. Plenty of signs explaining everything. Lots of interactive activities.
Josh Wray | Mar 30, 2018
Wonderful tour of an old prison. It was amazing. If you have any interest in old prisons I highly recommend this tour! It was a great value and the tour guides were highly informative and knowledgeable. This is a must see for Dublin's history. It's just a quick bus ride from Dublin's city centre. The tour lasted about an hour plus a good museum of documents and things to gaze at.
Stephen Zubrycky | Mar 11, 2018
Lots of cool history to see here. Tour was excellent. The tour guide provided a lot of inside details about the history of the jail and its many famous inmates, many of whom were tied to the fight for Ireland’s independence. Museum exhibits are interesting and help to provide further background. The museum cafe also has great options for coffee and dessert.
Whittney Chu | Mar 18, 2018
This place is so cool. You can only go in with a guide and the tour lasts for an hour. The guide was very informative and after the tour there’s a small museum that you can peruse. One of Daniel day-lewis’ films was made here so that’s good too.
Hrco100 Instagram | Apr 21, 2018
Amazing tour around Kilmainham Jail! Guide was really nice, very informative. You can learn from this place alot about Irish history. Very sad and educational place! Wish there was more time to listen for more history events that happened a long time ago! Would recommend this place to visit! 5* for sure!
Chris Ferry | Apr 23, 2018
This place was where many Irish political prisoners were kept, including many from 1916. The actual museum part is three levels that explain how the prison was used, then abandoned, then renovated to preserve the history within. There are many artifacts that are on display from some very famous people who were imprisoned there. It seemed similar, in some ways, to the Eastern State Penitentiary located in Philadelphia. The conditions were horrible and many people died there, including those that were actually hung right outside the door, as a message. There is a guided tour also, while the museum is just something you can take your time with. I like that because I have to read everything because I really appreciate history. It's close to the modern art museum, so you can walk the paths there in the same trip!
Rebecca Foley | May 5, 2018
Amazing experience to soak in some of the history of Ireland. The tour guide Anthony was extremely knowledgeable and spoke extremely well. The Gaol itself has an amazing feel about it. Really is a great day out.
Kris Diebold | Jun 12, 2018
If the story of the fight for independence means something to you, you MUST come see this. Take the extended tour & spend some time in the museum. It is truly moving, heartbreaking & breath-taking. We were lucky to have Adam as our guide, he really feels the story of independence in his soul-and he conveyed it in a really beautiful manner.
Jahan Raissi | Jun 11, 2018
Very good tour and well worth the time. Our guide was excellent and knew quite a bit about the history of the political prisoners that were held there. Interesting to see the old prison but coupling it with the lesson in Irish history is what makes this worthwhile.
Thomas Elledge | May 31, 2018
Even though the location off the city centre, the museum is definitely worth a visit. It's not expensive for a 1 hr guided tour and the tour guide was very informative and engaging. There's also a museum you can walk around and learn more afterwards. For anyone interested in Irish history, this is a cool place to go to.
Simon D | Jun 8, 2018
A wonderful and touching visit. The story of the site runs parallel with the history of the country. Best to book in advance, to avoid disappointment. Our guide Niamh was absolutely brilliant, bringing life to the stone walls, and emotion to the lives lived, and ended, there. Highly recommended.
Anaid Alder | Jul 14, 2018
Awesome experience. The tour lasted exactly one hour and it was very informative. A great introduction to Irish history and it goes well with the Richmond Barracks down the road. I would definitely get tickets a couple of days in advance to secure a spot on the tour.
Keith Batchelor | Jul 13, 2018
This building is of Grade 1 historical significance and no visit to Dublin can be complete without exploring this place. We opted for the guided tour, which included the adjacent courthouse, cell blocks and infamous exercise yard where executions took place. There is also an excellent museum and a spacious restaurant serving good food.
Lucinda van Stee | Jun 13, 2018
Okay, I love going to museums. But I'm not the biggest fan of visiting ancient buildings (castles etc), so I was a bit reluctant to go here. But i did it anyway. (All hop-on-hop-off tourist buses take you there). It is a really nice museum. It gives an insight in the past of Ireland. The whole birth of a nation is explained in a single visit to this place. The guides (you cannot wonder around by yourself) are extremely engaged and are more than happy to share their view on the history of Ireland. Very impressive. When I lived in Dublin, I brought everyone who visited me, to this place. Being an outsider, this place made me understand the Irish people a lot better.
Pedro Nuno Pacheco | Jul 10, 2018
Amazing and engrossing, although grim experience. You'll be able to walk through a part of Irish history, and follow the footsteps of the pathway to Irish freedom. If you have the luck of getting Joanne, the most endearing, passionate guide I've ever had the pleasure of knowing, you'll get a fully detailled, rich history and knowledge that will get your hairs tingling.
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