Kilmainham Gaol

Contact Details


Inchicore Road,
Dublin 8,
D08 T2X5

Telephone No: +353 (1) 453 5984

Fax No: +353 (1) 453 2037



Opening Hours


Please note Free Wednesday does not apply to Kilmainham Gaol.

Open all Year except 24th, 25th and 26th of December


April 9am - 6pm (first tour 9am: last tour 4:45pm)


May 9am - 6.00pm (first tour 9am: last tour 4:45pm)


June, July & August 9am - 7pm (first tour 9am: last tour 5:45pm)


Sept 9am - 6pm (first tour 9am: last tour 4:45pm)

Oct - March - 9.30am - 5.30pm - Last admission 4.15pm

Average Length of Visit: 60 mins

Unaccompanied Minors (under18s) will not be admitted.

Admission Fees

Online / Walk in prices - Adult €8, Senior €6, Child/Student €4 and Family €20.

*Please note that these tickets are very limited and it is advisable to book your tickets in advance
*Free admission for children under the age of 12. Please note: Children under 12 require a valid ticket to gain entrance and complimentary tickets must be booked on-line.
Credit/Debit cards are accepted.


Toilets, Disabled Toilets, Baby changing, Exhibition Area & Tearoom



Entrance to Kilmainham Gaol is by guided tour only and is managed through timed tickets. Advance booking is essential and pre-booking on-line is the only way to guarantee entry. Please arrive 15 minutes before your allocated tour time.

Heritage Card holders must also book in advance and show a valid Heritage Card on arrival.

Kilmainham Gaol is one of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe, covering some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland's emergence as a modern nation from 1780s to the 1920s. Attractions include a major exhibition detailing the political and penal history of the prison and its restoration. The tour of the prison includes an audio-visual show. Tours may be arranged for visitors with special needs by prior arrangement.


3.5km from centre of Dublin.

Public Transport:

Dublin Bus Route(s):

No. 69 & 79 from Aston Quay Dublin 2
No 13 & 40 from O'Connell St. Dublin 1 or College Green Dublin 2

Please see for further information.

LUAS Tram:

Red Line - Nearest stop Suir Road.

Please see for further information.

Car Parking: Kilmainham Gaol has no car parking facilities.  Parking is available at the nearby Irish Museum of Modern Art/Royal Hospital Kilmainham - acess via East Gate, Military Road.  The car park is a 5 Minute walk to the Gaol via West Avenue and Richmond Gate.

Guided Tours:

Access to Kilmainham Gaol by Guided Tour Only
All groups over 10 people must be booked in advance (maximum 35 people in a Group)
Duration: 60 minutes

Leaflet/Guide book:

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Seasonal Events:

Please check in advance using contact details listed above

Photography / Video allowed:

Photography - Yes. Video - No

Additional Information:

Please note that this is a very busy site all year round and visitors may experience delays at certain times.  During winter months the interior of the Gaol is very cold - please dress appropriately.