Site Closed - Due to Government Restrictions.
Kilmainham Gaol is one of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe. It opened in 1796 as the new county gaol for Dublin and finally shut its doors as such in 1924. During that period it witnessed some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland’s emergence as a modern nation.
Among those detained – and in some cases executed – here were leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916, as well as members of the Irish republican movement during the War of Independence and Civil War.
Names like Henry Joy McCracken, Robert Emmet, Anne Devlin and Charles Stewart Parnell will always be associated with the building. Not to be forgotten, however, are the thousands of men, women and children that Kilmainham held in its capacity as county gaol.
Kilmainham Gaol is now a major museum. The tour of the prison includes an audio-visual presentation.
Closed due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Seasonal Opening Times
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.
Closed 24th, 25th and 26th of December
01 453 5984
- Baby Changing
- Bicycle Parking
- Access by Guided Tour Only
- Hold hand rail
- Uneven walkways
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Irish National War Memorial Gardens
Relax and reflect in this beautiful garden monument
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Royal Hospital Kilmainham
From old soldiers’ home to art museum
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Phoenix Park – People’s Flower Gardens
Enjoy Victorian floriculture at its best
Approx. 1.1 km from Kilmainham Gaol