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Kilmainham Gaol

A monument to more than a century of Irish nationalism

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Kilmainham Gaol

A monument to more than a century of Irish nationalism

See all opening times

Limited Access

Guided tours resume on Monday 20 September.
Entry by pre-booking only. Toilets available. Visitors are required to wear a face covering while onsite.
As part of the guided tour is outdoors, visitors should dress appropriately for the weather.


Free. Pre-booking essential.


Getting here

Inchicore Road,
Dublin 8
D08 T2X5

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Kilmainham Gaol

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.

Opening Times

Daily. Pre-booking required.

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


Inchicore Road,
Dublin 8
D08 T2X5

01 453 5984

Getting Here

3.5km from centre of Dublin.

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  • Baby Changing
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Bookshop
  • Cafe
  • Exhibition


  • Access by Guided Tour Only
  • Hold hand rail
  • Uneven walkways

Social Guide

Download, print and read our social guide (PDF) about visiting Kilmainham Gaol. This will help first-time visitors, families and people with developmental and learning disabilities to prepare for a visit to Kilmainham Gaol.

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