Heritage Ireland

Kilmainham Gaol Highlights (5)

  1. Take the guided tour. Hear stories about the ordinary men, women and children who were held in the prison and learn more of its famous political prisoners. Explore the Gaol’s dark corridors, visit the prison cells and take a walk around the stunning Victorian Wing.

  2. Stand in the Stonebreaker’s Yard, where 14 leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising were executed.

  3. See personal artefacts in the museum: What do a box of chocolates, a collection of seashells, and an embroidered pillow all have in common? All can be found in Kilmainham Gaol’s museum, and each has a fascinating story behind it. As with many objects in the collection, there is much more than meets the eye.

  4. Read letters from the past written to and by inmates of the prison. From a brief but passionate marriage proposal to a moving goodbye from a boy to his mother, these documents allow visitors to hear some of Kilmainham Gaol’s prisoners in their own words.

  5. After the tour, why not enjoy a coffee in the Courthouse café, overlooking the historic grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

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