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Royal Hospital Kilmainham

From old soldiers’ home to art museum

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Royal Hospital Kilmainham

From old soldiers’ home to art museum

See all opening times

Admission

Free except for occasional special exhibitions

Getting here

Military Road
Kilmainham
Dublin 8
D08 FW31

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Royal Hospital Kilmainham

The Royal Hospital Kilmainham stands on the site of a seventh-century early Christian settlement, replaced in Norman times with a monastery of the Knights Hospitallers.

The building as we know it today was begun in 1680. Leading architects such as William Robinson, Thomas Burgh and Francis Johnson made it the starting point for Dublin’s development into a city of European standing.

Inspired by Les Invalides in Paris, the building was to be a retirement home for old soldiers. Over the next 247 years, thousands of army pensioners lived out their final days within its walls.

In 1991, the Royal Hospital Kilmainham became home to the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Opening Times

Open all year Monday – Saturday: 10.00 – 17.00

Sunday and Bank Holidays: 12.00 – 17.00

Notice

Please note that IMMA is closed on Mondays.

Contact

Military Road
Kilmainham
Dublin 8
D08 FW31

01 6437700 0873422399

Getting Here

By Luas: Red line to Heuston Station (8 minutes walk via Military Road.)

By Bus: Buses to Heuston Station (8 minutes walk via Military Rd): 145, 79 and 79a from Aston Quay. Buses to James Street (8 minutes walk via steps to Bow Lane onto Irwin Street and Military Road): 13, 40, 123 from O’Connell Street and Dame Street.

By Car: Paid car parking – €2 for the first 3 hrs, €2/hour thereafter.

On Foot: Approx. 30 to 40 minutes from the city centre.

By Train: 8 minutes walk from Heuston Station.

Cycling: There is bike parking onsite and a number of Dublin Bikes stations located nearby.

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Facilities

  • Art
  • Bookshop
  • Cafe
  • Car park
  • Coach parking
  • Exhibition
  • Guided tours
  • Museum

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