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Open House Dublin: Outdoor Guided Tour at Royal Hospital Kilmainham


Free of charge


Royal Hospital Kilmainham

Formal garden view IMMA

Guided tour organised as part of Open House Dublin

An outdoor guided tour canvassing the history of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham from the 7th to the 20th century. Discussing the role and function of the building as a home for predominantly Irish veterans of the British Armed Forces alongside some of the cast of characters that helped shape and form the Royal Hospital into the National Historic Property that it is today.

Alongside the Hospital, there will be a visit to the formal gardens of the site as well, mentioning not only its use but how it changed over time to suit the needs of those at the Royal Hospital.

Meeting point: The central courtyard of the Royal Hospital, beside the “Old Man’s House” exhibition. Please arrive 5 minutes before the tour begins.

You do not need to pre-book this tour.


The site is mostly wheelchair accessible. However, part of the tour will be in the formal gardens of the grounds which are not wheelchair accessible. The ground is mostly even and cement underfoot but in the central courtyard there are areas of cobblestones which some may have not accessible and one part is on grass

Accessible Toilets

Assistance Dogs welcome



Military Road
Dublin 8
D08 FW31

046 9422450

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): C1, C2, C3, C4 from Aston Quay. Buses to James Street (8 minutes walk via steps to Bow Lane onto Irwin Street and Military Road): 13 from O’Connell Street or Dame Street; G1 and G2 from Eden Quay.

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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