If you’re a history buff and interested in Irish history (especially the bits about resistance to English rule) then add this former prison to your Dublin itinerary!
Kilmainham Gaol is one of the biggest unoccupied gaols in Europe. Closed in 1924, it is filled with history and has aptly been described as the 'Irish Bastille'. This imposing grey building, built between 1792 and 1795, has played a key role in virtually every act of Ireland’s path to independence. The gaol has held some of the most famous political and military leaders in Irish history such as Robert Emmet, Charles Stewart Parnell, Eamon de Valera and the 1916 Rising leaders.
In recent years, the gaol has been used as the set for several hit movies like: “In the Name of the Father”, “The Italian Job”, “Michael Collins” and “The Wind That Shakes The Barley” to name a few. In 1983, Irish rock band U2 used the gaol for the filming of the video “A Celebration”.
Kilmainham Gaol is open year round (closed Christmas Eve & Christmas) for guided tours. Tours last about 45- 50 minutes and tickets are sold on a first come, first serve basis. Be advised though—this is a popular destination. In summer months tours can book fast--it’s best to arrive early to ensure tickets.
Address: Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8.
- High Season: April – September/9:30 am – 6:00 pm (last admission 5pm)
- Low Season: October – March/9:30 am – 5:30 pm (last admission 4:30 pm)
- Sunday: 10am – 6pm (last admission 5pm)
- Adult - €7.00
- Senior/Group - €5.00 (maximum 35 people in a group)
- Child/Student - €3.00
- Family - €17.00