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Kilmainham Gaol Museum, Dublin

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Kilmainham Gaol Museum turns the clock back a few decades, offering you a look inside one of history's most notorious prisons. The imposing gray building played a key role in Irish history for over a century, finally closing its doors in 1924. Before then it provided a grim setting for the imprisonment of notable participants in the many uprisings for Irish independence, culminating in the execution of 14 men who led a rebellion that took place during Easter week in 1916. You can take a guided walk through the history of this eerie site, now one of Europe's largest unoccupied structures of its kind. Before you leave, look in on the yard where the infamous 1916 executions took place. To plan Dublin vacation without wasting time, ask Klarna Trips to design an itinerary.
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  • a must see to understand the history of the town and the country you are visiting. It’s disturbing and fascinating at the same time. 
    a must see to understand the history of the town and the country you are visiting. It’s disturbing and fascinating at the same time.  more »
  • REALLY FABULOUS VIST AND special Thanks to The Brilliant Staff for Looking after so Well A special place in Irish History very busy And important to Pre Book on line 
    REALLY FABULOUS VIST AND special Thanks to The Brilliant Staff for Looking after so Well A special place in Irish History very busy And important to Pre Book on line  more »
  • Must see tour in Dublin. Tour guide John was pitch perfect for the somber subject matter. Letters from prisoners awaiting imminent execution to family members in the museum are powerful. Loaf cafe... 
    Must see tour in Dublin. Tour guide John was pitch perfect for the somber subject matter. Letters from prisoners awaiting imminent execution to family members in the museum are powerful. Loaf cafe...  more »
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  • As an American, I didn't appreciate the prominent role that Kilmainham Gaol played in the struggle for Ireland's independence. The museum is well preserved (after apparent extensive renovations in the late 1960s). The museum staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. Cost to enter the museum is very reasonable too. Definitely worth the price of admission. Transportation from downtown Dublin is not super easy although bus stops are nearby.
  • This place was unreal to experience. The prison has so much history and the tour guides were so informative. They did an amazing job restoring the prison as well. The tour took just over an hour and got to see the east, west wing and the museum. We had to buy tickets online. Note: if it's full the day you are hoping to go online, check in the morning of. There was TONS of availability the morning of compared to being sold out days prior. Highly recommend this place!!
  • Excellent tour with an excellent tour guide (David). If you want a 200 year history of the jail and Ireland this is an hour you must do. Great value with access to the museum after the tour. Do not leave Dublin without going on this tour. Booking online in advance is advised as its extremely busy.
  • Highly recommend if you enjoy history. Book ahead as they tend to sell out the tours. Our guide was excellent and passionate about the information he shared. The prison has a fascinating place in Ireland’s history. There were younger children (under 10) on the tour and I think it was too long and a lot of information for them. I wouldn’t recommend children unless they have a passion for history.
  • We loved this tour! Our tour guide was unbelievable! Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. A great story teller! The restoration and preservation of this gaol is amazing and well worth the visit! It was included with our OPW card which was nice but I would have paid the entry fee regardless. The staff were all very friendly and helpful.

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