Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol is one of Dublin's most popular attractions. Tour guides here will take you on an often emotional journey through Irish history where you'll discover the stories of ordinary criminals and those that fought for Irish Independence.

Visitors may have that sense of deja-vu entering the main gaol if you're a fan of The Italian Job (1969), In the name of the Father (1993) or Paddington 2 (2017) which all filmed scenes there. 

Built in 1789 and it was officially called the County of Dublin Gaol and was run by the Grand Jury for County Dublin. It has held generations of criminals, some as young as 5 years old, as well as historic Irish hero’s including Robert Emmett, Charles Stewart Parnell and James Connolly. The executions that were held here in the aftermath of the 1916 rising had particular significance for the course of Irish history. 

The last prisoner held in Kilmainham was, none other than the famous Irish rebel himself, Eamon de Valera. After his release in 1924  Kilmainham Gaol was shut down. It was restored in the 1960’s as one of Ireland's most visited tourist attractions and is believed to be haunted by both former inmates and wardens.

It is open to the general public by guided tour only. A visit takes approx 90 minutes with the tour and access to the museum and temporary exhibitions.   A visit to Kilmainham Gaol will leave you with an insight into what happened during the tough times of Ireland.

Admission Fees:

Online booking in advance is mandatory
Adult : €8
Senior (60+) €6
Student: €4
Child under 12 Free (but with online booking in advance)
Child (12 -17) €4
Family (2 adults & 2 to 3 children aged 12-17) €20

Opening Hours:

Tickets must be booked online. Visiting the museum is by guided tour only.
Every day of the week from 9.30am to 5.15pm
(Closed 24-27 December)



Kilmainham Gaol, 
Inchicore Road,
D08 RK28

Kilmainham Gaol is located 18 minute drive from the Castle Hotel. 
Public transport can also be taken, our front desk staff will be able to guide you on these.

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