Kilmainham Gaol Museum, Dublin

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Must see · Specialty Museum · Historic Site
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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 Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • Excellent guided tour and interesting museum. Greatly increased our knowledge and understanding of Irish history. Reserve ahead this is very popular. 
    Excellent guided tour and interesting museum. Greatly increased our knowledge and understanding of Irish history. Reserve ahead this is very popular.  more »
  • Absolutely this is a must see for anyone visiting Dublin. A lot of Irish history, especially around the drive for Irish Independence. Plan well ahead as it is a guided tour and spaces fill up... 
    Absolutely this is a must see for anyone visiting Dublin. A lot of Irish history, especially around the drive for Irish Independence. Plan well ahead as it is a guided tour and spaces fill up...  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!!

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