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Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Courthouse

Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Courthouse

Inchicore Road
Dublin 8, DO8 RK28

Contact: Niall Bergin
+353 1 4535984

  • Public Guided Tours
  • Guided Group Tours
  • Coach Parking Nearby (max 5 minutes)
  • Guided Tours
  • Shop
  • Cafe
  • Irish

Kilmainham Gaol Museum & Courthouse stand as a memorial to Ireland’s turbulent political and social past. Kilmainham Gaol opened in 1796 and there is perhaps no other building that encompasses as many aspects of Irish history.

During its 128-year history, the gaol was at the centre of the main historical events in 19th and early 20th century Ireland. It is closely associated with the Irish struggle for independence from British rule, reflected in the large number of leading revolutionary figures and political activists imprisoned within its walls. The guided tour offers visitors an insight into this struggle but also relates stories of lesser-known prisoners. Offenders of every crime imaginable have passed through its doors; it was a prison as much for murderers and hardened criminals as it was for petty thieves and juveniles.

The adjoining Courthouse opened in 1820 and was renovated in 2016 as the Kilmainham Gaol Museum Visitor Centre.

Access to Kilmainham Gaol is by guided tour only and is managed through timed tickets. Advance booking online is recommended.