Kilmainham Gaol is a must for groups with any interest in the history of their destination. In one of the largest unoccupied jails in Europe, guided tours will offer visitors a dramatic and realistic insight into some of the most heroic and tragic events that occurred during Ireland’s emergence as a modern nation.
The Gaol is most known as the site where the leaders of the 1916 Rising were imprisoned and executed. Visitors will experience a panoramic insight into the tragic event and witness first-hand the conditions Ireland’s heroes lived in during their last days. Other Irish historical figures such as Robert Emmet, Charles Stewart Parnell and Eamon DeValera are also associated with the Gaol’s dark and heart wrenching history.
The tour also includes an impressive audio visual show as well as a major exhibition recounting the political and penal history of the prison and its restoration.
The Gaol is located 3.5km from the city centre, which is about a 15 minute bus ride. Groups over 10 people must be booked in advance, but get a discount price at €4 per person (€2 for a child/student). Also, make sure on the day you bring cash with you as no credit/debit cards are accepted.