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 Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • Fascinating history, painstakingly restored building and one of the best tours/guides I've ever encountered. She was articulate, knowledgable, interesting and kept it moving - in the space of just an....  more
    Fascinating history, painstakingly restored building and one of the best tours/guides I've ever encountered. She was articulate, knowledgable, interesting and kept it moving - in the space of just an....  more »
  • Kilmainham Gaol is absolutely a must see in Dublin. My friend and I (both early 20s) visited Dublin for about two and a half days at the beginning of our trip to Ireland, and this was a highlight... 
    Kilmainham Gaol is absolutely a must see in Dublin. My friend and I (both early 20s) visited Dublin for about two and a half days at the beginning of our trip to Ireland, and this was a highlight...  more »
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  • Fantastic tour. So amazing to share the same spaces as some of Ireland’s historic change makers. It’s like something out of a movie and it is well preserved and cared for. Our tour guide Dave did an excellent job and it was well worth the entry. Time was given at the end to peruse the museum as well. Be sure to book ahead.
  • Amazing morning. Thank you so much to Mick who gave a fabulous tour which was really interesting. Thank you to Ellen who kindly took time to discuss in more detail about the women and families. Both incredibly generous in their time and have brilliant expertise and knowledge. I'm not very clever with history but they really made it understandable. This is something that we were not taught in school and yet incredibly important to know.

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