will close on Feb 27th.

Please save any personal content and exchange contact info with other members you?d like to stay in touch with. Thank you for your contributions to the VirtualTourist community.

"Learn about Irish History" Kilmainham Jail Tip by lbhspatriot

Kilmainham Jail, Dublin: 78 reviews and 142 photos


Kilmainham Gaol is a former prison, converted into a museum because of the role it played in the Irish history (as most revolutionary leaders where imprisoned and executed there). On your guided tour through the prison you learn the bitter history of the Irish and about the consequences of their fight for independence. The prison is divided into two wings, one of which is an old "dungeon like" jail, the other a modern (almost contemporary) prison. While exploring the architecture you hear many interesting stories about life and death, but not only... you learn about patriotism, friendship and love. The guides are great and they give a wonderfull narative throughout the whole tour.
After you are done you can do an interactive tour of the place, vote for or against capital punishment and see diferent artifacts left by the prisoners.
This is a very good exhibition that I recommed to everyone.

You can do this tour as a part of hop on and hop off tour or on your own - there is an easy access by buses: 51B, 78A, 79, 79A (all go from Aston Quay stop in City Centre -ask the driver where to get of) or the Luas Red Line (Suir Road).

Purchase tickets at the jail's ticket window or buy there an Ireland Heritage Card (admission is included along with eight other Dublin historical attractions). The free admission to the jail becomes included when you purchase the Dublin Pass.

Admission Fees
Adult: €5.30
Sen/Group: €3.70
Child/Student: €2.10
Family: €11.50

Address: Inchicore Road, Dublin 8
Directions: Near Heuston Station
Phone: 353 1453 5984

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse


lbhspatriot Used To Live Here!


“You discover yourself by exploring the world!”

Online Now


Top 5,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 1 2 1 8

Have you been to Dublin?

  Share Your Travels