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Kilmainham Gaol Exterior

Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol is a fantastic attraction for anyone with an interest in Irish history. Discover the history of the Gaol through a guided tour and learn about prison life in Ireland.

Dublin's Kilmainham Gaol held some of the most famous political and military leaders in Irish history such as Robert Emmet, Charles Stewart Parnell, the 1916 Rising leaders and Eamon de Valera.


Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin is remarkable for being the biggest unoccupied gaol in Ireland. A tour of the Gaol gives visitors a dramatic and realistic insight into what is was like to have been confined in one of these forbidding bastions of punishment and correction between 1796 when it opened and 1924 when it closed. It offers a panoramic insight into some of the most profound, disturbing and inspirational themes of modern Irish history.

The Gaol held the leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916. The visit includes a guided tour and exhibition. It is a very busy site and visitors may experience a delay during the summer months. Access is by guided tour only.

Maldron Hotel Smithfield is located 10 minutes by car and 2.5km from Kilmainham Gaol.

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