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Dublin Gravedigger Ghost Tour
"Depart from College Green in Dublin for a ghost walking tour. Although you will be strolling through the spooky sites of the city bus transport will take you from place to place. Hear about the extraordinary events that took place and the ghoulish legends from Dublin's past along the way!Pass by Dublin Castle and Christ Church and hear the stories of the city's central area Cork Hill as you make your way to St Audoen’s Church your first major stop. Get off the bus and explore this historic building while listening to the shocking tales of 'The Black Dog' jail and the mysterious phantom pig. Then head further to Kilmainham Jail (Kilmainham Gaol) where you'll hear accounts of the various ghosts that are said to haunt the place. Visit Bully’s Acre
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Kilmainham Jail Tips (78)

A perfect guided tour

The highlight of our trip to Dublin, the wait for the guided tour was well worth it, the guide was great and gave a brief history of Irish times from the 1700's to the early 1900's and the struggles the people went through. The goal itself was amazing and you wondered what the prisoners went through.

DJM53
Jul 26, 2012

Kilmainham Jail

This is a really interesting guided tour and museum for anyone interested in Irish history. The guides were great story tellers and the place has been kept up really well.

When I was there, we had to sign up for a specific time for our tour, and ended up having to wait for a little over an hour, but it was worth it.

*Note: I believe we used a map we got from our hostel, Oliver St. John Gogarty's, and it was definitely not drawn to scale! By the looks of the map, Kilmainham seemed to be only 6-8 blocks away, but the map stopped including side streets after a while, and really shortened the roads just to fit the jail on the map! It wasn't an unbearable walk, but what we thought would take 30 min. took us far over an hour, so be aware of that :)

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aventurasdejacey
Apr 23, 2012

Kilmainham Gaol

The tour of this gaol and its museum was the highlight of our trip to Dublin. Fascinating insight to the more recent Irish history and the struggles for independence. Our tour guide was fantastic - just the right amount of information, never boring.

Just a word of advice: don't bring children under 8 years old to this. It's boring for them and very distracting for the rest of the group to have a bored child verbalizing and running about. My 12-year-old enjoyed most of it and was able to cope with some of the longer talks, but young ones simply cannot.

The courtyard at the end is a powerful reminder of how fortunate we are to be free.

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tara108
Apr 22, 2011

Please release me !!!!!!

Just returned to the UK from Dublin , great time in the city but disappointed with our prison visit. Was recommended this tour by a tourst info rep, however weren't told that u had to book onto a tour firstly so resulted in a 90 minute wait with frankly nothing to do in the mean time. Lots of hanging around in dark pokey corridors (not good for the clostrophobics) and due to the size of the group, found it difficult at times to hear what the guide was saying , also quite a few children on our tour which were quite distracting ( no good for the kiddies) .
If you're interested in Irish history then go for it, if not give it a miss !!!

steffy71
Apr 17, 2011
 
 
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Kilmainham Gaol

A visit to the jail was recommended to us by the info centre, the receptionist at our hotel and various other people, so we decided to give it a go and were not dissapointed. The goal was built in 1792, and it is Ireland's most famous disused prison. It held throughout the years many famous Nationalists and Republicans in members of the Society of United Irishmen (1798), Young Irelanders (c1840s), Fenians and Land agitators, Parnell, Davitt. The leaders of the 1916 Ester Rising were executed here. When you stand in the execution area, you cannot help but feel sad about what struggles there were for this nation to get to independence, but I am sure that the people who gave their lives for it, is happy today. The prison was closed in 1924. This building gives a good insight into the history of Irish Republicanism.

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mvtouring
Apr 04, 2011

Kilmainham Goal

I also agree with those who recommended the Kilmainham Goal. It was one of the most touching and memorable things on my trip 2 years ago. I think a walk through the Merion Square area with all the colorful doors and very cool knockers, if you are around Christ Church or St Patricks at evensong time you have to sit through a service, but you get in for free at least. We stayed at the litton lane hostel which used to be a recording studio for U2 and David Bowie. The location was great, except that you are right next to a bar that does an irish dance show most nights. A day trip to Knowth is worth it if you like history and neo-lithic things. you can get a bus straight from dublin

karibery
Apr 04, 2011

Kilmainham Goal

I also agree with those who recommended the Kilmainham Goal. It was one of the most touching and memorable things on my trip 2 years ago. I think a walk through the Merion Square area with all the colorful doors and very cool knockers, if you are around Christ Church or St Patricks at evensong time you have to sit through a service, but you get in for free at least. We stayed at the litton lane hostel which used to be a recording studio for U2 and David Bowie. The location was great, except that you are right next to a bar that does an irish dance show most nights. A day trip to Knowth is worth it if you like history and neo-lithic things. you can get a bus straight from dublin

karibery
Apr 04, 2011

Kilmanheim Jail

If at all interested in history and in particular, Ireland's troubled history with England, visit this jail. Even my 12 year old daughter enjoyed it but then she always loves learning and visiting historical sites. The guides on the tour are amazing and full of history facts both known and unknown.

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how could i book a visit

Morning,
my name is Fabrizio Covi; I work as a teacher in a secondary school in the North of Italy; a couple of years ago I had the pleasure to visit your "jail"; as I found it extremely interesting, I would like to know how I could book a visit. I will come to Dublin at the very end of March with 23 students and a colleague of mine.
I'm aware that this is not the right page where I can book a visit, but maybe you could tell me where to go.
I would like to book a visit for Wednesday 1st April in the early afternoon (at about 2pm) for 25 people altogether (2 teachers + 23 students).
Could you also tell me how much it would be per person?
I thank you in advance and wish you a lovely day!
Fabrizio Covi

fabriziocovi
Apr 04, 2011

Kilmainham Goal - Easter Week Rebellion 1916

On our tour of the Goal there were many places of interest were highlighted relating to the Easter Week rebellion.

Some of these were the cells where the prisoners were kept, the plaque detailing the names of those executed within the goal, and the Cross in the courtyard indicating where executions took place.

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Mikebb
Apr 04, 2011

Kilmainham gaol

Built in 1792, it is Ireland's most famous disused prison. It held throughout the years many famous Nationalists and Republicans in members of the Society of United Irishmen (1798), Young Irelanders (c1840s), Fenians and Land agitators, Parnell, Davitt. The leaders of the 1916 Ester Rising were executed here. The prison was closed in 1924. This building gives a good insight into the history of Irish Republicanism.

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lina112
Apr 04, 2011

Learn about Irish History

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

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lbhspatriot
Apr 04, 2011

Things to Do Near Kilmainham Jail

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Irish Museum Of Modern Art

The museum was rather interesting, and is housed in the former Royal Hospital Kilmainham. It was the sister institution of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. There are various exhibition spaces as well as...
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Phoenix Park

The main entrance to Phoenix Park is called the Parkgate Street Entrance and it is open 24 hours a day. There are 4 posts with streetlamps on the top and at one time you could enter anywhere between...
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Zoo

Dublin Zoo is located in Phoenix Park and is open daily from 9.30 am. It is one of the oldest zoos in the world with over 400 different animals kept in the 28 acre park. Look at the website below for...
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Guinness Storehouse

Although we have already visited various distilleries and breweries in the past, we looked forward to visiting the "Guinness Storehouse." A tour of this popular attraction was an included excursion in...
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Guinness Brewery

I have been on many brewery tours before so i was not really interested in visiting this particular one, anyway i am not so keen on Guinness, but if you are interested in a tour please refer to the...
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National Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks

I came across this exhibition of Dickie Bird in the National museum and found the story very interesting as i had never heard of the famous horse before. The exhibition room is just after the main...
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Getting to Kilmainham Jail

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Inchicore Road, Dublin 8

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  • Monday 09:30 to 18:00
  • Tuesday 09:30 to 18:00
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