Located on Inchicore Road, Kilmainham Gaol Museum stands as a memorial and stark reminder of Ireland’s turbulent political and social past. Kilmainham Gaol opened in 1796 as the new county gaol for Dublin and it closed as a prison in 1924. During its 128-year history, the gaol was at the centre of many of the main historical events in 19th and early 20th century Ireland. It is closely associated with the Irish struggle for independence from British rule, reflected in the large number of leading revolutionary ficharacters and political activists imprisoned within its walls. The prison’s stonebreaker’s yard offers a poignant reminder that this was the site of execution for the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising.
Kilmainham Gaol is open all year around, apart from the 24th, 25th and 26th December.
9am - 5:30pm (last admission) daily.
Booking in advance is essential through their website.