One of the biggest gaols in Europe with one of the most tragic history. As I am very interested in Irish history it is a must see. Kilmainham Gaol dates from the 18th century. A lot of rebels in the struggle for Irish independence have been prisoned here and/or have been executed. James Connolly was executed in Kilmainham Gaol after the failure of the Easter Rising 1916, sitting on a chair while heavenly wounded.The tour is surprising and impressing. You feel and see the atmosphere where the prisoners have lived in. The building is easy to access as well for disabled people and there are a lot of buses going from Dublin city centre to the gaol. The visit include a guided tour and an exhibition. There is a tearoom and a giftshop.
What a totally unique and sobering experience. I've never really toured a jail (I don't think...at least clearly not one that was memorable), and this one sets the bar quite high. As the granddaughter of Irish immigrants, I found the prison to be such a haunted, tortured place with such a sad story to tell of the troubled and corrupted Irish history. If you're at all interested in Irish history from the late 1800s (and the Republic political movement), I recommend a tour here. It was worth the price of admission for what I learned alone.
My favorite of the tourist sights. A must-see explanation of Irish history and the struggle for independence coupled with a tour of Ireland's most famous jail.A guided tour is required so plan in advance to avoid being disappointed. During busy times, the tours sell out well in advance so you could end up waiting for a bit. There is a museum close by where you could burn some wait time but this part of town doesn't have a lot else to offer so you wouldn't want to be here for too long.
So cool: gorgeous Victorian jail (well, as gorgeous as a jail can be), now made into a history museum, largely about the 1916 Easter Rising. You go through on a guided tour, and the guide we had was very good. There's a well laid out exhibition area to tour while you're waiting for the next tour. Great combo of spooky, informative and rabble-rousing.
An important landmark in Ireland's history. Learn about the establishing of the state and the tales of the 1916 Rising.