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Before it's closure in 1924, Dublin's Kilmainham Gaol housed some of the most famous political and military leaders in Irish history. Major renovation of the Gaol underway until December 2015 many areas will not be accessible from time to time.
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.
Please note that due to major building works being undertaken at Kilmainham Gaol, certain areas of the Gaol, principally the East Wing and the Exhibition/ Museum area will not be accessible from time to time. Reduced admission fees will be applicable in respect of the re-development period.
If for no other reason, Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin would be remarkable for being the biggest unoccupied gaol in these islands. As such, it gives the visitor 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.
Leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916 were detained here.
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.
Facilities include, toilets, disabled toilets and tearooms.
Please contact the Gaol for information on ongoing temporary exhibitions.