Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
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Glasnevin is Ireland's largest cemetery where over one and a half million people are buried including icons such as Daniel O'Connell, Michael Collins, Charles Stewart Parnell, Maud Gonne, and Eamon DeValera.
Since 1832, more than one and a half million people have been interred in Glasnevin. Located just 2.5km from Dublin’s city centre, Glasnevin Cemetery covers 124 acres of glorious parkland with plenty to appreciate – perfect for those interested in exploring the legacies of Ireland’s heroes.
A hauntingly gorgeous Victorian Garden cemetery each guide is passionate about sharing their love of heritage and history, telling the stories of Ireland’s complex and fascinating history through daily walking tours turning a learning experience into a period of magic with a careful balance of passion, sensitivity and even fun.
Glasnevin’s mission strives to showcase the fascinating stories, from the ordinary to the extraordinary, of those laid to rest in the cemetery. There is an enviable collection of statues and headstones from the simplest to the magnificently ornate, including Daniel O’Connell’s crypt.
General History tour:
This tour gives an overview of the history of Glasnevin Cemetery and visits the graves of Ireland’s heroes – including Daniel O’Connell, Michael Collins, Roger Casement, Charles Stewart Parnell and Countess Markievicz. Hear stories of the rogues and the rebels, the famous and the infamous, the gravediggers and the grave robbers.
“Dead Interesting” Tour:
Hear the stories of the lesser known personalities, but equally interesting people buried at Glasnevin. Dead Interesting gives an alternative view of the varied heritage that Ireland’s largest cemetery holds within its walls such as the story of Maria Higgins, a lady who died once but was buried twice in Glasnevin and Francis de Groot, who opened the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The O’Connell Tower:
198 steps to breath taking views of Dublin, the tower opened to the public for the first time since it was destroyed by a bomb in 1971. It is Ireland’s tallest round tower and stands at 180 feet. Built in 1854, it is the tombstone of the great liberator, Daniel O’Connell, who lies in an ornately decorated crypt at the base of the tower.
Please refer to the website at all times for information on tour schedules and opening hours.