Discover the unique history associated with Richmond Barracks from British Army Garrison to internment centre of the 1916 Rising Rebels and its integral place in the heart of the local community for over 200 years.
A visit to this award winning and beautifully restored venue, will engage visitors with history in a unique way. The exhibitions commemorate and celebrate both the people and place over a time span of 200 years. Richmond Barracks was built in 1814 to counter a Napoleonic invasion and later served as a recruitment barracks for the British Army. Soldiers based here were sent to fight in the Crimean War, the Boer War and World War I. These buildings were a key site for many significant events in Ireland’s national history particularly in the immediate aftermath of the 1916 Rising. Over 3,000 people were held here while they awaited their fate of deportation to various prison camps throughout Britain or worse. The leaders of the Rising were held in the historic Gymnasium prior to their courts-martial in the Officers Block of Richmond Barracks and subsequent execution in Kilmainham Gaol. A guided tour includes a visit to nearby Goldenbridge Cemetery, an atmospheric Garden Cemetery founded by Daniel O’Connell in 1829 and visitors can also avail of a self-guided tour within the confines of Richmond Barracks.
The Mess café run by The Green Kitchen serves delicious hearty and homemade breakfast and lunches for visitors to enjoy. Richmond Barracks is also available for Venue Hire for a range of public and private events. The Gymnasium can accommodate up to 150 people seated and is ideal for conferences, receptions and launches. Visitors can relax in the beautiful and extensive garden to the rear of the buildings.