Kilmainham Gaol

The building that helped shape modern Irish nationalism

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Kilmainham Gaol is one of Dublin’s top visitor attractions as it one of the most important Irish monuments of the modern period symbolising the Irish struggle for independence. As the Morgan is just a 15-minute journey away by car and Luas, you won't want to miss the chance visit the building so closely linked to Irish nationalism. Head to our offers page to see our full range of packages for staying at the Morgan Hotel.

Kilmainham Gaol is one of Europe’s largest unoccupied jails. When the gaol was first opened in 1796 as a new country gaol for Dublin, it was one of the most modern prisons in Ireland. During the first half of the nineteenth century, the Gaol housed many prisoners waiting to be transported to Australia. After the Irish Civil War ended in 1924, the last prisoner was released and the Gaol closed its doors. Throughout its history, the jail held many leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848,1867 and 1916. It has since been turned into Kilmainham Gaol Museum operated by the Office of Public Works. Today, the building symbolises the tradition of militant and constitutional nationalism throughout Irish history.

Access to Kilmainham Gaol is by guided tour only. A guided tour of the gaol lasts around 1 hour and will give you insight into its history from its time operating as a working prison to its restoration. At the end of the tour, there is a museum where you can explore more of the gaol's history. As tours tend to sell out quickly, to ensure entry it is advised to pre-book tickets on the Kilmainham Gaol website. Tickets can be booked up to 3 months in advance. All minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Ticket Prices:

Walk-up (Credit/debit cards are accepted at reception):
Adult - €9
Senior - €7
Child/Student - €5
Family - €23

Online Booking:
Adult - €8
Senior - €6
Child/Student - €4
Family - €20

The price for group bookings is €6 per person.

 

Public Transport:

  Bus Route(s): No 13 & 40 from O'Connell St. Dublin 1 or College Green Dublin 2.

  LUAS Tram: Red Line - Nearest stop Suir Road.

Opening Hours

  • April - September: Daily 09:30 - 18:00 (last admission at 16:45)           
  • October - March: Daily 09:30 - 17:30 (last admission at 16:45)
  • Average Length of Visit: 1.5 hours
  • Closed on the 24th, 25th & 26th December
  • Admission charges vary, visit the Kilmainham Gaol website for more details, it is cheaper to book on their website instead of paying on the day.

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