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Kilmainham Gaol

One of the “must see” things in Dublin is definitely Kilmainham Gaol.

The Gaol is about 3,5 km from the city centre, Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8.

It takes about 40 minutes from the Temple bar to there. So if this isn’t to far  for you, you can walk there like we did.

If you like you can take a taxi or public bus.

Kilmainham Gaol is one of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe.

Some of the most famous political and military leaders in Irish history were held prisoner there.

Main hall

Main hall

It gives you a realistic insight into what is was like to have been confined in one of these  bastions  of correction

between 1796 when it opened and 1924 when it closed.

Many Irish revolutionaries, including the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising, were imprisoned and executed in the prison by the British.

There was no segregation of prisoners; men, women and children were incarcerated up to 5 in each cell.

The tour is guided , they have a good guide who explained everything and tell you all about this prison.

Hallway in Kilmainham

Hallway in Kilmainham

The tour last around 45 minutes and the entrance fee is 7€.

There are many movies that have been filmed in Kilmainham Gaol like: The Italian Job, In the name of the father, Michael Collins.

U2  recorded  a music video there for the song  „a celebration“.


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