Kilmainham Gaol 2016

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Posted on 19 Feb 2016 by Colin Napper

One of the best tourist attraction to go and see during your short stay in Dublin and only a stones throw from the Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol is a must see for any discerning traveler. It was first built in 1796 and was called the New Gaol to distinguish it from the old gaol and was intended to replace a dungeon.

History of Kilmainham Gaol

The uprisings of 1798, 1803, 1848, 1867 and 1916 all ended with the leaders confined in Kilmainham gaol including Robert Emmet, Thomas Francis Meagher, Charles Stewart Parnell and the 1916 Easter Rising leaders were all visitors, but it was the executions in 1916 which etched Kilmainham Gaol into Irish minds.

Prisoners in the Gaol would have to share the same room with kids, women and men all sharing the same cell with one candle to light up the room.

Kilmainham Gaol PDF Brochure

Location from Dublin city centre

Kilmainham Gaol is located just outside Dublin’ city centre about a 10 drive from Dublin’s O Connell street heading towards Heuston train station.

Dublin Bus

From the city centre there is three buses which will take you to Kilmainham Gaol
Bus 68a from Fleet street
Bus 69 from Fleet street
Bus 79a from Ashton Quay


From the city centre take the luas stop at Abbey street just off O Connell street to Suir road
Abbey st to Suir road

For further information about bookings please view the Heritage Ireland website