Kilmainham Gaol Museum

Following Government advice, Kilmainham Gaol will be closed until further notice. All tickets will be refunded automatically over the coming days.

Please see further information below.




Further to the Taoiseach’s announcement of Friday 27th March all OPW Heritage sites including Parks, with the exception of the Phoenix Park will be closed, effective immediately. For a full list of properties see

In line with government advice, Kilmainham Gaol Museum is currently closed. We will remain closed until April 19th 2020, or until we receive further official advice on this. All tickets booked online will be refunded automatically. We would ask for your patience with this, and to only email us if you do not receive your refund within 21 days.

Visitors who purchased their tickets at Kilmainham Gaol Visitor Centre by cash or card, should email us to arrange their refund

Online booking for future dates, will not be available until we have received further official advice regarding this developing situation. Please continue to check the website for updates.  

Kilmainham Gaol opened in 1796 as the new County Gaol for Dublin. It closed its doors in 1924.

Today the building symbolises the tradition of militant and constitutional nationalism from the rebellion of 1798 to the Irish Civil War of 1922-23. Leaders of the rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848,1867 and 1916 were detained and in some cases executed here. Many members of the Irish Republican movement during the Anglo-Irish War (1919-21) were also detained in Kilmainham Gaol, guarded by British troops. Names such as Henry Joy McCracken, Robert Emmet, Anne Devlin, Charles Stewart Parnell and the leaders of 1916 will always be associated with the building. It should not be forgotten however that, as a county gaol, Kilmainham held thousands of ordinary men, women and children. Their crimes ranged from petty offences such as stealing food to more serious crimes such as murder or rape. Convicts from many parts of Ireland were held here for long periods waiting to be transported to Australia. Kilmainham Gaol Museum is operated and managed by the Office of Public Works.


Temporary Exhibition

‘Recycle, Re-purpose, Re-imagine: Transforming Objects in Kilmainham Gaol’

Further information can be found on our Exhibitions page.

Guided Tours

Entrance to Kilmainham Gaol is by guided tour only and is managed through timed tickets. Advance booking online is essential to guarantee entry.  Tickets can be booked 60 days in advance.

Cancellation tickets for the day will be released online every morning between 9:15am-9:30am. Please note that the online system is for use by individuals and not for group bookings.  Please refer to our terms and conditions. Further information on tours, tickets and facilities can be found on Plan a Visit & Frequently Asked Questions

Educational School Visits

Kilmainham Gaol Museum offers free educational visits for primary and secondary schools. Please read our Schools Information Page before requesting a visit.

Please note that we have allocated all educational visits for 2019/2020 academic year. We will be accepting requests for 2020/2021 academic year from June 2020. 

Resources for Primary and Secondary schools can be found on our Investigate/Education page.

Group Bookings

Kilmainham Gaol Museum welcomes requests for group bookings (10 or more people). All requests should be made by email to

Groups should not purchase tickets using the online booking system, as this is for use by individuals and independent visitors only. Please refer to our terms and conditions.

We have now allocated all group bookings to the end of June 2020.

Upcoming Events

Lecture cancelled due to site closure. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Kilmainham Gaol Museum is delighted to be hosting the opening reception and keynote lecture of OUTing the Past, Dublin’s international festival of LGBT+ history, on Friday 20 March @ 6.30pm.  Entitled  ‘Sexual Identity, Authenticity and the Casement Diaries’, the lecture will be given by Jeffrey Dudgeon, a politician, historian and gay activist from Northern Ireland who is also the distinguished author of ‘Roger Casement: The Black Diaries’.  The free event will take place in Kilmainham’s historic courthouse, but booking is essential via Eventbrite at

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Information for teachers and students.

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