Kilmainham Gaol Museum

Following Government advice, Kilmainham Gaol is currently closed.

Please see further information below.




Following  government guidelines, Kilmainham Gaol Museum is  currently closed.  We are working  towards partially re-opening to visitors later this month, in line with public health advice. Tickets will be available to purchase online the week before opening. Updates will be posted on our website and social media once we have a confirmed opening date.

Further information can be also be found on OPW Heritage Sites and COVID-19.

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.


Digitial Pride Festival 2020

We are delighted to be taking part in the ‘Older Than Pride’ strand by providing a ‘virtual’ queer History Tour of Kilmainham Gaol at 2pm on 24 June. For further information and to  book your place  please visit the events section of our Facebook page.

Kilmainham Gaol on Lockdown 

Explore the Gaol through our series of Kilmainham Gaol on Lockdown videos.

Learn more about the gaol’s political graffiti, walk through the basement, visit the prison yards and discover a hidden corridor. 

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.

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 are not accepting school bookings until further notice.

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

Group Bookings 

Please note that we are not accepting group bookings until further notice.

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.


Temporary Exhibition

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

Further information can be found on our Exhibitions page.

Plan a Visit

Opening hours, location, transport and more.

Book Tickets

Book tickets online now, to guarantee your place in our popular tours.


View highlights of the permanent collection.


Information for teachers and students.

Full captions and copyright information for all images can be found in the Galleries. If you would like to use any of the images you see on this website, please contact us.

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