Plan a Visit

Opening Hours

Kilmainham Gaol Museum is open all year round, except the 24th, 25th, and 26th of December.

January – December *

9:30am – 5:30pm
(Last tour 4:15pm)

* 1st June – 30th September

9:00am – 6:45pm (last admission 5:30pm)


Location & Entrance

The new Kilmainham Gaol Museum Visitor Centre is located 3.5km from Dublin City Centre.

Entrance is now through the former Kilmainham Courthouse.


Dublin Bus routes: no. 69, 79 from Aston Quay, Dublin 2; no. 13 & 40 from O’Connell St, Dublin 1, or College Green Dublin 2. Check the Dublin Bus website for further information.

Luas Tram: red line – nearest stop is Suir Road. Check the Luas website for further information.

Car Parking: Kilmainham Gaol has no car parking facilities. Parking is available at the nearby Irish Museum of Modern Art/Royal Hospital Kilmainham – access via East Gate, Military Road. The car park is a 5 minute walk to the Gaol via West Avenue and Richmond Gate.

Coach Parking: There is limited coach parking available on Inchicore Road.

Kilmainham Gaol Museum
Drag the yellow figure to the red pin to explore the site at streetview level.


A café is situated on the first floor in the Courthouse.


Latest Tour News

There will be an Irish tour available on Saturday and Sunday, 11 & 12 March at 3pm.
To book places, send an email to

New, ISL tours available to members of the deaf community.
Running from 16th April; click the image to view the poster. Contact us for more details.

Guided Tours

Kilmainham Gaol is a very busy site and the prebooking of tickets is essential to gain access at your chosen day and time.

The Gaol is accessed by guided tour only with a maximum of 35 people per tour.

Visitors should be at the Gaol 15 minutes before their tour is due to start.

All groups with over 10 people must be booked in advance by contacting us at

Your Visit

The average length of a visit to the Museum and guided tour of Gaol is 90 minutes.

Guided tours of the building take approximately one hour.

During the winter months the Gaol building is very cold so please dress appropriately.

Photography / Video

For permission to carry out commercial and professional filming or photography, please contact

Admission Charges

Ticket prices for the Gaol (includes guided tour) are as follows:

Walk-up: €9 (adult), €7 (senior), €5 (child/ student), €23 (family). Credit/debit cards are accepted at reception.

Online (click here for online booking):€8 (adult), €6 (senior), €4 (child/ student), €20 (family).

The price for group bookings is €6 per person. Access to the Gaol is by guided tour only.

Unaccompanied minors (under 18 years of age) will not be admitted.

School groups are entitled to free admission under the Free Educational Visits for Schools Scheme

Holders of the Heritage Card gain free admission.


A guide to the Gaol in English, Gaeilge, Español, Italiano, Deutsche, or Français.

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… about the Free Educational Visits for Schools Scheme.

Also in the Area

Royal Hospital Kilmainham

Distance: 110m to nearest gate.

See especially Bully’s Acre, a graveyard with thousand-year-old history on the grounds.

Phoenix Park

Distance: 1.6km to nearest gate.

One of the largest walled city parks in Europe, with a number of heritage attractions within.

The Irish National War Memorial Gardens

Distance: 850m.

Dedicated to the memory of Irish soldiers lost in the Great War, this is one of the most famous war memorials in Europe.

Richmond Barracks

Distance: 1.3km.

From barracks to prison to school to museum, this historic landmark influenced Ireland’s Independence. Opens to the public on the 2nd of May, 2016.

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