Guided tours will resume from 20th September.
Admission is free, but tickets must be pre-booked online and all visitors require a ticket.
Please see below for additional information and to book your complimentary ticket.
COVID-19 update: Re-opening and Your Visit
We are delighted to announce that guided tours of Kilmainham Gaol will resume on Monday 20th September.
Admission is free for 2021, but all visitors including children and Heritage Card users require a ticket. It is essential to pre-book tickets online. Please do not arrive without booking in advance, as you will not gain entry.
To ensure the safety of our visitors & staff, Kilmainham Gaol is reopening at a reduced capacity. If you are unable to attend your scheduled visit for any reason, please let us know so we can release your tickets. Any cancellation or additional tickets for the day will be released online between 9:15am – 9:30am.
Visitors over the age of 13 are required to wear a face covering during their visit.
Wheelchair users and visitors with additional needs should not book tickets on-line. Please contact us in advance to arrange your visit: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see our Covid-19 Visitor Guidelines. The guidelines will also answer many of your FAQs
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.
The Forgotten Ten – A War of Independence centenary exhibition
As the War of Independence progressed throughout 1920 and 1921, twenty-four men were executed in Ireland by the British Administration. Fourteen were shot by military firing squad in counties Cork and Limerick, as both counties were under martial law at the time. In Dublin, however, where martial law did not apply, ten men were hanged in Mountjoy, which was a civilian prison. A new exhibition in Kilmainham Gaol Museum looks at these latter executions and the men who would become known as ‘The Forgotten Ten’
Please see The Forgotten Ten for further information.
Entrance to Kilmainham Gaol is by escorted tour and is managed through timed tickets. Online booking is required. Please do not travel to Kilmainham Gaol if you have not booked tickets. Cancellation tickets for the day will be released online 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. .
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
Kilmainham Gaol on Lockdown
Explore the Gaol through our series of Kilmainham Gaol on Lockdown videos. Learn more about the gaol’s political graffiti, take a walk through the basement, visit the prison yards and discover a hidden corridor.
A second series of videos tell the story of the Invincibles who were arrested and held in Kilmainham Gaol, following the fatal stabbing of Lord Frederick Cavendish, newly appointed Chief Secretary for Ireland, and the Undersecretary T.H. Burke in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. The series traces the investigation and events that took place in Kilmainham Gaol and Courthouse, which led to the execution of five members of The Invincibles the following year.
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