Kilmainham Gaol - Open House Dublin 2023
Building Tour

Kilmainham Gaol

John Traille, John McCurdy
Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
Tour Dates & Times
  • Saturday 15 October:
  • 11am – 12pm |
  • 3pm – 4pm
  • Sunday 16 October:
  • 10am – 11am |
  • 2pm – 3pm
Booked Out
Interior of prison building displaying corridor with cell doors Interior of prison building displaying hall with four floors of prisoners cells

Kilmainham Gaol is one of the largest unoccupied prisons in Europe. It opened in 1796 as the new county gaol for Dublin. A prison for common criminals and a place of detention for convicts awaiting transportation to Australia, the building also reflected developing ideas in prison reform and architecture

that emerged throughout the 19th Century. During its128-year history, the Gaol witnessed some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland’s emergence as a modern nation.

It was at the centre of many of the main historical events in 19th and early 20th century Ireland. Kilmainham Gaol is closely associated with the Irish struggle for independence, with a large number of leading revolutionary figures and political activists imprisoned within its walls.

Accessibility Information

While the guided tour for Open House is not wheelchair accessible, visitors with any mobility issues or additional requirements can contact to arrange an accessible visit.

The museum /exhibition areas and Courthouse Visitor Centre are wheelchair accessible

Accessible Toilets, Assistance Dogs welcome

Photography Credit
© Peter Maloney




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