If you like to learn the history of the cities you holiday in, then we recommend a trip to Kilmainham Gaol during your break in Dublin. Kilmainham Gaol is a former prison that now serves as a museum and reminds the visitor of the troubled past that our two countries share. It was most famously used as a prison for Irish Republicans during the painful separation of the UK and Ireland between 1916 and 1922. Most holiday makers try to avoid prison on their trips abroad. However, this is one prison that we suggest you put at the top of your travel itinerary.

How to get there

Kilmainham Gaol is only 3.5 miles from the centre of Dublin. You can take bus numbers 13 or 40 from O’Connell Street (which is Dublin’s main thoroughfare). By the end of your holiday you may be familiar with The Luas, this is Dublin’s Tram system. The nearest Luas stop to Kilmainham Gaol is Suir Road, on the Red Line.

Important information

  • You can only go round Kilmainham Gaol as part of a tour. You just need to turn up and wait they are run every 45 minutes.
  • The museum includes a tea shop and a souvenir shop.
  • Unlike some other museums you visit on your Dublin holiday it has an admittance charge. This is set at 6 Euros. Students only have to pay 2 Euros.

What to take

Cameras are allowed in Kilmainham, but you are not allowed to take videos. When you come to make your holiday album, you will have a piece history to remember your holiday by.

Look out for

Although revolutionary at the time of its construction (the 1770’s) the Gaol will take you on a trip back through many years of history. One thing to note is that it is a really cold place and, in places, is very dark. This adds to the atmosphere. Be sure to see the cell which once housed the future Irish President Eamonn DeValera. Also of note is the chapel where Joseph Plunkett married his love, Grace Gifford, the day before his execution. The yard where James Connolly was executed is also of great interest and holds an almost sacred place in Irish minds.

You can only go round Kilmainham Gaol as part of a tour. Unlike other museums you will visit on your Dublin holiday it also has an admittance charge. This is set at 6 Euros. We thoroughly recommend that you include Kilmainham gaol as part of your holiday itinerary= it is one place that you will not forget.

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