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.
April 9am – 6pm (first tour 9am: last tour 4:45pm)
May 9am – 6.00pm (first tour 9am: last tour 4:45pm)
June, July & August 9am – 7pm (first tour 9am: last tour 5:45pm)
Sept 9am – 6pm (first tour 9am: last tour 4:45pm)
Oct – March – 9.30am – 5.30pm – Last admission 4.15pm
Average Length of Visit: 60 mins
Online prices – Adult €8, Senior €6, Child/Student €4 and Family €20.
Walk-up prices* – Adult €9, Senior €7, Child/Student €5 and Family €23
*Please note that these tickets are very limited and it is advisable to book your tickets in advance
*Free admission for children under the age of 12. Please note: Children under 12 require a valid ticket to gain entrance and complimentary tickets must be booked on-line.
Credit/Debit cards are accepted.