East Wing

Kilmainham Gaol

Contact Details

Address: Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8.
Telephone No: +353 1 453 5984
Fax No: +353 1 453 2037
E-mail: kilmainhamgaol@opw.ie
Website: http://kilmainhamgaolgraffiti.com

Opening Hours

Open all Year

Kilmainham Gaol Museum is open seven days a week including Bank Holidays from 9.30am to 5.30pm (Last Tour at 4.30pm)

Average Length of Visit: 45 - 50 mins

Closed on the 24th, 25th & 26th December

Please Note: It is advisable to arrive early to avoid the disappointment of finding all the tours for that day booked out.

Tickets are sold on a first come first served basis and cannot be booked in advance.

Unaccompanied Minors (under18s) will not be admitted.

Admission Fees

(Reduced fees below applicable during re-development works)
Adult - €4.00
Senior/Group - €3.00 (maximum 35 people in a group)
Child/Student - €2.00
Family - €10.00
Credit/Debit cards are both accepted.


Toilets, Disabled Toilets, Baby changing, Exhibition Area

Restaurant/Tearooms: Yes - Tearoom


Simon Harris TD Minister of State for the OPW together with the Kilmainham Gaol Board of Visitors has launched an appeal for the former 'Kilmainham Gaol Restoration Society' volunteer workers to come forward to recognise their achievement is saving the Gaol from ruin over 50 years ago. For more information please click here.

Important  Notice in relation to Kilmainham Gaol
Please note that due to major building works being undertaken at Kilmainham Gaol during the period from 29 September 2014 to the end March 2016,  certain areas of the Gaol, such as the Exhibition/Museum area and parts of the tour route will not be accessible from time to time. Unfortunately, the Gaol will be unable to accommodate group/school bookings during the period of the building works.    Reduced admission fees will be applicable in respect of the re-development period and updates will be posted, where required. We would like to ask all visitors to bear with us during the re-development works and we apologise for any inconvenience caused .  

Kilmainham Gaol is one of the largest unoccupied gaols in Europe, covering some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland's emergence as a modern nation from 1780s to the 1920s. Attractions include a major exhibition detailing the political and penal history of the prison and its restoration. The tour of the prison includes an audio-visual show. Tours may be arranged for visitors with special needs by prior arrangement.

Location: 3.5km from centre of Dublin.

Public Transport:
Dublin Bus Route(s): No. 69, 79 from Aston Quay Dublin 2; No 13 & 40 from O'Connell St. Dublin 1 or College Green Dublin 2.  Please see http://www.dublinbus.ie/Route-Planner/ for further information.

LUAS Tram: Red Line - Nearest stop Suir Road.  Please see http://www.luas.ie/suir-road.html for further information.

Guided Tours:
Access to Kilmainham Gaol by Guided Tour Only. All groups over 10 people must be booked in advance (maximum 35 people in a Group). E-mail: kilmainhamgaol@opw.ie
Duration: 60 minutes

Leaflet/Guide book: English, Irish, Spanish, Italian, available below in PDF.

Adobe Acrobat logoKilmainham Gaol English

Acrobat LogoKilmainham Gaol Irish

Acrobat LogoKilmainham Gaol Italian

Adobe Acrobat logoKilmainham Gaol Spanish

Adobe Acrobat logoKilmainham Gaol German

Adobe Acrobat logoKilmainham Gaol French

Seasonal Events:

Please check in advance using contact details listed above

Photography / Video allowed:

Photography - Yes. Video - No

Additional Information:

Please note that this is a very busy site all year round and visitors may experience delays at certain times.  During winter months the interior of the Gaol is very cold - please dress appropriately.

Event Calendar

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