Time Out says
A prison museum offering chilling insight into the most profound moments in modern Irish history
For thousands of Irishmen in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Kilmainham penal colony was the imposing, grey purgatory between freedom and transport to Australia. For 15, it was the last place they knew before being executed. On a guided tour of the grounds, you’ll hear about revolutionary icons that killed for Irish independence as well as the hordes of ordinary men, women, and children held for petty crimes. You’ll walk into their cells, see their personal belongings, and read their letters. It sounds somber, but guides expertly blend the tragic with the inspiring, even enticing a laugh now and then. Visits end in an exhibition space detailing the political history of the space and the details of its restoration.
Time Out tip: Kilmainham Gaol gets crowded, especially in the summer. Buy your tickets in advance online to secure a spot on the tour you want.
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