Plan a Visit

Opening Hours

Kilmainham Gaol Museum is open all year round, except 24th- 27th December (inclusive); 

January – June 9:30 – 17:15

July & August 9:30 – 17:45

September- 31st December 9:30 – 17:15

Closed 4th & 5th November 2023

Your Visit

Kilmainham Gaol is a very busy site and the pre-booking of tickets is essential to gain access at your chosen day and time. The Gaol is accessed by guided tour only with a maximum of 35 people per tour.

Groups with 10 or more people must be booked in advance by contacting  Please note that group bookings are allocated on a first come first served basis.

The average length of a visit to the Museum and guided tour of Gaol is 90 minutes.

Guided tours of the building take approximately one hour. Visitors should be arrive 15 minutes before their tour is due to start. Ticket holders for the 4:15pm/4:30pm tour should arrive 30-40 minutes before their scheduled tour, to allow time to visit the museum. Due to the nature and duration of the guided tour, Kilmainham Goal is not recommended for children under the age of 6. Children’s buggies/strollers are not permitted on the tour. During the winter months the Gaol building is very cold so please dress appropriately.


Brambles café is situated on the first floor in the Courthouse.

Kilmainham Gaol currently has no secure lockers for luggage. However, there is a designated space in the entrance hall where visitors are welcome to leave large personal belongings. The area is covered by CCTV camera but Kilmainham Gaol accepts no responsibility for any lost or stolen items.

Visitors should also note that children’s buggies/strollers, wheelie bags and large items of luggage are not permitted on the tour.

Location & Entrance

Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Courthouse is located 3.5km from Dublin City Centre.


Dublin Bus routes: no. 60 from Wellington Quay or Heuston Station, G1/G2 from Spencer Dock or Wellington Quay. Check the Dublin Bus website for further information.

Luas Tram: red line – nearest stop is Suir Road. Check the Luas website for further information.

Car Parking: Kilmainham Gaol has no car parking facilities. Parking is available at the nearby Irish Museum of Modern Art/Royal Hospital Kilmainham – access via East Gate, Military Road. The car park is a 5 minute walk to the Gaol via West Avenue and Richmond Gate.

Coach Parking: There is limited coach parking available on Inchicore Road.

Filming and Photography

For Filming and Photography queries please see


Admission costs

Adults   €8.00

Senior   €6.00

Student  €4.00

Family   €20 (2 adults and 2-3 children under the age of 18)

Children under 12 are free of charge but still require a ticket. Please book the under 12 complimentary ticket.

Book Tickets


A guide to the Gaol in English, Gaeilge, Español, Italiano, Deutsche, or Français.


Visita Guidata Alla Prigione Di Kilmainham


Visita Guiada a la Prisión de Kilmainham


Guide De Visiteur

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Also in the Area

Royal Hospital Kilmainham

Distance: 110m to nearest gate.

See especially Bully’s Acre, a graveyard with thousand-year-old history on the grounds.

Phoenix Park

Distance: 1.6km to nearest gate.

One of the largest walled city parks in Europe, with a number of heritage attractions within.

The Irish National War Memorial Gardens

Distance: 850m.

Dedicated to the memory of Irish soldiers lost in the Great War, this is one of the most famous war memorials in Europe.

Richmond Barracks

Distance: 1.3km.

From barracks to prison to school to museum, this historic landmark influenced Ireland’s Independence. Opens to the public on the 2nd of May, 2016.

Save time and buy tickets online before your visit.