Plan a Visit
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- December 9:30 – 17:00
Additional closure dates in 2024: January 15,16, 22, 23, 29, 30 and February 05, 06, 12, 13
Kilmainham Gaol is a very busy site and tickets must be pre-booked online. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Please note that group bookings are allocated on a first come first served basis.
Please allow approximately 90 minutes for your visit. Guided tours of the building take one hour, and visitors will also have access to our museum.
Visitors should be arrive 15 minutes before their tour is due to start. To allow time to visit the museum/exhibitions, ticket holders for the final 2 tours of the day should arrive 30-40 minutes before their scheduled tour.
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.
All facilities are located in the Courthouse Visitor Centre. No ticket required to use the café or to visit the gift shop.
Brambles café is situated on the first floor of the Courthouse. For group bookings please contact +353 (0)1 4685000.
The Visitor Centre 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 and Transport
Kilmainham Gaol Museum 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 https://heritageireland.ie/visit/venue-hire/filming-and-photography/
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.
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.
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
Dedicated to the memory of Irish soldiers lost in the Great War, this is one of the most famous war memorials in Europe.