Easy Access – Kilmainham Gaol, War & Revolution Tour



3 hours



  • Explore and experience Irish history during an entertaining and engaging walking tour of Kilmainham Gaol, unchanged since 1924
  • Enjoyed Timed Entry tickets to Kilmainham Jail
  • Visit The Irish National War Memorial Gardens dedicated to the memory of the Irish soldiers who gave their lives in WWI
  • Experience what life was like during the many Irish uprisings and WWI & WWII in Ireland
  • Hear about the historical events that changed the course of Irish history from the 13th century to the present day
  • Visit the actual prison cells and execution site of the Leaders of the 1916 uprising
  • Enjoy the most extraordinary tour led by an expert local English-speaking guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or fewer


Learn about some of the most important events in Irish history and hear stories of great personal sacrifice and triumph on our extraordinary Kilmainham Gaol, War and Revolution Tour. We combine a fully guided Kilmainham Gaol tour with a fully guided visit to The Irish National War Memorial Gardens, dedicated to the memory of Irish soldiers who gave their lives in the Great War of WWI. With an expert guide on hand throughout (specially chosen for their knowledge and passion of this fascinating period in Irish history), you’ll discover how the Irish were governed for over 700 years by the English and the ensuing political and revolutionary events that’s shaped the Ireland of today. Travel through time to really understand the political heart of the Irish people and its leaders including Michael Collins played by Liam Neeson in the movie of the same name that was also filmed in part at Kilmainham Gaol.

The tour begins with a guided walking tour of Kilmainham Gaol to discover its fascinating history and the role it played in rallying the Irish people to pursue independence from Great Britain and Westminster. Once inside the jail you’ll discover its dark history while walking in the footsteps of many of its many inmates, including; men, women and children. Explore Irish and English politics while your professional and engaging OPW Kilmainham Gaol guide tells you about some of its more famous inmates including the Leaders of the 1916 Rising, not only men but women too including Countess Markievicz an Irish politician, revolutionary, nationalist, suffragette and socialist who was imprisoned in Kilmainham Gaol awaiting execution as a result of her participation in the 1916 Rising. You’ll see and visit some of the cells of its most famous inmates as well as some of its youngest.

With small groups of only 20 people or fewer, our Kilmainham Gaol, War & Revolution Tour will be personal and unhurried, with a passionate and friendly guide. Walk over history while discovering the main places and players that shaped the Ireland of today.

Finally, you will also enjoy the Gaol’s film history where the following movies were filmed;

The Italian Job, The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, The Babe, Michael Collins, In the Name of the Father

Good to Know

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  • Tour includes €8 ticket for timed entry to The Gaol.
  • This tour is led by an expert local English speaking guide, with the Official Kilmainham Gaol tour conducted by an OPW Kilmainham Jail Guide.
  • Experience over 200 years of Irish history dramatized in extraordinary guide stories.
  • See a fascinating audio visual show detailing the history of this significant building.
  • Visit & see the actual prison cells of the largest preserved Victorian jail in Europe.
  • Visit the execution site of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rebellion.
  • Walk the narrow cell corridors that have strong connections to the Irish struggle for independence.
  • Entrance and fully guided tour of the Irish National War Memorial Gardens.
  • See the banks of the River Liffey which witnessed the very first landing of the 9th Century Viking invasions.
  • Hotel Pick Up / Drop-Off
  • Transportation
  • Guide Tip
Before you book
  • We cannot accommodate strollers or baby carriages.
  • Wheelchairs, motorised scooters, or any other device to assist mobility are not recommended.
  • Participants should be in good health, consult first with your doctor if you have any medical condition or are not used to regular exercise.
  • Wear comfortable shoes as this tour involves a fair amount of walking, including over uneven surfaces, cobblestones, hills, inclines/declines and stairs.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • Changes or cancellations requested less than 24 hours before the tour departure time are not possible.
  • Minimum numbers apply, there is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation.
  • Anybody under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by somebody aged 18 years or older.
  • This tour is not suitable for children 12 or under. Children between 13-17 years of age can book the tour but must be accompanied by an Adult and supervised throughout the tour.
  • Parents must be aware that this tour serves alcohol and that under no circumstances are children under 18 years of age permitted to drink or sample any alcohol during the tour duration.