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Kilmainham Gaol

Once a prison for Irish revolutionaries, this museum offers a sobering look into Ireland’s turbulent past.

Kilmainham Gaol: Our most recommended tours and activities

Dublin: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. Dublin: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore Dublin at your own pace on a sightseeing bus. See all of the sights of the city with unlimited hop-on hop-off for either 24, 48, or 72 hours. Learn about the history and heritage of Dublin from on-board audio commentary. You’ll get a chance to hop off at the world-famous Guinness Storehouse to discover the origins of one of the world’s most famous beverages. For a touch of sophistication, head over to the Irish Museum of Modern Art, where you’ll experience a staggering collection of artwork. You can remain on the bus for a full loop, enjoying the 360 degree views from the open-top deck of sights such as Phoenix Park and the River Liffey.  Dublin City Route stops: • Irish Whiskey Museum, Trinity College, Book of Kells • Dublin Castle, City Hall • Christchurch Cathedral, Dublinia Viking Visitor Centre • St Patrick’s Cathedral, Marsh's Library • The Dublin Liberties Distillery, Teeling Whiskey Distillery • Guinness Storehouse • Pearse Lyons Distillery • Irish Museum of Modern Art • Heuston Station • Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo • Parkgate Street, Heuston Street • Collins Barracks, National Museum for Decorative Art and History • Smithfield Square, Old Jameson Distillery • Temple Bar, The Irish Rock and Roll Museum • The Writers’ Museum, The Hugh Lane Gallery, Garden of Remembrance • O’Connell Street • The GPO, Abbey Theatre • EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum • The Convention Centre Dublin, Samuel Beckett Bridge • U2 Studios, Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Grand Canal Dock • Merrion Square, Natural History Museum, The National Gallery of Ireland • National Gallery - Merrion Street Upper • St. Stephen's Green, The Little Museum of Dublin, MoLI • Mansion House and St Ann's Church - Dawson Street

Dublin: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Live Guide

2. Dublin: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Live Guide

Discover the magic of Dublin with our hop-on hop-off bus tour! With a 24,48, or 72-hour ticket, you can explore the city's top sights, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle, and St. Stephen’s Green at your own pace. Starting at Upper O'Connell Street, the Red Line has 25 stops packed full of Irish fun. Hop on and off the bus as many times as you wish within your ticket validity, and with buses passing through every 30 minutes, you can rejoin the tour when you're ready. Explore the beauty of Nassau Street and plan a visit to the National Art Gallery. Discover Merrion Square and stroll around the Georgian-style gardens before grabbing a bite to eat in Temple Bar. Don't forget to visit two of the most well-known cathedrals in Ireland - The Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick's. And if you really want to experience the Dublin lifestyle, quench your thirst with a nice, cold pint of Guinness, freshly made from the Guinness Storehouse. But that's not all! Join the optional Yellow Umbrella Walking Tour to delve into the mysteries of Dublin, visit Trinity College, and explore the vibrant city center with our charming and witty guides. For a fun evening out, take our Panoramic Night Tour where our live guide shares the fascinating tales of the city as you cruise along its illuminated streets. Hear the hidden stories and exciting history with a locals' look into Dublin's traditions, architecture, and most memorable characters. Looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a trip to the Irish countryside? Our half-day Coastal Tour is perfect! Visit scenic Howth Summit and its fishing village to explore the cliffs on a guided walking tour and stroll through the picturesque Village on your own time. Try a delicious seafood dinner caught fresh from the shores before returning home. Experience Dublin like never before, with the freedom to explore where you want, when you want!

Dublin Outdoor Escape Game: Alien Invasion

3. Dublin Outdoor Escape Game: Alien Invasion

Explore the Dublin buried beneath your feet, a Dublin of English invaders, run with an iron fist by the Catholic Church and built by the Vikings. Uncover their stories by playing a quest with your friends, significant other, or family. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won't need a map, a GPS, or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. After you book the quest, you’ll receive instructions on how to play by e-mail. The tour will take you up to two hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, so go at your own pace. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point and be ready to begin the adventure. If you are a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphones. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk. Or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the other groups. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group and meet the group at the end.

Dublin: Cruise Excursion Hop-On Hop-Off Tour & Rail Ticket

4. Dublin: Cruise Excursion Hop-On Hop-Off Tour & Rail Ticket

Have the day to spend in Dublin City on your Cruise? Make the most of your time on shore with the best value Hop-on Hop-off City Tour. Included is a free return rail ticket from your port at Dun Laoghaire to Pearse Station directly across the street from our Stop No. 8. The transfer to Dublin City takes in some of Dublin's magnificent coastal views and takes roughly 20 minutes, leaving the entire day for you to explore with your Hop-on Hop-off ticket. Hop-on Hop-off Tour The double-decker tour bus takes you around the most interesting attractions in Dublin. Stroll among the students along the cobbled paths and visit the Book of Kells at Trinity College, and stroll in the stunning Phoenix Park. • Tour starts: O'Connell Street/DoDublin HQ • Parnell Square North - Writers Museum • O'Connell Street/Abbey Street - GPO • Nassau Street - National Library of Ireland • Merrion Square West - National Gallery • Merrion Street - Leinster House & Natural History Museum • St. Stephen's Green - Little Museum & Grafton Street • Westland Row - Oscar Wilde's Birthplace • Pearse Street - Science Gallery • College Green - Trinity College & Irish Whiskey Museum • Dame Street - City Hall & Temple Bar • Cork Hill - Dublin Castle & Chester Beatty Library • Christ Church Cathedral & Dublinia • St. Patrick's Cathedral & Marshes Library • Newmarket Square - Teeling's Whiskey Distillery • St. James Gate - Guinness Storehouse • James's Street - Roe & Co & Pearse Lyons Distillery • Royal Hospital - Museum of Modern Art & Kilmainham Gaol • Heuston Rail Station • Phoenix Park - Dublin Zoo • Parkgate Street - Ryan's Victorian Bar • Collins Barracks - National Museum of History • Arran Quay - Jameson Distillery Bow Street and St. Michan's Church • The Four Courts • Bachelor's Walk - Dublin Discovered Cruise

Private Bike Tour of Dublin's Top Attractions and Nature

5. Private Bike Tour of Dublin's Top Attractions and Nature

Join a 5-Star Local Guide on an exclusive bike tour of Dublin’s highlights. Explore the historic streets of the capital in an eco-friendly way and see 3 times more sites than on a regular walking tour. Immerse yourself in Irish history and see the most prominent landmarks, hidden gems and beautiful nature spots. Discover the charms of Dublin on a bike! Book a 2-hour bike tour to see the best selected highlights of Dublin. The tour will begin with picking up your bicycle from a bike rental shop. Hop on the bike and follow your Private Guide though the city center while listening to amazing stories about important people and events that shaped Ireland. Admire the city’s Georgian architecture and many monuments, such as the popular Molly Malone Statue outside St. Andrew’s Church. You will pass the Irish Houses of Parliament and the prestigious Trinity College Campus, then head to Temple Bar to feel the lively atmosphere of the heart of Dublin’s nightlife. Other highlights include the 18th century City Hall, the magnificent Dublin Castle, and the medieval center of Dublin. You will see some of the city’s most important and beautiful places of worship, including the Christ Church Cathedral, St. Audeon's Church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Whitefriar Street Church. Another point of interest will be the spectacular greenhouse-like Stephen’s Green Shopping Center, which has everything you need and more. The tour will end at the bike rental shop. Book a 4-hour bike tour to learn more about Dublin, Irish history and culture. On this extended tour you will cycle through the Docklands, where you will find the Jeanie Johnston ship, the Great Famine Memorial, the Custom House, and the James Connolly Memorial, which commemorates one of the leaders of the Irish Republican Army. Additional sights also include the world-renowned Guinness Storehouse and St. Stephen’s Green, a green oasis with an ornamental lake and numerous sculptures. Book a 6-hour bike tour to cycle even further with your Private Guide! The 6-hour bike tour covers additional sights such as the infamous Kilmainham Gaol prison, where members of the IRA were imprisoned and executed. You will also visit the beautiful Irish National War Memorial Gardens that are adjacent to the vast Phoenix Park. It will be a very intensive tour that requires a lot of energy, so there will also be free time for a local snack (at your own expense).

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What people are saying about Kilmainham Gaol

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 667 reviews

I opened my app and found the code, but what I needed was a QR code. They said it was sent by email. Since I had made the reservation two or three weeks before, I had trouble finding any email. They very kindly took pictures of the reservation on my phone app and gave me tickets. My husband, son, and I enjoyed the whole 90-minute tour on the top of the bus on the most beautiful day with mostly blue sky. The driver was a wonderful storyteller with a calming voice. We thanked him very much on the way out, and asked him how he could talk constantly for 90 minutes and still keep his voice. He joked that when he goes home at night, he doesn't speak at all. A good laugh. Later I discovered that the email with the QR code came just the day before our tour. I've been so busy sightseeing, I haven't looked at email that much. Perhaps the driver/ticket person could know this, and tell tourists to look for an email that just came the day before.

This a fantastic way to see the city. Every one of the bus drivers was helpful and gave loads of information in the tour. I hopped on and off several times and it was a simple way of travelling without having to learn the local bus routes. I like how it goes according to the time you purchase the ticket and not the date itself. I purchased a 48 premium ticket and was able to use it a span of three days because of the timing I began on the first day. It also included a night tour.

Really enjoyed it, drivers were friendly, helpful and some were quite witty.

Took us everywhere we wanted to go without long waits for the next bus.

Informative, fun, and a good way to get around for the day