Dublin’s draconian-looking lockup, built in 1796 and complete with its own hanging cell, Kilmainham Gaol has incarcerated an eclectic mix of unfortunates in god-awful conditions, from women and children accused of petty crimes through to some of the most influential figures to ever stride through Irish history – rebels, politicians, poets and nation shapers.
It was here that the British executed the leaders of the 1916 Easter Uprising, leading to the War of Independence and all manner of punch-ups ever since. No longer in service, these days – when it’s not being used as a film set (it’s starred in many movies, from The Italian Job to In the Name of the Father) – it’s a popular attraction for visitors.
Catch one of a few bus routes or a tram from central Dublin, the gaol is located only 3.5 kilometres out of the city centre.
Tearoom and refreshments on site.
Admission costs under US$5 for an adult.
It’s best to pre-book your tickets online as it’s a) a little bit cheaper and b) ensures you avoid the disappointment of missing out (and be sure to rug up if visiting during colder months!)