Kilmainham Gaol

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

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Dublin: Live Guided Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

1. Dublin: Live Guided Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Explore Dublin at your own pace aboard a spacious open-top bus with this hop-on hop-off tour. Chose a 1, 2, or 3-day ticket and see top sights like St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle, and St Stephen’s Green. Begin your journey on the Red Line at the first bus stop, located on Upper O'Connell Street. The Red Line has 25 stops, so your journey will be packed full of Irish fun. You can hop on and off the bus at any designated Big Bus stops, as many times as you wish within your ticket validity. With buses passing through every 30 minutes, rejoin the tour when you’re ready. Hop off and explore the beauty of Nassau Street, then plan a visit to the National Art Gallery. Discover Merrion Square, where you can stroll around the Georgian-style gardens, then grab a bite to eat in Temple Bar. Visit two of the most well-known cathedrals in Ireland, The Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick's. 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 After seeing all the sights on the bus, join the Yellow Umbrella Walking Tour. Delve into the mysteries of Dublin, visit Trinity College, and explore the vibrant city center with charming and witty guides. Premium and Deluxe tickets include a 1-hour panoramic Dublin Night Tour. Enjoy an exciting evening tour of the city as the live guide shares fascinating facts and stories. Learn fascinating insights into Dublin's history, architecture, and memorable characters. With the Deluxe ticket, enjoy a half-day Coastal Tour to scenic Howth Summit and its fishing village. Head to Howth from Dublin, explore the cliffs of Howth on a guided walking tour, and stroll through the picturesque Howth Village in your own time. Enjoy a delicious plate of seafood before returning. Tour the streets of Dublin on this hop-on-hop-off, hop-off bus sightseeing tour and walking tour combination. Explore Dublin with the freedom to explore where you want, when you want.

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

2. 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 or 48 hours. Learn about the history and heritage of Dublin from on-board audio commentary. During the summer months, the tour will be conducted by a live English-speaking guide on every other bus. 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 • Dublin Castle • Christchurch Cathedral • St Patrick’s Cathedral • The Dublin Liberties Distillery • Guinness Storehouse • Pearse Lyons Distillery • Irish Museum of Modern Art • Kilmainham Gaol • Heuston Station • Phoenix Park • Parkgate Street • Collins Barracks • Smithfield Square • Temple Bar • The Writers’ Museum • O’Connell Street • The GPO • EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum • The Convention Centre Dublin • U2 Studios • Ballsbridge  • RDS Main Hall  • Simmonscourt  • Morehampton Road  • Leeson Street Upper • Merrion Square • Merrion Street • St Stephen’s Green • Dawson Street

Dublin: The 7 Wonders of the City Exploration Game

3. Dublin: The 7 Wonders of the City Exploration Game

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 your access code by email to be used in the app. 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: 3-Hour Irish Revolution Walking Tour 1913-1923

4. Dublin: 3-Hour Irish Revolution Walking Tour 1913-1923

Join this walking tour to chart the revolutionary period of 1913-1923, a decade of division, and war, that created the independent Irish state and partitioned the island of Ireland.  The tour begins in the heart of Trinity College Dublin, founded in 1592 A.D. by Queen Elizabeth I. Discover how in 1913, Ireland was a constituent part of the UK and by 1923, an independent Irish Free State had emerged from the shadow of Civil War.  Continue to outside Liberty Hall, where the rebellion of 1916 began at 12 noon on 24th April, as the involvement of the labor movement under James Connolly is explained by your guide.  After a brief stop at the Abbey Theatre to discuss the cultural context of the Gaelic Revival and W.B. Yeats, arrive in front of the General Post Office, the headquarters of the Easter Rising, a pivotal moment for Irish independence.  Travel across the city, making stops at Ha’Penny Bridge and Eagle Tavern, before arriving at Dublin City Hall. In the grounds of Dublin Castle, learn how Michael Collins waged a campaign against the Special Branch of the Royal Irish Constabulary and British Military Intelligence.  Your last stop is the Four Courts by the River Liffey. Here your guide will tell you about the Irish Civil War of 1922-23. The republican movement that had been so successful split over the issue of the Treaty and two sides came to blows which started an 11-month civil war.

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What people are saying about Kilmainham Gaol

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4.3 / 5

based on 487 reviews

The online booking worked well. I found the closest pick-up point quite easily. The bus was clean and well maintained and the driver was excellent. I particularly appreciated his personable approach to ticket issuing and to people in general but his commentary, jokes and quotes added significant value to the experience. The bus route allowed me to get a great overview of and orientation of the city for later exploration.

Great tour! We first did the whole tour and then used the bus as a means of transport! Top and only to be recommended! Super friendly bus driver!

Bus every 20 mins. Great local knowledge and entertainment

very well informed, the diver guide was very good .

Karl is an amazing guide. We had a nice experience!