Kilmainham Jail (Dublin County) Reviews
Newest Review: ... in the jail but we were told that the stories about how many hangings had taken place over the years were very much exaggerated. Babies were left in the jail and the women were treated more harshly than the men - the men at least had some form of bed, the women slept on the floor. Debt was considered a major crime in Ireland and during the Great Famine many people ended their days in prison. ... more
Customer Kilmainham Jail (Dublin County) Reviews (6)
by - written on 10/04/13, updated on 10/04/13 (Very useful, 66 readings)
When we first booked to visit Dublin I was delighted that we would be able to go and visit their Parliament but also looked forward to some of the places that were part of the lives of Oscar Wilde and W B Yeats. One place I had not considered was Kilmainham Jail although when it was suggested I agreed to go. I knew a little about the 1916 Easter Uprising but learned much more while we were there. The jail is a couple of miles outside Dublin city centre and it was here that many of the Irish rebels were incarcerated including Eamon de Valera. He was the last person to leave and this was in 1924. The first part was built in 1789 and the final wing added in ... Read the complete review
by - written on 22/08/12, updated on 23/08/12 (Very useful, 20 readings)
Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin is one of the first 'modern' prisions in history, and is situated in the west of the city, athough when it was originally built, it was positioned in the countryside, away from the local population. When you visit many of the more historic sites around Dublin, the story of independence, and the Easter rising is never far away, but there are few places that bring that story to you in such a moving way as it does here. As with many of the tourist attractions in Dublin, there is no real parking near by, I would recommend getting on of the regular busses that pass by, otherwise it is probably a 15-20 min walk from Heuston ... Read the complete review
by - written on 10/03/11 (Very useful, 132 readings)
The tour guide at Kilmainham Gaol reminded us that this was an historic site of national importance, both in terms of the building and prison reform, and in terms of the people who were imprisoned here. She was right, it was a haunting building, with haunting stories, and as I went round, the combination of the two certainly had an effect. The prison is in Dublin and was built when the British ran Ireland, in 1789, to replace an older prison which was located very nearby. It is a large imposing building, with much of the mid nineteenth structure which was added being built to show the new liberal attitudes in Victorian prisons, that of reform and getting away ... Read the complete review
by - written on 02/02/09 (Very useful, 125 readings)
Kilmainham Gaol is one of the most remarkable "tourist attractions" in Ireland - and possibly even in the world. Most of us will never get the opportunity to see inside a prison and experience the conditions of a Victorian facility like this one, and the stories and fascinating characters which inhabited these walls are something which should not be missed. Kilmainham Gaol is one of the largest uninhabited jails in Europe. It was opened in 1796 as one of the 'new jails' which opened following social research into prison reform. Previously to this date criminals were held in large rooms all together and each facility just became a school for crime. ... Read the complete review
by logcabiny - written on 22/10/06
Absolutely a DO NOT MISS site when visiting Dublin. We learned and experienced Irish history here more than any other single place in Dublin. Add to that the story of the restoration of the jail and you have a real hit!
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