Kilmainham Gaol - From Hallways, Ireland
Kilmainham Gaol (also known as Kilmainham Jail) is a former prison in Kilmainham, Ireland. It is now a museum and an enduring symbol of Ireland's turbulent past. It was first established in 1796 and served as a prison until 1924. The prison was the site of important historic events, such as the execution of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising and British executions of members of the Irish Citizen Army during the Irish War of Independence. The Kilmainham Gaol Museum has become a major tourist attraction, with visitors coming to view the restored cells and other prison fixtures, such as the huge 18th-century walls, the exercise yard and the double-decker hanging cell. The museum also features historic documents and educational displays. The Kilmainham Gaol Museum is open year-round, except for Bank Holidays and select other days. Admission is free, though a fee is required for special exhibitions. Visitors are encouraged to book tickets in advance online. The museum also offers audio tour guides and a cafe.