[Update: The Kilmainham Gaol renovation project is now complete and the new experience is open to the public. More about the April 2016 opening here.]
Well, this is a bit embarrassing! I was recently made aware of a major construction project at one of my favorite Dublin historical and cultural attractions. Kilmainham Gaol is in the process of restoring the neighboring courthouse and making it part of the visitor experience.
I heard about these plans last year, but didn’t know about the construction project until I spoke to someone who had recently visited the gaol. They had paid a discounted admission for a somewhat abridged tour. I scrambled to the computer to find out more so that the book could be updated with this important information.
For the rest of 2015, parts of the gaol may be blocked off or closed. Currently, the famous East Wing (the big cell block used to shoot movies, television shows, and U2 videos) is closed to visitors. It’s difficult to hear that tourists can’t visit one of Ireland’s most famous rooms, but at least they have a few euros knocked off the admission price.
The good news (besides the reduced admission price for disrupted tours) is that the managers do not currently anticipate any closings or tour cancellations as works continue. Eventually, the museum exhibits may be closed as the gaol is connected to the courthouse, but tours are planned to continue every day. Visitors are encouraged to check the Kilmainham Gaol website before visiting to confirm tour availability.
Meanwhile, The Frugal Guide: Dublin has been edited to reflect this work, and includes a few more bits and tweaks. In the foreword, I encourage anyone with the book to double check the book’s website for the latest revision date. This way, no one comes to Dublin with a slightly out-of-date version of the book.
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