Travel Writing by Cory Hanson

Kilmainham Gaol Opens New Expansion


One of my highest-rated Dublin attractions, Kilmainham Gaol, has been in the throes of a massive renovation, restoration, and expansion project for more than a year. To recognize the Centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, the Office of Public Works (OPW) worked to expand and enhance the new tourist experience, restoring the famous East Wing (pictured) and adding the neighboring, long-defunct courthouse to this already comprehensive museum.

On March 30th, 2016, as part of the Easter Weekend celebrations, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins officially opened the new visitor experience at the gaol, wrapping up a meaningful weekend for the people of Ireland.

Kilmainham Gaol East Wing

Kilmainham Gaol East Wing

With this new expansion, demand for the gaol looks to be greater than ever (increased guest capacity was part of the original motivation for the expansion), and OPW has launched with the new museum a new website with a virtual tour, more historical and interpretive information, and—finally—online ticket booking to cut down on the long lines that so plagued the museum during the busy summer season. Expanded opening hours will also help meet the ever-growing demand of the record-breaking tourist numbers projected to come through Dublin Airport in 2016.

Look for more about the expanded experience here on Five Suitcases and in my book, The Frugal Guide: Dublin soon!

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