The striking, ancient fir trees at Glasnevin, looking towards the award-winning museum
As winners of Tripadvisor’s Traveller’s choice award in 2013, and listed as one of Dublin’s top 3 attractions, Glasnevin Museum proudly tells the story of modern Ireland through interactive exhibitions and engaging cemetery tours and delivered by personable, well informed guides affording visitors a heightened sense of understanding, and a deeper appreciation of its never forgotten residents.
Known locally as “The Dead Centre of Dublin”- Ireland’s largest Cemetery where the social, political and historical timeline of this great city is carved in stone. Irish icons like Collins, de Valera, Parnell, ‘Big Jim’ Larkin, Countess Markievicz, Brendan Behan and Luke Kelly rest peacefully in this original 1830’s Victorian garden cemetery. Linked via gateway to the Botanic Gardens and voted number 1 attraction in Dublin (2013, Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Award), there are over 17,000 plants and 200 acres of beautiful parkland to enjoy. Key to Glasnevin’s success is the popularity of the tour guides whose enthusiasm is compelling. With one and a half million stories buried in Glasnevin there’s no shortage of tales to tell.
Learn about the harsh realities of life in Dublin, eavesdrop on the stories of former gravediggers, touch the casket of Daniel O’Connell, or simply ponder the fascinating lives of those who walked these streets before us.
Construction is underway to rebuild the winding wooden staircase that once ran up the centre the 168ft O’Connell tower monument in Glasnevin cemetery the tallest of its kind in Ireland. Visitors to the top will witness spectacular views of Dublin.
There are over 1.5 million people buried in Glasnevin Cemetery. Delving into this rich resource Glasnevin captivates the curious through special events, tours, re-enactments, orations, lectures, festivals, commemorations, exhibitions, poetry readings, bringing legend to life in dramatic fashion.
A visit to Glasnevin is a must for anyone interested in the rich cultural texture of Dublin.
Celebrating history, heritage and culture, join this intriguing journey through Ireland’s past.
Did you know?
- There are over 1.5 million people buried in Glasnevin’s Victorian Garden Cemetery
- The Daniel O’Connell round Tower monument is the tallest of its kind in Ireland
- A guided tour of the cemetery includes a visit to Daniel O’Connell’s crypt
- Glasnevin is home to the largest collection of Celtic crosses in the world
- Glasnevin won the 2013 Tripadvisor Travellers Choice Award and is consistently listed in the top three of best attractions in Dublin
- A pedestrian gateway between the world famous National Botanic Gardens and the Cemetery is open making it the second largest green space in Dublin with over 200 acres of mature parkland, and home to the largest collection of protected structures in the State.
- City Sightseeing Bus tours now provide a hop on hop off bus service from the city centre.
- Guided tours all year with additional summer times, re-enactments, and special events – see website
- A genealogy voucher worth €5.00 with every ticket. Search your family tree, all records online.
- Private and public tours available daily, special interest and educational groups welcome. Catering for ad hoc groups, private & public tours and serving breakfast, lunch & snacks throughout the day.
- Shop and café – Browse the terrific collection of Irish crafts, jewellery, mementos, historical books, and other interesting gift items in the museum shop.
Address: Glasnevin Cemetery, Finglas Road, Dublin 11
Tel: 353 1-8826550
Open daily with two tours per day plus additional tours at 1 pm June – Sept & flexible times for pre-booked groups
Booking contact: Carolyn Kelly
Sales Manager: Ann Kilcoyne
Average Tour time: 1 hour
Guided Tours: Max 40 – 50, Languages: English, Irish, French, German.
A range of tailor made tours available
Car and coach Parking: On site and street parking available
Public Transport: Bus no’s 40 & 140 from O’Connell St direct to door.
Hop-on-Hop-off Dublin City Sightseeing bus (blue route) from city centre/Guinness Storehouse
-SatNav: Latitude/Longitude : 53.36981,-6.277098
-Opening Times: Open 7 days:
Mon – Fri 10am to 5pm
Sat/Sun/Bank Holiday: 11am to 5pm
Tour times: 11.30, & 2.30 all year with extra 1pm tour, June – Sept)
Re-enactments daily at 2pm, April – Oct.
Tours include visit to Daniel O’Connell’s Crypt.
-Admission Rates (Includes guided tour, museum entrance, and €5.00 genealogy voucher)
Family (2+2): €25.00
The Tower Café: Serves lunches and snacks throughout the day.
Museum Shop: There is a shop located at the entrance to the museum offering a wide range of Irish history books & literature, arts, crafts and gifts.
Parking details: There is on street and private parking within the grounds of the Cemetery
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Free Wifi in seated café area.