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No trip to Dublin is complete without visiting Glasnevin Cemetery, Ireland’s grand and impressive national cemetery.
Discover Ireland’s history carved in stone.
Since 1832, 1.6 million people have been interred in Ireland's Necropolis. Located just 2.5km from Dublin's city centre Glasnevin Cemetery covers over 124 acres of glorious parkland with plenty to appreciate - perfect for those interested in exploring the legacies of Ireland's heroes.
A hauntingly gorgeous Victorian Garden cemetery each guide is passionate about sharing their love of heritage and history, telling the stories of Ireland’s complex and fascinating history through daily walking tours. Hear the stories of the rogues & rebels, the famous & infamous, the gravediggers & grave robbers or climb the 198 steps in the O'Connell Tower to stunning views of Dublin.
Glasnevin is now one of Ireland’s most popular visitor attractions and is firmly established on the list of best things to do in Dublin.
The story of modern Ireland is told through interactive exhibitions, dramatic re-enactments and daily walking tours. Visitors learn about the harsh realities of life in Dublin, hear about gravediggers and grave robbers, cholera epidemics, and world wars. Since 1832, 1.6 million people have been interred in Glasnevin.
This is a history lesson made fun and memorable by guides who know their stuff, with plenty of wit to spare. Be prepared to enjoy yourself.
- Ireland’s largest cemetery - the guardian and gatekeeper of over 1.6 million souls
- Fascinating & fun guided walking tours and re-enactments visiting the graves of the renowned figures that shaped modern Ireland
- Visit the Daniel O’Connell crypt
- See the iconic round tower, the tallest in Ireland
- Pedestrian gateway to National Botanic Gardens
Open Year Round
Monday to Friday: 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays: 10:00 - 18:00
Monday to Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
*Opening Hours are subject to change, please visit the website for up-to-date information
Glasnevin offers a range of excellent and interesting tours, well worth taking in. These include:
- A General History Tour - this original tour takes in the graves of those who shaped the course of Irish History.
- A 'Dead Interesting Tour' - this tour offers an alternative view of the varied heritage that Ireland's largest cemetery holds.
Climb the O'Connell Tower
For the first time in over 45 year you can now climb the O’Connell Tower – Ireland’s tallest round tower. As you pass through the ornate crypt of Daniel O’Connell, you begin the journey to the top of the monument built in his honour. After a comprehensive restoration programme, the staircase in the tower is now accessible, complete with an exhibition about the legendary figure himself and the fascinating history of the tower. Once at the top, you will enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of the sprawling grounds of the cemetery, the city of Dublin, Wicklow and the Irish Sea.
Tower opening hours: 10:00 - 17:00 daily subject to change
Please enquire at the museum reception for booking information and admission rates or visit the Glasnevin Cemetery Museum website: www.glasnevinmuseum.ie
Christmas: Open on Monday, December 24, 10:00 to 13:00 (11:30 General History Tour running only)
Closed: December 25 & 26 and January 1
Approx. visit duration: Guided tour takes 90 minutes. Allow extra time to enjoy the other facilities including museum.
(Please note that Glasnevin is a working cemetery).
Guide Tour and Museum
(includes guided tour and museum admission)
Senior (aged 60+): €12.00
Student (with valid ID): €12.00
Child (aged 6-15): €12.00
Child (under 5): Free
Family (2 adults & up to 4 children): €40.00
(includes self-guided O’Connell tower climb and museum admission)
Senior (aged 60+): €6.50
Student (with valid ID): €6.50
Child (aged 6-15): €6.50
Child (under 5): Free
Family (2 adults & up to 4 children): €27.00
(includes guided tour, self-guided O’Connell tower climb and museum admission)
Senior (aged 60+): €17.00
Student (with valid ID): €17.00
Child (aged 6-15): €17.00
Child (under 5): Free
Family (2 adults & up to 4 children): €50.00
Other Useful Information
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Dublin, now has a new self-guided audio guide. It is available in French, German, Spanish, Irish & English.
DINING / REFRESHMENTS
The Tower Café serves light lunches, snacks, cakes & hot drinks. Full licence.
Gift shop selling Irish literature, Arts & Crafts Books / Media, Gifts Collectables, Irish Craft Stationery and lots more.
Paid car parking adjacent to the attraction. Free coach parking on-site.
The Glasnevin Cemetery Museum is fully wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets. The O'Connell Crypt is not accessible as it has approximately 10 steps.
ACCOLADES & AWARDS
- Winners of TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice award 2018, and TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame award having received the Certificate of Excellence every year for the past 5 years, Glasnevin Cemetery Museum is Ireland’s must see attraction!
- Winner Best Cultural Experience in Ireland at Irish Tourism Industry Awards 2015
- Documentary One Million Dubliners won Best Film at Galway Film Fleadh, 2014; Best Documentary Irish Times 2014, and Boston Film Festival 2014
- Internationally renowned Thea Award for outstanding achievement in 2011
- Best International Museum at the Museum and Heritage Awards in London, 2011
Located 2.5km from Dublin city centre, Glasnevin is accessible from the River Liffey on the R108 (at the Four Courts/Brazen Head pub bridge). Continue straight along this road and after Phibsboro Village, cemetery is on right-hand side.
From the airport:
Take the Finglas exit 5 (2 junctions from airport) off the M50 and travel towards city for 3km. Glasnevin will be on the left.
If you have a group enquiry for 10 or more people, you can contact us here.