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Built in 1814, Richmond Barracks was one of Dublin’s largest British Army barracks. It was here that over 3,000 of the men and women involved in the 1916 Easter Rising were held following the surrender.
In addition to six of the seven signatories of the Proclamation and seven others later executed at Kilmainham Gaol, other notable Irish people held in the gymnasium include: Eamon De Valera, Countess Markievicz, Michael Collins, Arthur Griffith, William T. Cosgrave, Eoin MacNeill, Thomas Ashe, Noel Lemass and Sean T. O’Kelly.
The Barracks includes a restored early 20th century classroom, with authentic features and original school registers dating from 1895.
With audio visuals and interactive screens you can discover the history of Richmond Barracks, the social history of St Michael’s Estate and St Michael’s CBS.
- The Soldiers Gymnasium: Soak up the atmosphere in the building that served as a temporary prison for the Leaders of 1916 Rising Here, they were identified and later deported to prisoncamps throughout Britain or court-martialled in the Officer’s Block.
- 77 Women of Richmond Barracks: Following the 1916 Rising, 77 women were arrested and held in the Married Quarters of the barracks. Learn about their history and view the celebrated quilt made in their memory.
- Social History: The rooms and exhibitions tell the stories of these forgotten buildings and streets, vividly illustrated through personal and community archives.
- Goldenbridge Cemetery a wonderful part of the tours: Founded by Daniel O’Connell in 1829, Goldenbridge Cemetery was the first non-denominational and Garden Cemetery in Ireland.
Open year round
Monday – Friday: 10:00 – 16:00. Daily guided tours at 11:00 and 14:00
Saturdays: Access only on pre-booked tour at 11:00 (minimum 6 persons)
Bank Holidays: Access only on pre-booked tour at 11:00 (minimum 6 persons)
Closed for lunch between 12:45 and 13:45 Monday to Friday. Latest admission for self guided tours prior to lunch is 12 noon. The Mess Cafe is open during these times.
Note: It is always advisable to check their websites as times subject to change due to private event hire.
Closed: December 22, 2018 to January 1, 2019 (inclusive)
Last admission: one hour before closing.
Approx. visit duration: 90 minutes.
Goldenbridge Cemetery Guide Tour is subject to weather conditions
Senior (aged 65+): €5.00
Student (with valid ID): €5.00
Child (aged 6-15): €5.00
Child (aged 0-5): Free
Family (2 adults & 3 children): €17.00
Senior (aged 65+): €3.00
Student (with valid ID): €3.00
Child (aged 6-15): €3.00
Child (aged 0-5): Free
Family (2 adults & 3 children): €15.00
"Passport for Leisure" Holders Rate: 2 for 1
Other Useful Information
Brochures available in English. Guided Tours can be arranged in Irish, English and French. Pre-booking essential.
DINING / REFRESHMENTS
'The Mess' café serves a range of snacks including sandwiches, wraps, baps, quiche, homemade soups, selection of cakes and hot and cold drinks. The Mess is open 10:00 to 16:00. Capacity for 40 to 50 people. Group catering available by pre-booking.
Literature relating to the Barracks and the local area is available to purchase from reception.
Car and coach parking on-site.
Fully wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets.
Assistance / Guide dogs are permitted.
Group rates available (minimum 6 people). Pre-booking required.
ACCOLADES & AWARDS
- Public Sector Awards, Excellence in Business, Community Engagement, First Prize 2016
- Irish Architectural Awards Highly Commended for Conservation and Restoration of Richmond Barracks 2017
- Irish Georgian Society Conservation Award – Highly Commended: Richmond Barracks 2017
Behind St Michael’s Church, Inchicore. 20 minute walk from Heuston Station. 5 minutes from Goldenbridge/Drimnagh Luas Stop (Red Line).Richmond Barracks Nearby Attractions