Over 1.5 million people are at rest in the moving Glasnevin Cemetery. Take a General History tour and travel deep into Dublin's past, 100 years after the Easter Rising. Or visit the graves of Irish heroes and learn the meaning of the cemetery's symbolism and architecture on the Dead Interesting tour.
Choose one of these hot, historical tours, add in a trip to the museum and it's clear that to leave Dublin without visiting Glasnevin would be a grave mistake. (Sorry).
This brand new tour of Glasnevin Cemetery promises a grand overview of the cemetery's varied sculpture, symbolism and architecture. Learn which sporting heroes rest here, hear about the horticulture and natural life that thrives among the dead, and pass the vault that was pivotal in the Irish War of Independence!
Let your guide regale the tales of colorful souls who shaped Irish history. Ulster Covenant, The First World War, The Easter Rising and The War of Independence will all be unearthed and dissected via enjoyable historical anecdotes. Plus, see the graves of Irish heroes including Eamon DeValera, Michael Collins, Countess Markievicz and more.
Step inside this award-winning museum; the world's first cemetery museum, no less. Exhibitions cover the cemetery history, funeral monuments and there's even an impressive touchscreen table containing 200 life stories of important Irish figures, spanning almost 200 years.
For the first time in over 45 years, you can climb the O'Connell Tower – Ireland's tallest round tower. 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'll enjoy panoramic views across the sprawling cemetery grounds, with the cities of Dublin and Wicklow, and the Irish Sea as a backdrop.
Visit the Gravediggers pub around the corner for a drink or a bowl of coddle.
Terms & Conditions for the O'Connell Tower:
Show your smartphone ticket at the cash desk. The entrance to the museum is on the right, tours will also leave from there.