Glasnevin Cemetery Tour in Dublin
Prepare to be captivated by storytelling designed to bring history to life at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum.
Located 2.5km from the city centre, Glasnevin Cemetery is a peaceful oasis in bustling urban Dublin. The cemetery is one of monumental national importance encapsulating the history of Ireland and is the burial place of over 1.6 million people.
Knowledgeable guides take you on a journey, visiting the graves of Daniel O’Connell, Michael Collins, Charles Stewart Parnell, Elizabeth O’Farrell, Maud Gonne, and Constance Markievicz to name a few.
This tour is a "Who's Who" of Irish history and is filled with enjoyable anecdotes and wry stories that bring it to life! Hear stories of the rogues and the rebels, the famous and the infamous, the gravediggers and the grave robbers!
A visit to Glasnevin is a must, offering visitors the quintessential Dublin experience and a window into 200 years of Irish history. You will leave informed, entertained and maybe even a little enlightened.
per adult from
1 hour 30 minutes
What's included :
- Guided tour of Glasnevin Cemetery - Ireland's National Cemetery
- Professional, articulate and approachable guides
- Admission to the museum's immersive exhibits - discover more about the history of Glasnevin Cemetery
- Re-enactment of Patrick Pearse’s speech at the grave of O’ Donovan Rossa (subject to availability)
- Select discounts in the museum shop - home to a terrific collection of gift items and mementos
- Entry/Admission - Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
What's excluded :
- Private transportation
- Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery first opened in the 19th century, and went on to become the final resting place of over 1.6 million people. Step back in time and enjoy a tour of the cemetery with your knowledgeable guide. Hear of the tall tales and daring deeds of many of the country’s famous (and infamous) characters from bygone times, and remember the old adage that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction!
After meeting your guide outside the museum, visit the O'Connell Crypt, the resting place of Daniel O’Connell, one of Ireland’s most important citizens and the man responsible for a tireless campaign for Catholic emancipation in the early 19th century. See the famous O’Connell Tower, and learn how it has benefited from comprehensive restoration work in recent years.
As you walk around, learn of the many heroes of this great nation that have since passed away. Your guide might take you to the grave of Michael Collins, an Irish revolutionary whose grave still receives floral tributes today, or perhaps the resting place of Constance Markievicz, the first woman to be elected to the British House of Commons.
Every day at 2.30pm, a local actor delivers the iconic speech that Pádraig Pearse made at the funeral of Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa in August 1915 - a mere nine months before the historic Easter Rising of 1916.
Having explored the cemetery, bid your guide goodbye and head inside Glasnevin Cemetery Museum to explore independently. While viewing the exhibits, discover some of the little-known facts about the many great people now at rest within the cemetery grounds, including some of Ireland’s key literary, political and cultural figures such as Arthur Griffith, Brendan Behan and Gerard Manley Hopkins.
If you are interested in genealogy, take a look at your own family tree at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum’s Genealogy Research Center. Before leaving, your guide will have handed you a voucher, which you can use to search for your own ancestors. How long you spend inside the museum or research center is up to you. Your tour also allows you to enjoy discounts on select purchases in the museum's shop and café.
O'Connell Tower is now open to the public - you can now climb Ireland's largest round 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. Please enquire at reception for more information regarding booking and admission rates. (Tower admission can be purchased as an add-on to your tour on site)
Departure Point :Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Finglas Rd, Glasnevin, Dublin, D11 H2TH, Ireland
Return Detail :Returns to original departure point
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Patrick pearse - influencing the nation! Re-enactments of Patrick Pearse's famous speech take place at the grave of O-Donovan Rossa seasonally at 2:30pm. See website for availability.
- The O'Connell Tower is now open to the public - you can now climb Ireland's largest round tower and experience heritgage at a height! Please enquire at reception for more information regarding booking and admission rates. (Tower admission can be purchased as an add-on to your tour on site)
- Wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- Transportation is wheelchair accessible
- Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
- The museum and cemetery grounds are wheelchair accessible, with the exception of Daniel O'Connell's crypt (10 steps). An audiovisiual film is available in the museum's 'City of the Dead' exhibit which shows the interior of the ornate crypt.
- Meet the Ancestors! Glasnevin Trust's burial records, 1.5 million of them (and counting), date back to 1828 many of which are available to access anywhere at any time on our online database. Resident Genealogist, Lynn Brady MGSI is on site from 10am - 5pm, Monday - Friday. She has helped people from all corners of the globe to delve deeper into their Irish heritage.
- The Easter 1916 Rising Tours return to Glasnevin Cemetery! This Easter, Glasnevin will hold guided tours of the graves of combatants and civilians involved in, and affected by the 1916 Rising, telling the story of the dramatic events of over a century ago that shaped Ireland as we know it today. These tours will run at 3:00pm daily from Good Friday, April 10th to Easter Monday, April 13th. Visit our website for more information.
- If you have developed a taste for researching your family history or have a passion for genealogy, you do not want to miss out on Glasnevin’s next Genealogy Seminar taking place on Saturday, April 18th from 9:30am – 4:30pm. This promises to be an exciting event with a range of presentations from specialists on the day and information hubs dedicated to various records. There will be handouts and research packs full of hints and tips for you take away!
- Visit our website to learn more about the range of experiences, tours and workshops available.
- Most travelers can participate
- Visit the museum shop, home to a terrific collection of Irish crafts, jewellery, mementos, historical books, and other interesteing gift items.
- Stop for a bite to eat at the Tower Café - a popular pit stop for locals and visitors alike!
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.