Glasnevin Cemetery Museum & Tours

  • General History Combination Tickets

    You can now enjoy our renowned General History tour which takes in the graves and stories of those who shaped Ireland’s history and a climb up the iconic O’Connell Tower in a single outing with our new combi ticket.

1 R135, Botanic, Dublin, Ireland
Monday to Friday: 10:00 - 17:00 | Saturdays, Sundays & Bank Holidays: 10:00-18:00 | Extended Summer Hours
Adult - EUR 14.50 Child - EUR 12.00 Family - EUR 40.00
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Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, both the guardian and storyteller for over 1.6 million people. From the ordinary to the truly extraordinary, these people helped shape the Ireland of today.


Glasnevin Museum is the world's first cemetery museum. Visitors can explore the history and the lives of more than 1.6 million people that are buried here.

Current exhibitions at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum include:

  • Ireland and the Great Flu 1918-19: explore the story of the great flu from an international, national and regional perspective through the unique prism of Glasnevin Cemetery.
  • City of the Dead:  history of the cemetery, Glasnevin Trust and even a reconstructed exhibition of how a grave robber conducted his grim business.
  • Interactive Timeline: get a glimpse of Glasnevin past and present.

Your ticket includes a visit to the exhibitions in Glasnevin Cemetery Museum for any time on your chosen day.

Guided Tour

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After or before visiting our museum, join our famous tours taking place daily.

Led by a team of experienced guides, our tours gives a valuable insight into this unique Victorian burial place and into the final resting place of the men and women who have helped shape Ireland's past and present.   

After or before visiting our museum, join our famous tours taking place daily.

General History

Our original tour takes in the graves of those who shaped the course of Irish History.

The now famous speech delivered by Patrick Pearse at the grave of Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa on 1st August, 1915, is re-enacted daily at 2.30pm by an actor dressed as Pearse in full uniform as part of our General History Tour.

Dead Interesting Tour

This tour takes in an alternative view of the varied heritage that Ireland's largest cemetery holds.

The Tower

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Visitors to Glasnevin Cemetery can now climb the iconic O'Connell Tower for the first time in over 45 years.

The tower was built to commemorate the life of one of Ireland's greatest political figures, Daniel O'Connell. It took hundreds of skilled tradesmen and labourers 16 months to complete but in 1971 a disaster struck when a large bomb comprising of 10lbs of gelignite, exploded at the base of the tower.

In 2016 work began with the reinstatement of the staircase that once graced the tower. Its completion was an achievement in its own right using the original plans and traditional methods employed by the carpenters and skilled tradesmen who first constructed it.

The Tower offers breathtaking views to the north, south, east and west across all of Dublin, Meath, Wicklow and the Irish Sea.

Women's Tours

Glasnevin's popular Women's Tours will be returning at 2pm on the last Sunday of every month from June - November 2019. On this tour, hear the stories of some of the following incredible women: Maud Gonne Mac Bride, Delia Larkin, Charlotte Despard, Madeline ffrench Mullen, Jennie Wyse Power, Elizabeth O’Farrell, Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington and Constance Markievicz.

These tours will run at 2:00pm on the following dates:

Sunday, June 30th

Sunday, July 28th

Sunday, August 25th

Sunday, September 29th

Sunday, October 27th

Sunday, November 24th


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Glasnevin Cemetery Museum offers exciting and engaging education programmes that link closely with curriculum and can be adapted to suit your students' needs.

Students gain a deeper understanding of  the men and women who shaped modern Ireland

Our aim is to capture the imagination and send your class away inspired!

Options include:

  • Guided History Tour
  • WW1 Tour with Handling Session
  • Geography Tour
  • Transition Year Tour Guiding Programme
  • Transition Year Genealogy Workshop

We also offer the option to combine your tour with Aviva Stadium, GPO Witness History, Croke Park, Viking Splash, Awesome Walls or EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum.

If you would like to enquire about a school visit please email or call 01 882 6570 to discuss your requirements.


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Due to the meticulous record keeping of Glasnevin Trust since 1828, we can help you find your relatives, family history or discover more about the stories of the people buried in Glasnevin Trust Cemeteries.

With over 1.6 million internement records, you can explore your family history and reveal stories from your family past.

We have a dedicated member of staff Lynn Brady, for our Genealogy Research, who was also closely involved in the register digitization of our records prior to launching our Online Genealogy.

Lynn's in depth knowledge of our records could provide you with the last piece of the puzzle allowing you complete your own genealogy journey!

The Tower Cafe

The Tower Café has been in operation since the opening of the museum in 2010 and has been run by With Taste catering ever since.

Constantly evolving and revamping our menus to adjust to new food trends we pride ourselves in using fresh wholesome ingredients. All our freshly made cakes, scones, salads and artisan sandwiches are prepared on a daily basis and what better way to end a visit to the museum with a fresh bite to eat.

Great food is nothing without good service. We take pride in customer service and strive to deliver the best.


Glasnevin Cemetery Museum & Tours
2 years ago

The popular Women's tours are back in Glasnevin Cemetery!

Last Sunday of every month at 2:00pm (June-November)

We will be hosting tours which focus on the legendary women who played a pivotal role in shaping Irish culture and history to whom Glasnevin is home to.

On this tour, you will hear the stories of some of the following incredible women:

Maud Gonne Mac Bride – Maud Gonne joined the IRB (Irish Republican Brotherhood) and founded a women’s republican movement – Inghindhe na hÉireann (Daughters of Ireland). She organised relief during the War of Independence and assisted republican prisoners and their dependants during the Civil War. She was imprisoned in 1923 and released after going on hunger strike. In 1938, she published an account of her early life, A Servant of the Queen. She died in Dublin in 1953.

Delia Larkin – Delia was the younger sister of the famed Trade Union leader, James Larkin. She played a pivotal role in the development of the Irish Women’s Workers’ Union, and during her lifetime she worked hard to earn equal pay and the right to vote for women. During the 1913 lockout she took charge of Liberty Hall and arranged for 3,000 children to be fed every morning. After the lockout, many women were not reinstated in their jobs. Larkin turned them into a theatrical troupe and went with them on a tour around Europe.

Charlotte Despard – Despard was born in Kent in 1844. In 1910, she moved to Ireland. She met Ghandi the year before and was impressed with his theory of passive resistance. Despard founded the Women’s Franchise League with Hanna Sheehy Skeffington. She also encouraged suffragettes to boycott the 1911 census. She supported the workers during the lockout of 1913. In 1914 when war broke out, she refused to become involved in the arms recruitment campaign. Ironically her brother was Chief of Staff of the British Army. During the 1920s when her brother was Lord Lieutenant, she joined Sinn Féin. She joined Hanna Sheehy Skeffington on a tour of the Soviet Union in 1930 and was inspired to become a communist after that. She died in 1939.

Madeline ffrench Mullen – Madeline was born in Malta, her father was a Fleet surgeon in the Royal Navy. She came to Ireland after her father retired. She was a member of Inghinidhe na hEireann (Daughters of Ireland). She wrote for the organisation’s newspapers Bean na hEireann. She played an active part in the campaign to provide school dinners for children. During the lockout of 1913, she worked at the soup kitchen in Liberty Hall. She also joined Cumann na mBan and the Irish Citizen Army. During the Easter Rising, she was part of the St Stephen’s Green/Royal College of Surgeons Garrison.

Jennie Wyse Power – In the 1880s, she joined the Ladies Land League and found herself immersed in their activities during the Land War. She helped set up the Irish Women’s Franchise League and was also a founding member of Inghinidhe na hÉireann and Sinn Féin becoming Vice-President of both organisations. She was later on the Provisional Committee that set up Cumann na mBan. In October 1914, she was elected the first President of Cumann na mBan. The 1916 Proclamation was signed in her home at 21 Henry Street, Dublin. She was subsequently elected as one of five women members onto Dublin Corporation in 1920 for the Inns Quay – Rotunda District. Cumann na Saoirse (The League of Freedom), the pro-Treaty women’s organisation and became its Vice President. She was a Free State Senator from 1922 until 1936 and was also a member of Cumann na nGaedhal.

Elizabeth O’Farrell – O’Farrell was a member of both Inghinidhe na hEireann and Cumann na mBan. She played a key role in the Easter Rising. She had the difficult task of delivering the news to British forces that the rebels were surrendering. After a short period of imprisonment, O’Farrell was released. She worked as a midwife in the National Maternity Hospital and remained an ardent republican for the rest of her life.

Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington - Sheehy Skeffington was a tireless campaigner for women’s rights amongst many other things. She lived and incredible and fascinating life by anyone’s standards much less a woman of her time in Ireland. She was one of the first women to graduate from an Irish university. She was well-versed in domestic and international affairs as well as being as very talented orator. Her efforts to advance the rights of women saw her incarcerated a number of times throughout her life. She was also an avid supporter of Irish independence, raising awareness and funding for the cause. Although she initially she rejected the Anglo-Irish treaty, in 1937, she objected to the place of women in de Valera’s constitution. She actively stood up for workers and women’s rights until her death in 1946.

Glasnevin Cemetery Museum & Tours
2 years ago

Mid Term Tales returns to Glasnevin Cemetery this October!

Back for October 2019 - Mid Term Tales

Dates and Times

Saturday, October 26th, 3:30pm

Sunday, October 27th, 12:30pm & 3:30pm

Bank Holiday Monday, October 28th, 12:30pm & 3:30pm

Thursday (Halloween), October 31st, 3:30pm

Some highlights include:

Fr. Browne and the Titanic - the man who captured rare photographs of the famous ship
Grave-robbing - Why does Glasnevin Cemetery have such high walls and watch towers?
Yew Trees - there is more to them than you think!
William Fogarty's pesky parrot
Maria Higgins the only person in the cemetery who was buried twice

The history of Glasnevin Cemetery will be brought to life with this family friendly tour.

Please note you are requested to arrive at the Museum Reception at least 15 minutes before the start of your Tour.


All children must be accompanied by an adult.

These tours are for families so all adults attending must be a parent or guardian.


1 reviews for Glasnevin Cemetery Museum & Tours

admin 5 / 5
From Ireland

Entertaining tours for families with stories about grave-robbing, yew trees that can poison, vaults and crypts and strange characters from Dublin’s past. Great YourDaysOut special discount for mid-term '19.

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