Glasnevin Cemetery

Museum and Guided Tours, Finglas Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 3

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Welcome to Glasnevin! This unique location is Ireland’s largest cemetery, a grand and impressive Necropolis. 

Since 1828, more than 1.5 million people have been interred in Glasnevin - rich and famous, paupers and politicians, artists, warriors and heroes, all resting side by side in this renowned Victorian Garden Cemetery.

Established by Daniel O’Connell as a place where people of “all religions and none” could bury their dead with dignity; the cemetery has grown to become a national monument and is a vital part of the Irish Heritage story. The exhibitions show the social, historical, political and artistic development of modern Ireland through the lives of the generations buried there.

Both the award-winning museum and the guided tours chart the fascinating history of this hallowed place, telling the stories of grave diggers and grave robbers, cholera epidemics, and world wars.

Key to Glasnevin’s success is the popularity of the tour guides whose enthusiasm is compelling. Brimming with banter and charm each tour guide is passionate about sharing their love of heritage and history. No two tours are the same with each guide giving their own personal interpretation. There is inspiration around every corner and at every grave, and with one and a half million stories buried in Glasnevin, there’s no shortage of tales to tell. Visitors gain a heightened sense of understanding of Irish history, and a deeper appreciation of Glasnevin’s never forgotten residents.

Interactive exhibitions, dramatic re-enactments, lectures and daily walking tours visiting many of the renowned figures that shaped the country we live in today including Charles Stewart Parnell, Roger Casement, Eamon De Valera, Michael Collins, Constance Markievicz, Brendan Behan, Luke Kelly and Daniel O’ Connell. This is a unique opportunity to gain an understanding of Ireland’s complex and fascinating history. A visit inside Daniel O’Connell’s Celtic Romantic designed Crypt and iconic tower, the tallest in Ireland, forms part of the tour.

Trace Your Ancestors

A genealogy research area, where access to the extensive online records can be accessed is a must for those researching their ancestry. Not only have the records been digitised, but images of the original hand written entries are attached to each record. Glasnevin honours the centuries old tradition of continuing to enter all records manually into giant leather bound tomes, which are kept in temperature and humidity controlled archive rooms in the museum building, thereby preserving the past for future generations. It is this meticulous record-keeping, coupled with advances in technology, that enables you to research your family history so thoroughly.

Visit the museum shop, home to a terrific collection of Irish crafts, jewellery, mementos, historical books, and other interesting gift items or stop for a cuppa in The Tower Café - a popular pit stop for locals and visitors alike.

The world famous National Botanic Gardens adjoins the cemetery and can be accessed via pedestrian gateway. Witness the incredible collection of rare plants housed in massive conservatories, including the spectacular Palm House – combined with Glasnevin it’s now the second largest green space in Dublin with over 200 acres of mature parkland home to over 17,000 plants.

Celebrating history, heritage and culture, join this intriguing journey through Ireland’s past.

The new tour of Glasnevin Cemetery will give an alternative view of the varied heritage that Ireland’s largest cemetery holds and the history within its walls.

Visitors will learn of its sculpture, symbolism, architecture, art, sporting heroes, horticulture, natural life and much more.

They will visit the graves and hear the stories of little known figures such as;

Maria Higgins, a woman who died once yet was buried twice in Glasnevin;
An Irish chaplain who witnessed the liberation of Bergen Belsen concentration camp;
The last Irish winner of Wimbledon;
The man who cut the ribbon and opened Sydney Harbour Bridge when he wasn’t meant to;
The vault that held secrets during the Irish War of Independence;
And many more.

A tour that is for those both well acquainted with the cemetery and those who have never visited before, the secret history of Ireland’s most well-known cemetery.

Admission Rates:

Guided Tour & Museum

  • Adults €13.
  • Child/Senior/Students: €10.
  • Family (2+4): €35
  • (Includes guided tour, museum and €5 genealogy voucher)
  • Museum Only - Senior/Child/Group €4.50 / Adult €6.50


Opening Hours (open 7 days a week incl. Bank Holidays):

  • 10.00h – 17.00h Winter
  • 9.00h – 18.00h Summer

Tour Times:

  • Daily Public Tour times (additional tours at peak times) - General History Tour - 11.30h & 14:30h
  • Dead Interesting Tour - Weekends at 1pm (Jan-Feb 2017) / Daily 1pm Mar-Sept
  • Re-Enactment Tour – Daily 2.30pm


Public Transport:

  • Bus: 40 & 140 from O’Connell St.
  • Hop on Hop off: Dublin City sightseeing every 30 mins

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