Glasnevin Museum and Tours
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum offers exciting and engaging education programmes for students of all ages.
Students can learn about the events and personalities which shaped the course of Irish history 100 years ago through the guided tours of the cemetery, interactive exhibits and preparatory work packs - all of which are complement specific elements of the curriculum.
Historic Tours for Primary and Secondary Schools
Here students can explore the social and political history of 19th and 20th century Ireland. Visit the graves of Daniel O’Connell, Michael Collins, Charles Stewart Parnell,James Larkin and Countess Markievicz, plus many more. Work packs are sent ahead of your visit to help students prepare.
Transition Year Tour Guiding Programme
This one of a kind Transition Year Tour Guiding programme is designed to give students an experience of the real life world of tour guiding, the tourism industry and customer service. During this two part programme, students get to develop skills in research and public speaking while also building self-confidence.
A certificate of completion is presented to all students in the Tour Guiding Programme. This programme was featured on RTE’s documentary ‘The Family Project’ in 2014.
General History Tour
Interactive exhibitions, dramatic re-enactments and daily walking tours. Visit many of the renowned figures that shaped Ireland including Charles Stewart Parnell, Eamon De Valera, Roger Casement, Constance Markievicz, Michael Collins, Brendan Behan, Luke Kelly and Daniel O'Connell. This is a unique opportunity to learn about Ireland's complex and fascinating history. Take a visit inside Daniel O'Connell's Celtic Romantic designed Crypt and iconic tower, the tallest in Ireland, forms part of the tour.
Dead Interesting Tour
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.
You will learn of its sculpture, symbolism, architecture, art, sporting heroes, horticulture, natural life plus much more.
You 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.
O’ Connell Tower
Visitors can now climb the O’Connell Tower – Ireland’s tallest round tower for the first time in over 45 years. As you pass through the ornate crypt of Daniel O’Connell, you begin the journey to the top of the monument built in his honour.
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 will enjoy 360 degree panoramic views of the sprawling grounds of the cemetery, the city of Dublin, Wicklow and the Irish Sea.
Please note, age restrictions apply – see website for more details.
Opening Times and Tours
Please check the website for opening hours/tour times before your visit as these may be susceptible to change.
• Summer time (April – September)
10am to 6pm
• Winter time (October – March)
10am to 5pm
• General History Tour
Daily at 11:30 and 14:30
Additional 15:30 tour on the weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays from Easter weekend to October Bank Holiday Monday.
Hourly tours* (10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, and 15:30) commence from 29th June and end on September 1st 2019
*additional summer tours
Dead Interesting Tour
13:00 on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.
• Tower Opening Times
Currently the Tower is open to visitors between 10:00 - 5:00 PM. We advise that you arrive at the museum reception at least 15 minutes before the start of your tour. Please note tour duration is at least 30 minutes.
1st January – Closed
24th December – Museum closes at 1:00pm
25th December – Closed
26th December – Closed
• Padraig Pearse Re-enactment
(see website for more details on times)
In the event of updates or changes please refer to the website at all times.
Glasnevin Museum and Tours Admission Prices
• Adult: €13.50
• Concession – senior/child/group: €10.20
• Family: €36 – 2 adults and 4 children
• School Groups: €6.50 per student/pupil
• Booking essential for private groups of 15+
Upcoming Events – May & June
DRAWING DAY DEAD INTERESTING TOUR
Saturday, 18th May @ 1:00pm
On National drawing Day, Glasnevin will run a special Dead Interesting tour focusing on the architecture and ornate monuments in the cemetery. There will be plenty on offer to sketch or photograph as you wander through Ireland's largest cemetery with your guide.
All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the book, 'Glasnevin Celtic Crosses - A Selection', by Peter Harbison. Tickets from €10.20
Friday, 24th May @12:00pm – 1:30pm
In conjunction with Bealtaine, Glasnevin will run a specialist tour this May. Be introduced to a unique chapter of history.
• The origins of Glasnevin
• Ireland’s ‘Liberator’
• Irish Jesuit Fr. Michael Morrison, who in 1945, was among the first troops to liberate Bergen-Belsen concentration camp
• ‘Gather round poor Zozimus’ and hear the tale of this Dublin poet, rhymer and reciter
• Visit the grave of James Joyce’s parents and find out about the many connections between Glasnevin and Joyce’s Ulysses
Entry is free however booking is essential.
Saturday, May 25th @ 2:00pm
Do you want to get started on your family tree but don’t have a clue where to begin? Are you in the process of piecing the history of your ancestors together and need a little guidance on some best practice?
Glasnevin are in possession of 1.6 million burial records belonging to every person who has been buried here since 1832. Lynn Brady, our resident genealogist will host this workshop where you will learn how to assess the Glasnevin Trust records and how they can help you with your own research.
In this workshop, you will also learn about details to watch out for in the various records that you won’t find on the internet, the kind of knowledge that only a seasoned genealogist such as Lynn can depart!
Your ticket includes:
• A genealogy resource pack
• A guide to the Glasnevin records
• A complimentary voucher worth €10.00 to use on the Glasnevin database.
Entry is free however booking is essential.
Sunday, 16th June @10am – 1:30pm
Episode 6 - Hades in Ulysses depicts the funeral procession of Paddy Dignam at the Hibernian necropolis – Glasnevin Cemetery.
This scene will be a central focal point for a re-enactment performed by the ‘Joycestagers’ at Glasnevin Cemetery this Bloomsday. There will also be a Joycean tour of the cemetery which boasts a wide range of literary connections. Joyce’s parents are both buried at Glasnevin.
10am - 3pm: Special Joycean Breakfast and Lunch in the Tower Café.
11.30am: Re-enactment of the funeral procession of Paddy Dignam from the ‘Hades’ episode of Ulysses.
12.15pm: A Joycean Tour of the heart of the Hibernian necropolis, Glasnevin Cemetery, which has many significant links to Joyce’s life and writing.
Tickets from €10.20