5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

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  • Location:Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration:90 minutes (approx.)

Glasnevin Cemetery Tour in Dublin

Enjoy a glimpse back in time to Victorian Dublin on a 1.5-hour walking tour of the Glasnevin Cemetery, winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014. Explore the cemetery, where some 1.5 million Irish people lay buried, and hear your guide explain the fascinating life stories of the people who have shaped the Ireland we know today, from authors and politicians to thieves and rebels. Then, visit the museum independently and learn more about the lives of many of the cemetery’s most important residents!


  • 1.5-hour walking tour of Glasnevin Cemetery plus museum admission
  • Explore one of Ireland’s most impressive burial grounds
  • Gain an insight into life in Dublin during the Victorian era from a knowledgeable guide
  • Visit the O'Connell Crypt and tower, and learn about Daniel O’Connell
  • Learn about many of Ireland’s famous citizens while browsing the museum exhibits independently
  • Use a genealogy voucher to trace your own ancestry after the tour concludes
  • Enjoy discounts on select purchases in the museum's shop and cafe

What You Can Expect

Glasnevin Cemetery Tour in Dublin

Explore one of Ireland's most impressive burial grounds

Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery first opened in the 19th century, and went on to become the final resting place of an estimated 1.5 million Irish citizens. 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 cemetery, 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.

If you are still exploring the cemetery in the afternoon, you may be lucky enough to catch one of the daily reenactments that take place at the cemetery. Watch as a local actor delivers famous old speeches and poetry while dressed in costumes from bygone days.

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. You tour also allows you to enjoy discounts on select purchases in the museum's shop and cafe.

Customer Reviews

Beverly D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We booked the tour, having seen previous reviews, but were still a little unsure. After all, how interesting can a tour around a cemetry be? So, if you're reading this and are a little unsure, my advice is, just book it or you will be missing out on a great tour. We caught the bus from O'Connell St, very easy. Arrived a little early and so time for a cup of tea in the cafe and a look around the museum. Our tour started promptly and was fascinating from beginning to end, jammed with information on the history of Ireland and some of the people who helped to shape it. Our guide was excellent, knew his stuff inside out and his delivery was clear and captivating. If you have even a remote interest in the history of Ireland, this is one not to be missed.

Jacqueline F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fascinating for both my 11 year old son and myself. It was probably the highlight of our trip. The history was so interesting and our guide so engaging.

Kimberly M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very knowledgeable tour guide. The cemetery is beautiful and vast, and contains the resting places of many notable people. The tour includes many of these, and gives participants quite a good education on the history of the country's revolutionary period. Lasted about 90 minutes.

Sandy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great history told with enthusiasm. Guide was very knowledgeable.

Claudia S United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent tour! Brought all the disparate information together about the Irish Revolution and the primary cast of characters. Learned so much I didn't know before. Cemeteries often tell the best stories! The museum was excellent.

Lilian S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The tour was most enjoyable. The tour guide (Liam I think) was extremely knowledgeable, informative at times amusing. Terrific hour and a half. Well worth a visit.

Bernadette C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

We had a great day in Glasnevin. The tour was fantastic. The tour guide excellent. The museum very interesting. The tea and scone excellent too.

Michael W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Really enjoyed it. Paddy was a great guide. The two hrs flew by. Could have done two hrs more. Have recommended to family and friends

Kathleen T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

My husband and I were highly impressed with this tour. The tour guide Niall I think was excellent and very clear and distinct. He made the tour interesting and his little quips were very funny. Given the nature of the tour it was not heavy and there was no overload of information. Overall we really enjoyed it and have recommended it to others as a must see.
Thank you to all involved. Very well organised. Suggestion- any chance of developing a musicians/poets/etc cemetery tour!

Marame K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Very Nice tour and guide, from my part, I learn a lot about Irish history, Revolution and politics. Weather was not bad either, and the museum deserves a little detour :)

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