Packed with Celtic crosses and one gigantic round tower, Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery was founded in 1832 as a resting place for people of all faiths—remarkable at a time when Catholics were banned from burial in Protestant graveyards.
Over 1.5 million people have been buried here, including Daniel O’Connell, the political leader who founded the cemetery, and Michael Collins—an Irish revolutionary who still gets flowers on his grave nearly 100 years after his death.
Next to the National Botanic Gardens and affectionately known as Croak Park to Dubliners, there are regular 90-minute tours of the graveyard, which is home to an award-winning museum that gives an insight into Ireland’s social and political history through the stories of the people who have been buried here. Explore the museum’s Milestone Gallery, an interactive, digital timeline that gives an account of some of Glasnevin Cemetery’s most famous residents. If you have Irish blood, you may also be interested in doing a search of your family tree at the museum’s Genealogy Research Center.
On Finglas Road close to Dublin city center, Glasnevin Cemetery is open 24 hours a day and can be reached by bus 40 or 140 from O’Connell Street. There are daily tours at 11.30am and 2.30pm (additional 1pm tours in summer). The museum is open Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm, and from 11am-5pm on weekends and holidays.