General History Tour Glasnevin Cemetry


Glasnevin Cemetery Museum & Guided Tours

Since 1832, more than 1.5 million people have been interred in Glasnevin, Ireland’s largest cemetery. The rich and famous, paupers and politicians, artists, warriors and heroes, all rest side by side in this renowned Victorian Garden Cemetery. Here the social, political and historical timeline of Ireland’s capital city is carved in stone. Glasnevin Cemetery Museum is both the guardian and storyteller for over 1.5 million people. From the ordinary to the truly extraordinary, these people helped shape the Ireland of today.


Each guide is passionate about sharing their love of heritage and history, telling the stories of Ireland’s complex and fascinating history through daily walking tours turning a learning experience into a period of magic with a careful balance of passion, sensitivity and even fun. 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.


Awarded TripAdvisor’s 2018 Travellers’ Choice Award and Best Cultural Experience at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards, Glasnevin is now one of Ireland’s most popular visitor attractions and is firmly established on the list of best things to do in Dublin. The Tower Café serves lunches and snacks throughout the day. There is a shop located at the entrance to the museum offering a wide range of Irish history books & literature, arts, crafts and gifts.


General History Tour (daily at 11:30 and 14:30)

Our original tour takes in the graves of those who shaped the course of Irish History. An opportunity to visit the graves of James Larkin, Maud Gonne, Grace Gifford, Michael Collins, Eamon De Valera, Constance Markievicz, Brendan Behan, Luke Kelly and Daniel O’Connell, to name but a few! A daily oration of Pádraig Pearse’s famous speech is given at the grave of O’ Donovan Rossa at 14:30.


‘Dead Interesting’ Tour (Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays at 1pm)

Our new tour takes in an alternative view of the varied heritage that Ireland’s largest cemetery holds and the history within its walls. With lesser known stories of extraordinary lives and extraordinary events this is a tour that is for both the well acquainted with the cemetery and those who have never visited before, the secret history of Ireland’s most well-known cemetery. Visit the grave of the women who died once but was buried twice and the stones and monuments that make Glasnevin Ireland’s outdoor Art Gallery.



The O’ Connell Tower (open daily 10:00-17:00) *times are subject to change*

You can now climb the O’Connell Tower – Ireland’s tallest round tower for the first time in over 45 years.  After a comprehensive restoration programme, the tower’s staircase 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.



With over 1.5 million Irish genealogy burial records, explore family history and reveal stories from your family past. We have a dedicated member of staff Lynn Brady, our resident Genealogist, who could help provide you with the last piece of the puzzle allowing you complete your own genealogy journey!

Museum Opening Times


Mon – Sun: 10am-5pm


Mon – Sun: 10am-6pm

Christmas Hours:

Open on December 24th, 10am – 1pm (11:30 tour running only)

Closed: December 25th & 26th and January 1st


Approx. visit duration: Guided tour takes 90 minutes. Allow extra time to enjoy the other facilities including museum.


(Please note that Glasnevin is a working cemetery).


Admission Rates:

Guided Tours

Adults: €13.00/Children: €10.00/Senior/Students: €10.00/Family (2+2): €29.00

O’ Connell Tower

Adults: €9.00/Children: €6.00/Senior/Students: €6.00/Family (2+2): €21.00

Museum Admission

Adults: €6.50/Children: €4.50/Senior/Students: €4.50/Family (2+2): €20.00


For more information, visit:

Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Finglas Road, Dublin 11.

SatNav: Latitude/Longitude : 53.36981,-6.277098


Telephone: +353 1 882 6550


Email:  [email protected]

Group Bookings: [email protected]