On the north side of Dublin, there’s a place that houses complete peace and tranquillity.
Home to 1.5 million people, Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum has no shortage of stories to tell.
The unique Victorian grounds hold an incredible natural beauty; memorial walls, tombstones, yew trees and flowers can be seen row after row and the atmosphere in the cemetery is truly stunning. Who knew that you could spend hours exploring a cemetery?
Glasnevin Cemetery is home to some of Ireland’s most famous figures in political history, from “The Liberator” Daniel O’Connell and revolutionary leader Michael Collins to former Taoiseach Éamon De Valera.
Even though it’s free to roam around the grounds, I’d absolutely recommend heading on one of the daily walking tours or a self-guided audio tour.
The museum’s tour guides are brimming with enthusiasm and it’s definitely a family-friendly attraction too. Incidentally, it’s actually a wonderful spot for a stroll if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The Glasnevin Trust itself is the largest provider of funeral services in Ireland and serves a massive 2,500 burials and 1,300 cremations annually.
Did you know that there are approximately 6408 Kavanaghs in Glasnevin Cemetery? Who knows how many of our relatives are buried there!
Opening Hours (as of November 2018)
Monday – Sunday: 10am – 5pm
Weekends and bank holidays: 11am – 5pm
How to get there:
You can get the 40 or 140 Dublin Bus from the city centre and it’s also on the Hop on/Hop off City Sightseeing Route (Buses arrive every 10 minutes before 2pm and every 15 minutes there after).
After roaming around the grounds, it’s worth sitting back with a pint in John Kavanagh’s pub aka The Gravediggers. OR you could also head to the National Botanic Gardens which is connected to the cemetery.
In 2013 I had the pleasure of being taken on a walking tour of the museum and cemetery with lead historian Shane MacThomáis who sadly passed away a few years ago. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.