On the northside of Dublin, there’s a place that houses complete peace and tranquility.

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 and after row and the atmosphere in the cemetery is truly stunning. You could literally spend hours staring at everything.

The 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 (There’s also a 1916 tour running at the moment).


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 March 2016)

Monday – Friday: 10am – 5pm

Weekends and bank holidays: 11am – 5pm


How to get there:

I’m lucky in that it’s pretty close to where I live but otherwise, you can get the 40 or 140 Dublin Bus from the city centre or it’s also on the Hop on/Hop off City Sightseeing Blue Route.

Honourable mention:

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.

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