Tours of Glasnevin
Led by Historian Shane MacThomais and his team of experienced guides, the historical tour gives a valuable insight into this unique Victorian burial place and into the final resting place of the men and women who have helped shape Ireland’s past and present.
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum has a variety of walking tours including; Historical, Joycean, Women of Glasnevin Cemetery, Labour, Military and Religions of Glasnevin Cemetery. Tours take place daily at 11.30am & 2.30pm*. Group, School and Private Tours are also available.
* During the summer months, there are additional tours at 1.00pm.
Combined Museum & Tour Family Ticket-
Combined Museum and Tour Ticket-
MP3 Self Guided Cemetery Tour-
Museum Only Ticket-
Groups of 10 or more can have tailored tours designed to meet their requirements. We cater for everybody from primary schools to historical buffs.
Our historical tour gives a valuable insight into this unique Victorian burial place and into the final resting place of the men and women who have helped shape Ireland’s past and present. On this tour you will encounter key historical figures from Daniel O’Connell, to Charles Stewart Parnell and Michael Collins. This tour also includes visits to the graves of Maud Gonne and Roger Casement and a tour of Daniel O’Connell’s crypt. You will explore the high walls and watchtowers surrounding Glasnevin, learn more about our gravediggers and the poor ground they work with plus the once very real threat of grave robbers.
James Joyce’s life and writing contains many links to Glasnevin Cemetery, the heart of the Hibernian necropolis. This tour takes a walk through the life, time and imagination of James Joyce: from the Hades Chapter in Ulysses which is set in the cemetery, to the Joyce family grave which is the final resting place of his parents.
Literary & Culture tour
Take a tour in the footsteps some of the literary and cultural figures resting within the walls of Glasnevin Cemetery, from Arthur Griffith to Zozimus, via Brendan Behan and Gerard Manley Hopkins.
Women of Glasnevin tour
This tour celebrates the female rebels, romantics and heroines of Glasnevin. Amongst the graves you will visit are Anne Devlin, Countess Markievicz, Margaret Burke Sheridan, Sinéad De Valera and Hanna Sheehy Skeffington.
A new political awareness among the common people in the 20th century caused by social and economic change was reflected in demands for change at all levels of society. From ‘Big Jim’ Larkin and the 1913 Lock Out to Frank Ryan, Margaret Skinnider, Charlotte Despard, William X O’Brien and the Capitalist Titan William Martin Murphy, the Labour tour explores those who played an influential role in the introduction of so many social reforms and of the rights and privileges that we enjoy today.
Military history tour
The graveyards of Dublin are littered with tales of a rich military history. Glasnevin Cemetery combatants range from those who fought with Wellington in the Napoleonic campaigns, through to the American Civil War, the trenches of World War 1 and the Irish Civil War. Sometimes these men and women returned to a hero’s welcome but more often than not they returned to a life of obscurity and an unmarked grave. This tour tells the story of some of these forgotten heroes.
Explore the unique combination of architecture, head stones, trees and grounds that together compose Glasnevin Cemetery. The trees of the cemetery are part of the fabric of this place and are living records of several different gardening styles and cultural traditions.
Ireland’s original garden cemetery is home to some exquisite examples of classical, gothic and Celtic architecture, and within its grounds are buried many of the artists who shaped modern Irish art. Visit the graves of notable people from the arts world over the past one hundred and eighty years including Sir Thomas Farrell, Albert Power, J.J. McCarthy and Leo Whelan and some former members of the RHA.
Shared history tour
The decade of remembrance has begun and within Glasnevin Cemetery are many men and women who lived through the events being remembered. The Ulster Covenant, The First World War, The Easter Rising and The War of Independence have all been pivotal events in Ireland’s history. From Royal Engineers and Irish Guardsmen to Irish Volunteers and political Statesmen, the Shared History tour seeks to explore the lives of people who were actively engaged in these historic events