To be Guided or to Self-Guide, that is the question
Since 1832, more than 1.5 million people have been interred in Ireland’s Necropolis, Ireland’s largest cemetery. Located just 2.5 km from Dublin’s city centre and a 10 minute drive from Dublin Airport, Glasnevin covers 124 acres of glorious parkland with plenty to appreciate. The National Botanic Gardens is adjacent to Glasnevin and accessible via the pedestrian gate. There you will find an enviable collection of rare and indigenous plants in a most beautiful and tranquil setting.
One of Dublin’s most famous haunts (pardon the pun!), The Gravediggers pub, serving the best pint of Guinness in Dublin and run by the same family of Kavanagh’s since its opening in 1832 is located at the original cemetery gate at Prospect Square. Lonely Planet describe it as “this pub is one of the best in Ireland and virtually unchanged in 150 years”. Rustic authenticity combined with a dash of local pride will set you up for a day of discovery in a cemetery packed with stories and anecdotes delivered by extremely personable guides.
Glasnevin is listed at number 2 on Tripadvisor for good reason. It is a hauntingly gorgeous Victorian Garden cemetery where each and every tour guide is passionate about sharing their love of heritage and history. They enthusiastically tell the stories of Ireland’s fascinating past through daily walking tours and turn a learning experience into a period of magic with a careful balance of passion, sensitivity and even fun.
If you are interested in tracing your family ancestry, Glasnevin’s full time genealogist is on hand and can help trace your records and locate the graves of your loved one. All 1.5 million + records are now digitised.
Choice of guided tours:
The General History tour
Focuses on the famous people buried at Glasnevin – Daniel O’Connell, Michael Collins, Roger Casement and Charles Stewart Parnell, to name a few.
The ‘Dead Interesting’ Tour
Focuses on the not so famous but equally interesting people buried at Glasnevin. ‘Dead Interesting’ gives an alternative view of the varied heritage that Ireland’s largest cemetery holds within its walls, visitors learn of its sculpture, symbolism, architecture, horticulture and hear the quirky stories of Dublin’s lesser known personalities.
Whether it’s your first visit to Glasnevin Cemetery or you’re going back for more, why not try out Glasnevin’s self-guide app. The easy-to-use app features the 21 most popular graves, including Daniel O’Connell, Michael Collins, Sir Roger Casement, Maud Gonne MacBride and Constance Markievicz. Listen in English, French, German or Spanish at your own pace. The app features iBeacon technology and GPS mapping.
Enjoy an enviable collection of statues and Celtic Crosses from the simplest to the magnificently ornate, including Daniel O’Connell’s crypt and iconic round tower.
Available to download on both Apple Store & Google Play on Android
- 1st Prize winner Best Cultural Experience Ireland
- #2 Tripadvisor ‘best things to do in Dublin’
Tours, Re-enactments, Genealogy, Café, Gift Shop, Museum, Exhibitions, entrance to Botanic Gardens, and Gravediggers Pub.