Kilmainham Gate


Francis Johnston's impressive Georgian gate was designed in 1812 as the Richmond Tower and located on the quays, near the Guinness Brewery. It was moved here in 1846 as it obstructed the increasingly heavy traffic to the new Kingsbridge Station (Heuston Station), which opened in 1844.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Dublin attractions

1. Kilmainham Gaol


If you have any desire to understand Irish history – especially the long-running resistance to British colonial rule – then a visit to this former prison…

2. War Memorial Gardens

0.28 MILES

Hardly anyone ever ventures this far west, but they're missing a lovely bit of landscaping in the shape of the War Memorial Gardens – by our reckoning as…

3. Irish Museum of Modern Art

0.31 MILES

Ireland's most important collection of modern and contemporary Irish and international art is housed in the elegant, airy expanse of the Royal Hospital…

4. Wellington Monument


Near the Parkgate St entrance to Phoenix Park is the 63m-high Wellington Monument. It took from 1817 to 1861 to build, mainly because the Duke of…

5. Magazine Fort

0.57 MILES

Towards Phoenix Park's Parkgate entrance is Magazine Fort on Thomas' Hill. Built between 1734 and 1801, the fort served as an occasional arms depot for…

6. Bandstand

0.65 MILES

Phoenix Park's bandstand, in the Hollow near the People's Garden, was built at the end of the 19th century to give military bands a spot to showcase their…

7. People's Garden

0.67 MILES

The People's Garden dates from 1864 and is made up of 9 hectares of Victorian-era horticulture.

8. Pearse Lyons Distillery

0.78 MILES

This boutique distillery opened in the former St James' Church in the summer of 2017, distilling small-batch, craft Irish whiskey. You have a choice of…