O'Connell Tower Tour

    The O’Connell Tower was built to commemorate the founder of Dublin Cemeteries Trust and one of Ireland’s greatest historical figures, Daniel O’Connell, whose remains lie in the ornate crypt beneath. Following a bombing in 1971 which destroyed the staircase, the Tower remained closed until its complete refurbishment in April 2018. Visitors can now ascend the tallest round tower in Ireland, and enjoy panoramic views across the city from one of its highest vantage points.

    Highlights of the O'Connell Tower Tour include:

    • A look at the ornate crypt that has been expertly restored - the resting place of O’Connell and some of his family members
    • An exhibition which delves into the history of O’Connell himself and the Tower - every block tells a story
    • Climb all 198 steps to the summit, the staircase was painstakingly restored using the original 19th century plans
    • Panoramic views of the sprawling grounds of the cemetery, the city of Dublin, Wicklow and the Irish Sea

    Health and age restrictions apply.

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    Tours Led by Expert Guides

    The key elements of our tours at Glasnevin Cemetery are the individuals laid to rest here – iconic figures from history and the less well-known – and our Tour Guides, who are extremely skilled and always highly-commended by audiences.

    All of our tours begin and end in our state-of-the art Visitor Centre. Here, you can view displays, videos and interactive media in both the City of the Dead and the Prospect Gallery. This will give you an intriguing introduction to your visit and set the scene for the outdoor tour which follows. Your Tour Guide will meet you in the Prospect Gallery and commence the outdoor tour from there.

    Some people may find the climb physically demanding. It requires a reasonable level of fitness, and the ability to climb independently. 

    Under 8s not permitted, 8-12 year olds must be accompanied by an adult (1 adult to 1 child). 12-16 year olds must be accompanied by an adult (1 adult to max 3 children).

    All visitors climb the tower at their own risk and should have a reasonable level of fitness.

    All handbags, rucksacks and baggage must be left in the lockers provided.

    Please ensure that you read the Health and Safety Terms & Conditions in full before you complete your booking as those not meeting age requirements won’t be allowed to climb the tower.

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