Glasnevin Cemetery Museum is located on the Finglas Road, Dublin 11, approximately 3km from the City Centre. Pedestrian access is also available through the original Prospect Square gate (beside the famous Gravediggers Pub). See below for a suggested walking trail from Dublin City Centre to Glasnevin Cemetery which takes in monuments dedicated to some of the well-known figures buried here.
Public Transport Routes
Dublin Bus from Dublin City Centre
Bus Route: 140 - Departs from O' Connell Street
Bus Route: 40 - Departs from O' Connell Street
Glasnevin Cemetery is adjacent to the National Botanic Gardens which are serviced by routes 4, 9 and 83. Visitors coming from the National Botanic Gardens must do so via Prospect Road and continue onto the Finglas Road or enter by foot via Prospect Square.
The City Sightseeing Dublin 'Hop-On Hop-Off' Tour runs regularly to/from Glasnevin Cemetery. Buses arrive every 10 minutes before 2pm and every 15 minutes there after.
By Car or Train
Glasnevin Cemetery is situated on the Finglas Road/N2 and is close to M1, M50 and Dublin Airport as well as Connolly and Heuston Train Stations.
Onsite parking is available.
Glasnevin Cemetery Car Park fits up to 80 cars and there is room for 6 caoches - €2 per hour.
St. Paul's Car Park (adjacent to Glasnevin Cemetery) fits up to 40 cars and there are 4 spaces to accommodate those with disabilities - €2 per day.
Central Dublin to Glasnevin Walking Trail
Glasnevin Cemetery maybe located in one corner of the city but the influence and impact of some the people buried here can be seen all over. We have created this trail so that you can make a day out of your visit to Glasnevin by taking in some of the cities sights while gaining an introduction to some of the figures you will learn about on the tours that are running here. We must advise that this is only suggested and that the selected landmarks connected to some of the figures buried here is not an exhaustive list by any means.
The Rosie Hackett Bridge You can begin your jaunt at the Rosie Hackett Bridge. The bridge was opened in 2014 and named in honour of Hackett who was a trade union leader, fought in the 1916 rising and co-founded the Irish Womens' Workers Union with Delia Larkin who is also buried in Glasnevin Cemetery. Appropriately the bridge looks over to an iconic Dublin landmark, Liberty Hall, home to SIPTU (Services, Industrial, Professional, Technical Union) Hackett died in 1976 and she is buried the St Paul's section of Glasnevin Cemetery. Walk towards along the river (not crossing over it) until you get to O'Connell Street.
The O'Connell Statue Heading over to the Northside, make your way to O'Connell Street which is one the main shopping areas in Dublin and is teeming with historical significance. One of the first (of quite a few) monuments that your eyes will land on is the prominent O'Connell statue. Just like the street itself, it is dedicated to Daniel O'Connell aka The Liberator. He is one of the most important figures in Irish history. He helped to found Glasnevin Cemetery so that 'people of all faiths' could be buried with dignity and respect. The tallest round tower in the country is another monument dedicated to O'Connell and he is buried in an ornate crypt beneath it. The crypt is part of the General History Tour at Glasnevin. There are a lot of landmarks straight up this street, bear in mind some of them are in the middle of the road.
The Sir John Gray Statue The next statue you will pass is that of Sir John Gray an Irish physician, surgeon, newspaper proprietor, journalist and politician. This statue was erected to recognise his contributions to the provision of a fresh water supply to Dublin city and suburbs. Through his offices with Dublin Corporation, the Vartry Reservoir water supply works were completed and this project was significantly important in the improvement of living conditions and public health in Dublin city. The works improved sanitation and helped reduce outbreaks of cholera, typhus and other diseases associated with contaminated water.
The Jim Larkin Statue A short stretch up from O'Connell a simpler yet no less dramatic statue of a man made of bronze and arms outstretched. This is James Larkin or 'Big Jim' who Glasnevin Cemetery is now home to. He founded the Irish Transport and General Workers Union. He organised campaigns such as the Lock-Out of Dublin in 1913. His magnetic personality and gifted oratory attracted thousands to the union. Other sights of note around this area of O'Connell Street is the GPO which is still a working post office as well as a museum. Across the road, at the corner of North Earl Street is the James Joyce statue. To keep heading towards Glasnevin keep walking straight up O'Connell street, at the junction you will see the statue of Charles Stewart Parnell.
The Parnell Statue Charles Stewart Parnell is buried in one of the most striking graves in Glasnevin Cemetery. It is actually a mass grave with 11,000 victims of cholera. Parnell wanted to be buried with the people. He was born into a Protestant land-owning family in 1846. Throughout his short but accomplished life, Parnell has two main objectives: achieving home rule and establishing land-owning rights for tenants.
The Garden of Remembrance Here you will find the Garden of Remembrance which was installed in 1966 to mark the contribution of the many Irish men and women who died fighting for Irish freedom.
Constance Markievicz Plaque Still on North Frederick Street, but a little further up on the right hand side of the road, there is a plaque dedicated to Constance Markievicz who is buried in the Republican Plot at Glasnevin. She is a very important figure in the history of Irish independence and was the first female to ever be elected to Westminster as an MP for Sinn Féin in 1918. As you can see from the plaque, she was also Minister for Labour in Ireland befitting of her dedication to rights for workers.
Peader Kearney Monument If you take the next right at the plaque, keep going straight until you get to Lower Dorset street. Make sure, you stay on the left side of the road here. You will see this monument to Peadar Kearney who is famous for writing The Soldier's Song or Amhráin na BFhian as it is known in Irish. This composition is the Irish national anthem.
Brendan Behan Statue Our final stop on the walk from Dublin city centre to Glasnevin Cemetery before you actually hit the grounds is the statue of Brendan Behan by the Royal Canal. Behan also happens to be the nephew of Peadar Kearney. Born in 1923, Behan was involved with Republican activity and on one occasion shot at a policemen in Glasnevin Cemetery. He was incarcerated for this and it was then that he began his writing career which was to make him famous throughout the world. Fame never rested easy with him and Behan was a heavy drinker, remarking 'I only drink on two occasions - when I'm thirsty and when I'm not'. He died on March 20th, aged 41.
Stroll up the canal and take a right at the top of the road and you will be on Finglas road and here you will come across Glasnevin Cemetery after passing landmarks throughout the city dedicated to some of the most well-known people buried here. Take one of our tours to get a deeper insight into the fascinating lives they led.
Museum Opening Times:
Daily 10:00am - 6:00pm
*Extended hours and additional tours will run from June 29th onwards*
How to book:
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