Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin

This grim building has been restored, although the cells have been left as they were; a new exhibition building has now been added to help tell the story of Ireland's struggle for independence between the 1780s and early 1920s. The school once run by the Pearse brothers at Rathfarnham has now been turned into a museum; the life and times of Patrick Pearse, leader of the 1916 Rising, and his brother, Willie, are described through photographs, manuscripts and mementoes, plus an audio-visual presentation.

Kilmainham Gaol:
Near Royal Hospital.
Admission charge.

Pearse Museum:
Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16.
10km (6 miles) S of city centre.
Admission charge.
Open daily.