General Visitor Information

  • The visitor centre is fully accessible
  • Photography is allowed for private, non-commercial use unless otherwise stated (however we would ask you to refrain from using flash photography).
  • There are no storage facilities available at GPO Witness History so please limit the items that you bring with you.
  • Relax afterwards in our Café overlooking the courtyard. Only food and drinks purchased from the Café may be consumed in the designated areas.

What are GPO Witness History’s opening hours?

  • GPO Witness History is open 7 days a week; Mon-Sat: 10:00-17:30 ( last admission: 16:30) and Sun (incl. Bank Holidays) 12:00-17:30 ( last admission: 16:30)

How do I get there?

  • GPO Witness History is located on O’ Connell Street, at the heart of Dublin City Centre. It is served by all major public transport links – Dublin Bus, Luas CrossCity and Luas Red Line– and is within walking distance of Connolly DART Station.

How long is a tour of GPO Witness History?

  • GPO Witness History is a self-guided exhibition. To make the most of your visit, we recommend that you spend at least 45 minutes in the space. However, please feel free to spend as long as you like.

Do I have to book in advance?

  • We accept walk-in bookings at our admissions desk. You can also book your tickets online through our website: www.gpowitnesshistory.ie . We also accept Dublin Pass and pre-paid Booking.com QR codes.

Is it wheelchair accessible?

  • Our exhibition is fully wheelchair accessible and there is seating throughout the space.

Can I take photos?

  • Please feel free to take as many photos as you wish! Bear in mind, however, that we do have some very valuable artefacts that are sensitive to harsh light, so please turn the flash on your camera/phone off.

Is there a private guided tour?

  • Although GPO Witness History is a self-guided exhibition, groups can pre-book and request a private guided tour. Please note that these tours must be booked through our reservations department on: 061-711222.
  • We also offer a public tour every day at 15:30, with an additional public tour at 11:00 on Saturdays. Please note that the charge for this is €18 for adults and €16 for students/seniors for the guided public tour.

Does GPO Witness History supply audio guides?

  • Yes, we have audio guides available at no extra charge. The audio guides are available in English, Irish, German, Italian, French and Spanish.

Does GPO Witness History have bag/luggage storage facilities?

  • We do not have bag/luggage storage facilities. However, the Dublin Tourist Centre directly across from us offer storage lockers for €3 a day.

Is there a car park nearby?

  • The nearest car park to GPO Witness History is Best Carpark, Arnotts. If you present your GPO Witness History ticket to the car park attendant, you can avail of €10 parking for the day. Also, just a 3-minute walk away is Q-Park, Clery’s, on Marlborough Street. Their daily rates can be viewed via the link: https://q-park.ie/en-gb/cities/dublin/clerys/

Is there coach parking nearby?

  • The nearest coach parking bay is on Upper O’ Connell Street, outside the AIB Bank.

Is there a café in GPO Witness History?

  • Yes, GPO Witness History has a café. It is open daily: Mon-Sat 10:00-16:30 and Sun 12:00-16:30. The café offers a wide range of food and beverages, from homemade soups and sandwiches to tasty treats.

What is the Easter Rising?

  • The 1916 Easter Rising was a rebellion that took place over 6 days. It was an attempt by Irish rebels to gain independence from Britain.

1916 Rising - facts about leaders

  • There were 7 leaders of the Rising: Patrick Pearse, Eamonn Ceannt, Thomas MacDonagh, Joseph Plunkett, Thomas Clarke, Sean MacDiarmada and James Connolly.

1916 Rising - how it started

  • The Easter Rising took over a year to plan. The 7 leaders decided to have the Rising in 1916, while Britain was busy fighting in the First World War. They thought that they would be successful, because Britain would not be focused on Ireland when they were fighting in the war.

Who was executed in the 1916 Rising?

  • There were 16 people executed in total – 14 in Dublin, 1 in Cork and 1 in London. This included the 7 leaders.

Who signed the Proclamation?

  • The 7 leaders signed the Proclamation.

Why did it happen?

  • The Rising occurred because the leaders saw an opportunity to pursue their ideal vision for Ireland to be free from British rule.

What is the 1916 Proclamation about?

  • The Proclamation is essentially a Declaration of Independence. It states that Ireland is an independent Republic and says that it will grant women the vote, religious equality and civil liberties.

What happened after?

  • After the Rising, the War of Independence started, resulting in Civil War. Ireland was eventually declared and recognized as an independent Republic in 1949.

How many people died during the Rising?

  • 485 people died in total.

When did the Irish War Of Independence happen and why?

  • The War of Independence lasted from 1919-1921. It happened because Ireland was still part of the United Kingdom and there was still a British presence in the country. It ended in 1921 with the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, which split Ireland into two parts: the 26-county Irish Free State and the 6-county state of Northern Ireland, which still remains part of the United Kingdom.



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