With 1m people buried here you might think this is a pretty ghoulish thing to do but Glasnevin Cemetery is absolutely steeped in history so if that’s your thing then you need to get down there. There is a 10.30am walking tour (but check this out as it changes based on the time of year). The tour guides are really knowledgeable and will show you all the important graves with the history behind them. You’ll get the chance to go into Daniel O’Connell’s crypt with is only viewable by taking the tour. Other major figures such as DeValera, Collins and Parnell are buried here as well as major leaders of the 1916 rising. Your ticket will give you access to the exhibition space inside as well but it’s not as good as the actual tour itself.
The famous Luke Kelly of The Dubliners is also buried here but note that the cemetery is in two parts (divided by a road) and he is in the least well known section which is across from the main gates. The cemetery backs onto the National Botantic Gardens and you can now walk directly between the two which wasn’t possible before. The 40 and 140 bus service go directly past the Cemetery.