What does a Tea Room have to do with a jail? I was asking myself that question after I paid for my admission to the Kilmainham Goal (Jail) in Dublin Ireland. I was told that I could wait in the Tea Room or Gift Shop for the tour to start.
It seemed odd to me that they would have a Tea Room in one of Ireland’s most famous jails. I realize that tourists need to be eat but what are the powers that be trying to accomplish by calling it a Tea Room. Why not just call it a Snack Bar or Cafeteria?
Has anyone ever said “Let’s meet at the jail for a spot of tea.” I doubt it but there is a first time for everything.
It turns out that the Tea Room was really just a small snack bar with a bunch of tables, so you might want to skip the date at the “Tea Room.” I would however take the tour of the Gaol to learn about its interesting history.