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Wicklow Historic Gaol: 1-Hour Tour

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27 reviews

Activity provider: Wicklow's Historic Gaol

Wicklow Historic Gaol: 1-Hour Tour

Activity provider: Wicklow's Historic Gaol

From US$ 11.88 per person

Bring history to life and discover the dark secrets of Wicklow Gaol with this fascinating tour. As you are guided around the museum, experience prison life as it was endured by its 18th century inmates during a turbulent period of Irish history.

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  • Experience prison life as it was endured by its 18th century inmates
  • Bring to life two of the most turbulent centuries of Irish history
  • Learn how prisoners received basic education
  • Step into an atmospheric jail museum experience in Wicklow Town
Full description
Take a trip back in time and experience prison life in Wicklow Gaol as it would have been endured by its 18th century inmates. After being greeted by either the matron or the jailer, step through the Gates of Hell to begin your partially guided tour of this fascinating museum. After descending down a narrow spiral staircase, discover the dark history of the jail from your guide, including the number of prisoners held in Wicklow, the crimes they had committed and the torture methods used on the inmates. Hear fascinating stories of famous prisoners housed at Wicklow, and their executions at the gallows!  As you proceed through the jail, feel a shiver down your spine and ask your guide about accounts of paranormal activities. With the help of videos, holograms and lifelike mannequins, bring to life the inmates' experiences. For you younger inmates, there is a fun quiz to complete as you make your way around the museum, which can be checked at the end of your tour. If you've demonstrated good conduct throughout the tour, the jailer will decide whether you're lucky enough to receive a special release form!
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Meals and drinks
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Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Head to the ticket desk at Wicklow Gaol.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Three hours of free parking is available directly in front of the jail
  • A 10% discount is available for the on-site café, the Jailers Rest
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4.7 /5

based on 27 reviews

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Beautiful lunch first at 13.00 in the Jailers Rest then into the Jail/Gaol for our self directed tour with Audio guide. There is so much to see and read and learn about Irish/British history that we were still there when it was called out "10 minutes to closing". Luckily we were just at the end of the exhibits so didn't miss anything. A great afternoon

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August 23, 2020

We spent a couple of hours here to keep out of the rain. It was really interesting to hear about all the different types of prisoners who endured time here for many different reasons. It would be a great night time activity too as they do a haunted tour. There’s a nice coffee shop there to finish off your time there.

August 20, 2020

November 4, 2021

Product ID: 159269