Wicklow Gaol

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Wicklow Historic Gaol: 1-Hour Tour

1. Wicklow Historic Gaol: 1-Hour Tour

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!

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What people are saying about Wicklow Gaol

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 27 reviews

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

The Goal is very interesting and we thought the waxworks in the cells were very good. It was all very informative. It would have been better to have had a guided tour as there was a lot of reading which might have been better explained. We were certainly recommend this experience.

We had a great time at the Gaol both parents and kids alike. The quiz kept the kids interested and motivated. Really enjoyed the experience.

It was so good to learn obout our Irish history and to visit the jail it made it so more real to experience what it was like.

Thoroughly enjoyable afternoon with tour of jail and lovely lunch at Jailers Rest. Great value all round.