Tickets for Wicklow’s Historic Gaol + Audio Guide

Get right up close to life in a Victorian prison

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Opening hours
Today:  10:30 - 16:30
Tomorrow:  10:30 - 16:30
Sunday:  10:30 - 16:30
Monday:  10:30 - 16:30
Tuesday:  10:30 - 16:30
Wednesday:  10:30 - 16:30
Thursday:  10:30 - 16:30
Best time to visit
In the morning
  • Meet Mary Morris the Matron and get a clearer picture of daily life in this busy (and often overcrowded) Victorian prison
  • The posed figures and the historic reconstructions will help you and your family understand Irish history (and the harsh realities of prison life) alive
  • During the Potato Famine people would commit crimes so they would end up in this prison. Once you visit, you'll understand how desperate they must have been!

Wicklow's Historic Gaol features interactive displays, and holographic projections detailing the fascinating and macabre history of this penitentiary. The words "Wicklow Gaol" would once strike fear in the heart of anyone within earshot. It's now County Wicklow's most popular tourist attraction.

From the 1798 Rebellion (or Rising) to the Great Famine of the 1840s and the Independence Era (1916-1923) and beyond, Wicklow Gaol has seen more than its fair share of incarcerations. It was once known for brutality, overcrowding and corruption.

Now a museum, a visit here is a compelling journey into Ireland's difficult past. Fortunately, thanks to the detailed educational experience it's now one of Ireland's top tourist attractions. It's also one of the world's most haunted buildings, so keep your eyes and ears out for spectral shadows and ghostly mists.

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Entrance to the Wicklow’s Historic Gaol
Audio guide

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Opening Hours

  • Daily, 10:30 - 16:30 (last admission)
  • Closed on Good Friday and during Christmas Holidays

Getting There

  • From Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Greystones, or Bray: Train with destination Rosslare Harbour, get off at Wicklow. From the train station, walk (20-30 min) or take a taxi
  • From Dublin City Center: Bus Eireann, line 133 from George’s Quay or Kildare Street to Wicklow
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Wicklow’s Historic Gaol
1,Kilmantin Hill, A67 Y337, County Wicklow
Key info
Wheelchair accessible
The ground floor is fully accessible, the upper and lower floors are not, due to narrow stairs.
Audio guide
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Ratings & reviews
8 Reviews

Jul 28, 2019
Excellent experience
Jul 11, 2019
Ah what a great tour Rob our tour guide was excellent, also the kids and teenagers
seemed to love it
Sep 19, 2018
Enjoyable afternoon.

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