- 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.
- Entrance to the Wicklow’s Historic Gaol
- Audio guide
Show your ticket at the entrance. Don't forget to pick up your free audio guide!
- Daily, 10:30 - 16:30 (last admission)
- Closed on Good Friday and during Christmas Holidays
- 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
Cancellations are not possible for this ticket.
The schoolroom in the lower floor is gone (as a teacher I always enjoyed this room), and the spooky cells off it are gone also. This room looks like it's now used for 'events'.
Even though the present set up is still well-worth the visit, I think that the absence of actors/characters which brought the history alive, particularly for kids, is missed. As I said we brought our kids here many years ago, when there were actors present, and they loved it!
In our present society where face to face contact is becoming less and less frequent, I think that history comes alive with people/characters there to tell you face to face their story.