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Wicklow’s Historic Gaol

Wicklow’s Historic Gaol is a late 18th-century prison that was a working lock-up until 1924. Now a museum, it's a fascinating interactive (and rather spooky) attraction.

Wicklow’s Historic Gaol is located in County Wicklow and can be reached from Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Greystones, or Bray by bus or train.

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Wicklow’s Historic Gaol
Kilmantin Hill, Wicklow Town, County Wicklow

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Aug 13, 2017
Wicklow’s Historic Gaol + Audio Guide
Arrived on a Friday afternoon and just made the introductory talk. I have been here a good number of times when our kids were younger, when there were actors conducting the tours. Now you get the introductory talk and then you go from one numbered site to the next. There are voice activated recordings in some of the jail cells, which allow you to understand that character's experience in Wicklow jail. The entire experience is terrific and well done. You come out of the jail with a very good idea of its past history. For kids, there are quizzes that they can do as they move around the building.
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.
Jul 25, 2017
Wicklow’s Historic Gaol + Audio Guide
Loved it great family day out, only thing is when we got to the ship part up the top my daughter became very uneasy , couldnt breathe and became sick, after leaving that area she was fine again , when we got back downstairs we read that some women have experienced that same feeling up there, spooky haha, highly recommend it
Jul 23, 2017
Wicklow’s Historic Gaol + Audio Guide
Worth while visiting for families and well worth the money....will be going again
Jul 18, 2017
Wicklow’s Historic Gaol + Audio Guide
The tour of the Gaol was excellent but trying to find it was not good. Very poor sign posting.