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A visit to the Historic Gaol in Wicklow includes both a guided tour and time to explore independently.

The tour includes wandering through original prison cells and dungeons plus a lesson in historic torture methods. Climb aboard a replica transportation ship to experience a glimpse into the journey to Van Diemens Land (now Tasmania).

Learn about Irish history including the protagonists of the 1798 rebellion, the overcrowding of the Gaol during the famine era, and the Irish War of Independence. The tour has a spooky element with stories about the prisoners that remain to haunt the building.

Holographic projections bring prison guards to life. Audio headsets in four languages are included and there are interactive points for children. A genealogy center is open for visitors interested in researching their ancestors.

After the tour, an on-site café is available for snacks and drinks.

 

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Wicklow's Historic Gaol
Overview

Experience two centuries of prison life behind the doors of this haunted Gaol in Wicklow. A visit includes both a guided tour and time to explore at your own pace. Learn about Irish history via holographic projections of prison guards, audio headsets, and following in the footsteps of prisoners in their cells and dungeons.

Highlights
  • Interactive experience with quality audio headsets
  • Explore this historic building at your own pace
  • Visit the genealogy center to research ancestors
  • Learn about Irish history from a guide
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All reviewswell worth a visitself guided tourwicklow towncoffee shopgreat valuecouple of hoursmy partnerown paceinteresting placeinteresting visitinteractive displayssteeped in historychildren and adultstwo hoursfriendly stafffun afternoongreat attraction
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Hauntingly beautiful

Excellent guided tour, very informative. This is a truly immersive experience, humbling and thought-provoking. Make sure you don't get locked in! The tour guide when I visited was Miriam, she was fantastic, she studied drama at BIFE in Bray. Highly recommended.

Thank paolaenergya
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Interesting and interactive

I brought my son he is 10 and we both enjoyed the tour, its creepy and interesting . It really holds your attention

Thank tcos1804
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Well organised exhibition

Visited the Gaol on a Sunday and there were no organised tours. However the exhibitions are will laid out and were easy to follow to make sure got the most out of your visit. It was packed with interesting facts and stories on Irish history....More

Thank WilliamP1986
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Great experience and fun wasy to spend a few hours

I wasn't sure what to expect when we went to visit Wicklow Gaol but can honestly say I was very much impressed. The tour, the authenticity of the building, the friendly staff all helped to make it and excellent day out for all the family,...More

Thank TCT2
Reviewed 17 August 2018
Opens your eyes!

This is a very claustrophobic place but has quite a history. It is well preserved and tells the story of when the native Catholic Irish were imprisoned, tortured and sometimes died here for fairly petty crimes. A number of them were transported to Australia and...More

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