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Wicklow's Historic Gaol

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“wicklow town”(11 reviews)
“worth a visit”(17 reviews)
Wicklow Gaol an interactive journey through two centuries of prison life This is both educational and fun and it’s indoors, so doesn’t suffer from climatic influences!
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Kilmantin Hill | Wicklow Town, Ireland
+353 404 61599
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All reviews wicklow town self guided tour worth a visit interactive displays great visit coffee shop information boards well thought out family ticket local history great cafe own pace great history fascinating tour set the scene interesting place two hours
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Despite the fact that it was a scary place..now is a very educational place for history and what happend during that existing time. Very well presented..with details and information..easy access to be informed. Very impressive

1  Thank gio
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a fantastic place. There is parking right outside and they provide you with a ticket from the shop/reception and plenty of parking nearby. This place goes all out for Halloween and looked amazing with all the staff in fancy dress. Firstly we waited...More

1  Thank Jmai
Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to take a tour of Wicklow Gaol recently & brought some friends along from Holland who are also very interested in Irish history. It's a really interesting place & covers so much information from different times in our history. It's very well organised...More

Thank C_and_H_11
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Takes about an hour for self tour. Well laid out and informative. Staff friendly and helpful. The jailers rest cafe was lovely, food excellent and reasonably priced

Thank Fiona H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I must say, I have passed the Goal on many occasions with intentions of passing by the cafe. Well today was that day and it was a great experience. Great prices, food and surrounded by history 😀😀😀

1  Thank Wicklow E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing experience from start to finish. Staff on reception were very welcoming on arrival and gave clear instructions on viewing the different parts of the Gaol. Areas are very well sign posted and numbered along the way which helps ensure you don't miss any key...More

Thank TheAistearLife
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Exciting capture of a not so nice part of history. Well worth a visit!!! Easy to find... hard to get out

Thank Curiosity676655
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fascinating tour, really interesting and very well done. So much information but put together so it's not just lots of reading, it's interactive and very well done. Loved how when you walked into each cell it had the voiceover of their stories. The dungeon and...More

Thank Ashlovestravelling
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

Very interesting and informative tour. Very eerie atmosphere!!!!!! Needed the excellent meal afterwards in the friendly and warm restaurant I would recommend this visit to all locals and visitors

Thank jch960
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

Stumbled across this by chance as we were driving down the coast. Glad we stopped! 7 Euro per person and about an hour of interactive adventures through several floors of a historical jail. Perfect for adults and children alike!

Thank Scubagal10
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6 November 2018|
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Response from aecmorgan | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is of interest to all adults and children as it is of historic significance and a visit would be far more informative for a child than reading a dull history book. Lots of children enjoy visiting the gaol but... More
14 October 2018|
Response from aecmorgan | Reviewed this property |
By bus or train. There are buses leaving Dublin every hour to Wicklow. The journey takes about 1 hr and 30 mins. The train service is adequate but not as frequent as the bus. Check with Iarnrod Eireann for the train... More
2 July 2018|
Response from jch960 | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend having a guide but you could do in yourself in about half an hour