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Address: Clwyd Street, Ruthin LL15 1HP, Wales
Phone Number:
+44 1824 708281
10:00 - 17:00
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Wed - Mon 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Victorian and Pentonville Prison - Visitor attraction and accredited...

Victorian and Pentonville Prison - Visitor attraction and accredited museum.

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OPEN - April to September (Open week of October half term)

CLOSED - November to March

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Well worth a visit.

Ruthin Gaol is well worth a visit. The ladies on duty when we visited were charming and the information map, boards etc were well done and very informative. I've visited... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 706 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ruthin Gaol is well worth a visit. The ladies on duty when we visited were charming and the information map, boards etc were well done and very informative. I've visited several old gaols over the years and what you get here is pretty much the norm, i.e. detail re individual felons, the crimes they committed, punishment meted out, work conditions,... More 

Thank johnhouston2
Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely brilliant day out and very good value for money. Very good value and kids loved it. Staff were friendly and the kids trail was good too. Interested displays but could do with a few more interactive displays and gift shop was pretty terrible. But 10/10 for value! Well done County Council!! :) Will be sure to visit again when... More 

Thank relaxedholidayvisit2
Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited Ruthin Gaol and was pleasantly surprised as I was only expecting to see a couple of cells and the odd uniform but when you enter the main part of the building you can see all the floors with the cell doors still intact, reminded me of the programme porridge with Ronnie Barker, it gave a good incite on what... More 

Thank dave14142016
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a very interesting and not expensive trip to see how jails or gaols were at the beginning of last century, very informative in each cell

Thank somersetlasscheshire
Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited with my family and found the gaol very good for all ages. Catered for young and old and would visit again.

Thank Lisa M
Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Called in today the are staff very helpful and friendly and lots of interesting facts as you go round and lots of interaction for children

Thank sharon g
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 March 2017

Really interesting and very pleasant staff but check opening times before you go. It's not open every day.

Thank c2017416
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26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed a good day out finding out life as an criminal behind bars. What they ate and if where they ranked as class. Believe it or not this all effected how they were treated & fed. Not what they did! - bit mad eh! We all had a good time. Time a jumper tho as it's under ground a lot... More 

Thank Cheryl R
Worle, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

My two children (13 and 8) and I spent a brilliant couple of hours here today. The gaol is restored beautifully and there is the right balance of written information and exhibits. Woman at the ticket office was very helpful and friendly.

Thank Imwiththechildren
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016

We were lucky the day we went it wasnt raining but would be good if it was. Not a lot to do in Ruthin so nice place to visit. The history is great and we really enjoyed it. Good place for children too.

Thank stringey

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