I have been to most of the top attractions in Ireland and I have to say I think this takes the top spot.
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.
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.