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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 shopcouple of hoursmy partnerown pacegreat valueinteresting placeinteractive displaysall agessteeped in historychildren and adultstwo hourscafe on sitegreat attractiontour starts
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Best visitor experience in ireland

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

Thank gnikdivad
Reviewed 1 week ago
Interesting visit

Very interesting visit. Our tour guide was very good, he got right into character. It was a smaller version of Kilmainham Gaol. Lots of dark and gloomy facts of irish history. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank rmulraney
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wicklow's Gaol a must visit

This is a place to visit if you're from Ireland or elsewhere, admission is €8 per person day tour open from 10.30am-16.30pm every day you can get a better price on Groupon, get the app! there is so much history there covering from 1702-1924 I...More

Thank Charles H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Excellent but grim

Wicklow gaol has some very grim history and this tour really takes you there. Great tour guides, very detailed exhibit, with video and voice recordings portraying engaging scenes from their history. Very worthwhile, - great history lesson, but creepy and ghoulish enough to keep your...More

Thank Njbel
Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile
Really interesting

The tour was really interesting and was excellently delivered by a lovely young lady. I wish I had asked her name. She was also very kind to an elderly relative we had with us. Had tea and cake in the cafe afterwards which was also...More

Thank Lorraine H
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