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Ruthin Gaol

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Hidden gem gives fascinating look at a former prison

A hidden and deceptively unassuming gem in Ruthin is the former prison. Tucked away near the bottom... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2018
United Kingdom
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Interesting step back in time

visited as a family - not much to do as a lot of it isn't accessible. it was enough for a hour and... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2018
Laura B
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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Victorian and Pentonville Prison - Visitor attraction and accredited museum. Opening Dates OPEN - April to September (Open week of October half term) CLOSED - November to March
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Denbighshire Record Office Yr Hen Garchar 46 Clwyd Street, Ruthin LL15 1HP, Wales
+44 1824 708281
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Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

A hidden and deceptively unassuming gem in Ruthin is the former prison. Tucked away near the bottom of a hill is Ruthin Gaol, where there was a prison as early as 1654. The later building was the county gaol until 1866 when a large Pentonville...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank CrustyPatch
Reviewed 17 August 2018

visited as a family - not much to do as a lot of it isn't accessible. it was enough for a hour and a half. What is there is fab and interesting and a real eye opener as to what it was like in years...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Laura B
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

Wasn't expecting it to be good. It wasn't, it was fantastic and well worth an hour and a half of your time. Will suit everyone from kids to adults. Friendly and helpful reception at the desk. Certainly worth taking advantage of the 20% discount we...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank kroe2013
Reviewed 16 August 2018

A museum jail in Ruthin.Built in Victorian times,it is a good history lesson and suitable for kids on an inclement day in Ruthin.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank djhall1
Reviewed 11 August 2018

An interesting and hands on history of our penal system from the 16th to 20th century. Lots of informative displays and hands on activities for young and old, such as dressing up in old prison uniforms and being put in solitary confinement! Worth a visit...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank MnsrLarousse
Reviewed 7 August 2018

We visited the goal with the grandchildren aged 6 & 8 and were given a clipboard each,one had to fill in the missing gaps from clues dotted around the prison about the the other had to find escaped prisoners from pictures also dotted about.on the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Carol S
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

Stopped off here by chance to fill a couple of hours before hotel check in. Firstly what a lovely friendly welcome from both ladies that were there when you first enter. The audio guide is well worth taking round with you as this gives you...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Anna C
Reviewed 30 July 2018 via mobile

Fantastic insight into the prison system in history. Excellent education venue for schools/colleges.

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank Road661176
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

Intrigued to see what this was all about , audio book and map to guide you around the prison , a deep insight into prison life in years gone by .

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Martine B
Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

Real value for money day out the jail itself is very spooky and gives you a sense of what criminals endured would go again

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank maximillion123
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