Wicklow's Historic Gaol
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Wicklow Gaol is an atmospheric jail museum experience, offering visitors a glimpse of life in prisons of the past. As one of Wicklow’s top tourist destinations, Wicklow Gaol tells the story of its prisoners through an interactive tour.
Visit Wicklow’s Historic Gaol to experience prison life as it was endured by its 18th century inmates. An atmospheric jail museum experience in Wicklow Town, Wicklow’s Historic Gaol offers visitors a glimpse of life in Ireland’s past. Through an interactive tour led by experienced actor guides, Wicklow’s Historic Gaol tells the story of its prisoners including the participants in the Irish Rebellion of 1798 and those awaiting transportation to a new life in Australia.
The harshness of prison life in the 18th century, the story of the Irish Rebellion of 1798, the cruelty of the transportation ships and hope of a new life in Australia can all be experienced in this thought-provoking attraction in Wicklow Town.
The original gaol dungeon is open again for the first time in over 100 years and enables visitors to experience first-hand the sights and sounds of harsh life in the dungeon. Wicklow Gaol’s story is interwoven with the history of Wicklow and Ireland itself and is a highlight on any historical itinerary of the town and its surrounds.
Tours at Wicklow's Historic Gaol:
Day Tours: Step in to the past and experience the daily life in Victorian Prison.
Night Tours. Take an eerie night tour of Wicklow Gaol – one of Ireland’s most haunted building. Check website for times and dates.
Paranormal Investigation Tours: Check website for times and dates of this tour.
Bus Tour: From March - late September each year:
This action packed tour takes you to the iconic, historical St Kevin’s monastic site, the lakes of Glendalough and the Round Tower, Wicklow’s Historic Gaol where Erskine Childers was held captive, the final scene setting of the cult classic movie “The Guard” with Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle, an 11th century original Viking castle, Wicklow’s most famous resident Sammy the Seal and something completely different riding a bicycle, yes a bicycle on the beach.
The only way to finish off such an eclectic mix of experiences is to quaff down some of Wicklow’s finest craft beer whilst lazing in the sun or sitting close to a warm fire in Mickey Finn’s pub / Wicklow Brewery.
The Jailer’s Rest Café, Wine Bar and Bistro:
The cafe is conveniently located inside Wicklow Gaol. Café Open Times: 9am - 5pm Mon-Thurs.
Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm and 6pm-9.30pm.
Sunday 9am -5pm. Reservations Tel:0404 66618
Check website or Facebook page.