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Wicklow's Historic Gaol Day Tour provided by Wicklow's Historic Gaol

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Wicklow's Historic Gaol Day Tour

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Experience two centuries of prison life behind the doors of this haunted jail 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 by following in the footsteps of prisoners in the cells and dungeons. This ticket includes free parking and a discount at the cafe for extra benefit.
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Wicklow Gaol
1 Kilmantin Hill, Corporation Lands, Wicklow, A67 Y337, Ireland
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    Wicklow's Historic Gaol
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    Bring history to life and discover the dark secrets of Wicklow Gaol with this fascinating tour. As you are guided around the museum, experience prison life as it was endured by its 18th century inmates during a turbulent period of Irish history.
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You'll end at
Wicklow Gaol
1 Kilmantin Hill, Corporation Lands, Wicklow, A67 Y337, Ireland
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  • Explore this historic Historic Gaol in Wicklow at your own pace
  • Feel a part of history with interactive experiences and audio headsets
  • Fun for the whole family with special exhibits for kids
  • Genealogy center allows visitors to research ancestors
What to Expect
Visit the Historic Gaol in Wicklow on the day chosen at checkout. The ticket includes a guided tour and time to explore independently. Audio headsets in four languages are included, and there are interactive points for children. On the tour, you wander through original prison cells and dungeons and learn about historic torture methods. Climb aboard a replica transportation ship to experience the journey to Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania). Expect to brush up against Irish history, learning about the 1798 rebellion, the overcrowding of the jail during the famine era, and the Irish War of Independence. You also hear spooky stories about the prisoners that remain to haunt the building and see holographic projections that bring prison guards to life. When you finish touring the museum, head to the genealogy center to researching your ancestors or to the on-site cafe for 10 percent off snacks and drinks with your ticket.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Wicklow Gaol, 1 Kilmantin Hill, Corporation Lands, Wicklow, A67 Y337, Ireland
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Free Carparking
  • 10% of Cafe
  • Entry/Admission - Wicklow's Historic Gaol
  • food
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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eims71 wrote a review Mar 2020
Ireland98 contributions36 helpful votes
We went to the gaol on probably the worst day weather wise this year but it actually only added to the experience. Really interesting and we all learned something. Staff were lovely and definitely worth a trip to Wicklow.
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Date of experience: February 2020
TheThreeMs wrote a review Feb 2020
Dublin, Ireland3 contributions
My Wife and I with our almost 13 year old daughter we took a drive through Wicklow with no plan, The Goal was on our list of possible locations to visit. We dropped in late, about 3:30 in afternoon for a snack, but the restaurant was still full and they suggested we could use
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Date of experience: February 2020
Clararawr93 wrote a review Feb 2020
Bray, Ireland21 contributions1 helpful vote
I've been to the Gaol 6 or 7 times starting as a child. Its always a great place to take visitors to Wicklow and I myself have attended from the age of 5 up. I can attest that this has entertained friends and family of all ages and if you have time, pop in to get something to
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helenamurph85 wrote a review Nov 2019
Dublin,148 contributions21 helpful votes
Popped in here before heading down to the Christmas markets - needed the festive joy afterwards to be fair! The virtual reality part was so cool, definitely add that on. Make sure to layer up as it is very cold in there and treat yourself to something in the cafe afterwards,
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Pauline B wrote a review Nov 2019
7 contributions1 helpful vote
Just visited this historic place. Great place very interesting and cannot recommend it highly enough. Very reasonable entrance fee. Also be sure to visit the cafe we all enjoyed a light lunch and there is 10% discount with your entrance ticket.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Eugene S
Awesome tour
This Gaol is well worth a visit. We had a great tour guide for the introduction who gave us a great overview. The
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Like a bat out of hell
Gates of Hell is an apt name. We decided to do the VR experience and then the gaol tour afterwards. After the VR we
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Night Tour - Not So Much a Tour...
I don’t know if we misread the description, but this was less of a tour and more of a wander the halls and read tex
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Excellent experience for all ages
I'm local, so I've been maybe five times in the past few years. I've been with young and old(er) companions, and I'
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A Historical trip
Take a trip back in time and discover the pain and suffering endured by inmates - men women and children in this ga
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Halloween Visit
Fun day out, very enjoyable visit and good history lesson, kids and myself really enjoyed I would recommend to anyo
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Ellen L
Wicklow gaol
Fab visit gives you the real feel of how it was like back in the time easy to follow tour signs and displays very
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Rachel W
Brilliant visit
We really enjoyed our visit to the gaol a fascinating insight into its gruesome history. Our teen loved the dungeon
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Amazing place to learn all about the historic jailers that were held there and also about the hauntings of the jail
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Can’t rate this gaol highly enough, it’s a very chilling and great place to visit. Steeped in history and the guide
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A Must visit
Went here on our road trip around Ireland. This is a must. A great place, very eerie and informative. Those who are
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Sally B
Interesting experience packed with historical detail.....
A fascinating journey back into the past, with a "gaoler"as our escort! Cells containing lifesize figures who told
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Very interesting
The visit to the Wicklow Gaol takes you back in time to a period where steeling food to feed your starving family w
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Ideal indoor attraction.
Good historic attraction with free parking, cafe and reasonable entry fee and souvenier shop. Educational, informat
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Jail built in the 1700s . Great historical site. Great for all ages
My third trip to Ireland. My first trip to Wicklow. I read about this on Trip Advisor and decided to check it ou
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  • Duration: 1h
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  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
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