Inveraray Jail
Inveraray Jail
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Pre-booking not required. Step back almost two centuries and discover the stories of the real men, women and children who were tried and served their sentences in this prison. Visit the Courtroom; explore the Cells in the Old and New Prisons; try out the wooden beds and hammocks; sample the punishments; experience the Whipping Table; take your turn at the Crank Wheel. Meet the Warder and Prisoners and get locked up in the Airing Yards. Listen to dramatic true tales from the characters in the Jail’s past brought to life with our FREE interactive audio guides. Available in six languages.
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  • FMc
    10 contributions
    Great place to visit
    We spent 2h walking around, reading all of the stories. The guides were very good, informative and friendly. It's an interesting place to visit for both adults and children. There was a wee boy running around having a great time with the actors/guides who were dressed up as prisoners and guards. Definitely recommend.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 January 2023
  • Linda D
    72 contributions
    Excellent afternoon visit
    Great place for a visit. Very informative and the wax figures were so lifelike I actually thought it was real people sitting in the courthouse! Staff were lovely and keen to talk about different aspects of it. We went out of season so there was only a couple of staff dressed up but was still a very enjoyable afternoon. Can be cold so I suggest wrapping up warm.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 February 2023
  • Molly
    3 contributions
    Must visit!!!
    Had just a wonderful time! A lovely little town too! We managed to park very close and had a great audio guide which was really immersive! Signs were fab too if you decide not to use the guide! We were there for a good few hours soaking it all in! And it was fabulous to be dog friendly- as you can see our pup had a great time! Staff were wonderful! Very kind and helpful, and they know some extra knowledge not on the guides! Would definitely come back!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 March 2023
  • Vicki
    Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom303 contributions
    Brilliant day out
    What an amazing place! Really informative hand held audo guides around the jail which closed in 1899 - some fascinating stories. The tour guides who were in character the whole time were so knowledgeable & exuded passion so it made the experience so worthwhile. Thoroughly recommend coming here to view a slice of history of beautiful Inverary.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 March 2023
  • Alison H
    Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom34 contributions
    Must visit this place, rain or sun activity.
    This is the second time I've been to the jail and both times I was not disappointed. The guards in the jail were knowledgeable and enthusiastic, the ladies at the desk and in the shop were lovely. Having worked in a jail I found the place fascinating. Just the right amount of things to look at, read and interact with. Highly recommend using the audio that is supplied, really brings things to life. Great place for kids and adults alike.
    Thank you so much for your review, 501alisonh! Delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit so much - even the second time around! We hope to welcome you back again.
    Written 19 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 April 2023
  • m a
    132 contributions
    Please go......
    What a brilliant morning we had here. So interesting and well worth the entry fee. Staff were extremely knowledgeable and engaging. Loved the women that locked my husband in the outdoor exercise yard. She was so funny. The conditions of the jails back then were appalling. The facts about the torture was also a real eye opener. A wet and windy day well spent at this attraction.
    Thank you very much for the great review! Glad you enjoyed your time spent learning about our pretty grim history and pleased to hear that our costumed staff were able to add to your experience at Inveraray Jail.
    Written 19 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 12 April 2023
  • nicholasfI7659MO
    Tarporley, United Kingdom384 contributions
    Justice in the rough days.
    Imaginative recreation of Scottish Penal System, 18th/19th Century. Gruesome, harrowing. The standards of the day were incredibly harsh on prisoners. The tortures allowed by the law of that day would have the Gestapo reaching to borrow the text book. Truly horrendous. Some light relief is gained by visiting the mock-up of a trial of the era. Some audio material might have helped understanding of the process. The judge was my favourite. The languid half-asleep pose. Lulling defendant and counsel into a false sense of security, until they realise he has been very alert indeed.
    Great review, nicholasfI7659MO - thank you very much! The times were indeed gruesome and harrowing - laid bare in the penal system of the time. Glad you enjoyed your visit to Inveraray Jail.
    Written 19 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 June 2023
  • johnny112ireland
    Belfast, United Kingdom69 contributions
    Great place to visit
    The tour is absolutely fantastic,well laid out,the audio sets are really well linked into the cells and the various levels of the jail. You need fit to be able to go up through the various levels the stairs are well worn as you would expect in a building of this age but well worth it. The stories of the various prisoners and their confinement worth taking the time to read in the cells,definately a place you didn't want to be confined in and yet when read of the inmates and their sentences it was hard but fair
    Thank you so much for this great review, Johnny! Great to hear how much you enjoyed your visit to Inveraray Jail.
    Written 19 June 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 19 June 2023
  • SCCROSBIE
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom11 contributions
    Amazing staff!
    A very warm welcome from all the staff. My son has ASD and they were very kind and understanding. Lovely experience not having to worry about my son’s behaviour. He thoroughly enjoyed the jail and all the stories told through the audio device. Well worth a visit. Thank you 😊
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 July 2023
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Bevmitch
Japan88 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
A great little dog friendly prison. Very well
Preserved. Great interactions with staff. Fun surprises from some of them:). Defo do audio tour. Very informative and worth a visit.
Written 4 November 2023
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PhilliprWhite
Garvald, UK125 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Great experience in going back in time, not if you were a criminal, really harsh conditions.
You really need to allow an hour to do this justice, make sure you have enough time on the car parking.
Written 19 October 2023
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MH
South Lanarkshire, UK117 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Wasn't expecting much but I have to say this was a great visit! Lots of interesting things to see. Staff were all very pleasant. Liked the staff dressed in the period costumes! My kids enjoyed being locked up by the prison guard. Good fun. It was sad to think of all the hard times people went through in the jail. Those walls could tell a story or two! All in all would recommend, and my kids also enjoyed it.
Written 26 September 2023
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Navigate770128
3 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
Another great visit to the jail. So glad I was not a prisoner there. Lots of interesting facts and exhibits in an atmospheric place. Staff really knowledgeable.
Written 25 September 2023
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Ponuponas
Vilnius, Lithuania1,150 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
A bit disappointed with a visit to this jail. The jails vibes a not very pleasant. Maybe not for all, but for my family it is much better to visit a castle or garden.
Written 14 August 2023
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Michael S
Cologne, Germany120 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Nice historic jail with a good and informative audio guide. Not too expensice compared to other castles etc. in Scotland.
Written 5 August 2023
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David W
Greater London, UK41 contributions
Aug 2023
Me and three children (aged 15, 13 and 11) visited the jail on a rainy day, it was an interesting look around with a good audio tour to keep us informed about the history of the place.
Written 4 August 2023
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steve b
2 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
I thought it was very informative and excellent value for money . The guides were very polite and I spent ages talking to them about the visit and the area in general . Well worth the visit
Written 27 July 2023
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William M
Glasgow, UK25 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Lots of history here with information panels to tell you factual information.

Tour without audio took me roughly 70 minutes.
Written 22 July 2023
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Pauline P
Irvine, UK35 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
My husband has restricted mobility, I phoned and spoke to Marian before our trip to find out about steps etc .she was so lovely and spoke to me about everything I needed to know.when we arrived we were greeted by a lovely member of staff Sandra who told us she knew I had phoned and held us completely tickets as my husband could only stay on the ground floor.ahe took us to meet another member of staff who told us lots of information about the jail.on our walk around there is plenty of knowledgeable staff who were interacting with everyone.we would highly recommend going a visit to the jail,we for sure will go back when my husband is fitter.
Written 21 July 2023
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