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Inveraray Jail

Main Street, Inveraray PA32 8TX, Scotland
+44 1499 302381
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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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  • Average6%
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Main Street, Inveraray PA32 8TX, Scotland
+44 1499 302381
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Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

Visited today with my wife and twin boys (aged 6) once paid and set up with mobile guide was looking forward to discovering about the jail and its past. Unfortunately one of boys got really scared about 10 minutes in and one of the staff...More

Thank flymo73
Reviewed 11 April 2016

A small but interesting museum. For its size there plenty of history inside. The audio guides are nice touch to save on reading some of the scary history of the Scottish legal system. Some of the staff are dressed up for the period and tell...More

Thank Brian L
Reviewed 11 April 2016

Doesn't look much from the outside, but inside was excellent. The Audio tour was excellent and the period dressed staff helping out inside help make the visit worthwhile. Historically preserved to show what if must of been like in the 1800s. Learnt lots from the...More

1  Thank Brendan C
Reviewed 10 April 2016

Was a very interesting visit but also very sad knowing children were locked up here in very squalid conditions. All in all a very enjoyable visit.

Thank Linda G
Reviewed 10 April 2016

This was our 2nd visit to the jail, the first being 15 years ago, but this time we have a 5 year old. It's definitely worth a visit, lots of history, great audio guide and you get a huge sense of back in the day....and...More

1  Thank GrantFamilyTravels
Reviewed 7 April 2016

If you are interested in Scottish history, this view of how we treated our prison population in times gone by is very interesting. The re-enactors add to the atmosphere. We spent an interesting and informative couple of hours in the prison.

Thank Tony R
Reviewed 5 April 2016

This is a great place to visit. The staff were friendly and you even have jailer walking round in period clothing who is quite intimidating capturing the atmosphere of the day. It has headphones so you don't have to go round reading everything which is...More

Thank ghelliwell2016
Reviewed 4 April 2016

This is a great place for historians and anyone interested in capital punishment and imprisonment back in the day. You get handed a headset and keypad that you press the numbers on your pad to correspond with where you are as you walk round the...More

Thank LouisePlackett
Reviewed 3 April 2016 via mobile

Plesently suprised by this! We thought it would be a 10 minute nosey ended up walking around the place for hours, Very informative , great for adults and kids....

Thank Andrew B
Reviewed 3 April 2016 via mobile

Had a lovely few hours here. Some of the displays are a little tired now but the actual prison itself is in fantastic condition and so very interesting to explore. The staff too, dressed in Victorian costume are lovely and full of information and happy...More

Thank fionascot_11
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Response from Mary C | Reviewed this property |
Yes dogs are allowed as I saw a couple there on our visit!
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21 July 2016|
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£21.90 for 2 Adults