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Review of Inveraray Jail

Inveraray Jail
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Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Inveraray
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Baby buggy parking
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117 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2014

Personnally I thin this attraction is oversold. Certainly much of the information was about why people were sentenced rather than detailing their life in the prison through the ages.

Visited May 2014
Thank tigertonyedin
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Winnipeg, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A Really Great Attraction!”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

This place is well worth a visit. Complete with courtroom with recorded trials going on and 'pretend' Judge, Lawyers, Jury, Prisoners - you can sit and listen to several trials, very interesting. Plenty of 'Cells' to explore in the jail along with great info on what life was like there for the prisoners, staff, warden. Plenty of photos, jail records, descriptions of changes made over the years - we spent about 2 hours here to see everything - definitely recommend! And 10 pounds is a fair price for entry, considering what you get out of it.

Visited May 2014
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Airdrie, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Groupon offer”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

Visited Inveraray Jail today with my husband and 1 year old son. We had a groupon voucher giving us half price entry. I was shocked that the full price for an adult is £9.50. I thought that a bit steep especially after having to pay for car parking as well!

Spent 1-2 hours at the jail and found parts of it great ie the staff dressed up like people that used to work in the jail or even prisoners but felt there was too many empty cells with boards on the wall that you were suppose to read. Not a very large jail - expected it to be a lot bigger. Some parts of it are very interesting and the grounds are well kept.

If you are disabled or find stairs difficult to climb do not bother going as it would be a waste of your time! I felt they could involve children more as most visitors were left to walk round themselves.

The shop was quite pricey but I suppose that is to be expected!

Really glad I had the groupon offer as I think I would be really disappointed if I had paid full price for the entry! Could do a lot better. The place was not very busy for a sunny Saturday afternoon but then again I take it that is why they are doing groupon offers!

Visited May 2014
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Fantastically gruesome!”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

Spent a few hours visiting Inverary Jail with some friends including three children aged 11, 14 and 15. We all loved it! Lots of really interesting information some of which is really gruesome!

Visited May 2014
Thank janeyaldridge
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Bo'ness, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A fun jump back in time”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

We decided to come to Inverary especially to visit the famous Inverary Jail and wasn't disappointed.
With it's traditional stone frontage in the center of town, you immediately get the feel of the jail as soon as you go through the front door.
As you enter, there are numerous displays that explain and also show(photo's or artwork) some of the incarceration techniques used over the years in Scotland. Also some examples of prisoners, their crimes and ultimately their punishment. Some, not for the light hearted.
You are then directed to the main yard where the entrances to both the original jail and the more modern (not modern at all) jail.
The character Period Jailer locks you in the roofless yard compound to offer you the experience of what the prisoners would have to endure in rain, hail OR shine just to get time out of their cells.
The cells were cramped and I still find it hard to comprehend the conditions that they had to endure for even the most simple of crimes.
The 'modern' jail, still Victorian, was built to accommodate the jail reforms that were introduced, but still....... hard going.
An interesting day and well worth a family visit.

Visited May 2014
Thank Da-Reeds
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