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“Brilliant experience”

Wicklow's Historic Gaol
Ranked #6 of 37 Tours in County Wicklow
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Wicklow Gaol an interactive journey through two centuries of prison life This is both educational and fun and it’s indoors, so doesn’t suffer from climatic influences!
Reviewed 18 June 2014

Visited Wicklow Goal with my husband & two sons age 8 & 12; we were met by a matron (in costume) who took the group into the first part of the jail and really acted the part well. You could then visit the cells yourself; as you enter there are wax work historic figures and recordings of why they are there a history lesson in every cell! There is an errie feeling as you walk around and halograms complete the spooky atmosphere.
We were met on the way out by the jailor Patrick(real name) and he wanted to lock my children in for the weekend. My youngest was a little worried. He spent sometime with us explaining the vast history of the Goal and was really informative and knowledgeable.
There is a lovely coffee shop & picnic tables outside for visitors to enjoy.
All in all we really enjoyed the trip and I would highly recommend it to young & old. Well worth a visit!!!

Date of experience: June 2014
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

A true bit of history to learn about, some of which is almost horrific to think happened. Great history lesson!

Date of experience: June 2014
Thank Lisa P
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

We found the gaol vey interesting. Our "jailer" was dressed as the part and acted the part incredibly well. So glad I am not an inmate!! Such a sad place - how prisoners were treated is a huge shame and inhumane!! Defo got the creepy vibe whilst walking on the upper levels but didnt see any ghosts. Well worth the 7.50 euros - parking is free to visitors - just get your ticket from inside.
We had lunch in the restaurant afterwards - the seafood chowder is highly recommended and I concur!!!!! Yum!

Date of experience: May 2014
Thank Vicky B
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Our "jailer" met us at the beginning of the tour and led us through some very interesting areas of the jail and of Irish history. The displays are well thought out and the artifacts included added to our understanding of the experience of those unfortunate enough to have been kept captive within the Goal. Be sure to visit each cell as they all have unique stories to tell and do not miss the outside courtyard with the paddle-wheel. The Goal will bring you back to a sad time in Ireland's history and should not be missed.

Date of experience: April 2014
5  Thank miacapretta
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

Date of experience: April 2014
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