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Wicklow's Historic Gaol Day Tour

  • Interactive experience with quality audio headsets
  • Explore this historic building at your own pace
  • Visit the genealogy center to research ancestors
Wicklow's Historic Gaol Day Tour
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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 Gaol 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 following in the footsteps of prisoners in their cells and dungeons.

What to Expect

A visit to the Historic Gaol in Wicklow includes both a guided tour and time to explore independently.

The tour includes wandering through original prison cells and dungeons plus a lesson in historic torture methods. Climb aboard a replica transportation ship to experience a glimpse into the journey to Van Diemens Land (now Tasmania).

Learn about Irish history including the protagonists of the 1798 rebellion, the overcrowding of the Gaol during the famine era, and the Irish War of Independence. The tour has a spooky element with stories about the prisoners that remain to haunt the building.

Holographic projections bring prison guards to life. Audio headsets in four languages are included and there are interactive points for children. A genealogy center is open for visitors interested in researching their ancestors.

After the tour, an on-site café is available for snacks and drinks.


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1 - 5 of 175 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago
We loved it

We took a tour as wanted to know more of history about Wicklow. Well done to all staff. Amazing experience. Well advised to see for other travelers.

1  Thank johannmare45
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Well worth a visit

I visited with my elderly father and uncle and enjoyed the visit immensely. On entering the very large door which declared the Gaol "Open" it wasn't entirely clear where we could buy tickets - afterwards we did see the sign, pointing us into the Gift...More

Thank DublinGrainne
Reviewed April 14, 2018 via mobile
Interesting, a bit gruesome - worth a visit

Family members took me and my 6-year-old to visit the Gaol (“Jail”) in March. You can do a brief guided tour followed by a self-guided tour. The tour guide was performing in character as a warden so that added a bit of gallows humor to...More

1  Thank MTW
Reviewed April 3, 2018
Excellent day Trip

We were down in Wicklow for the Easter bank Holiday weekend and a friend of mine had recommended a trip to Wicklow Gaol so I booked the tickets online. Its pretty easy to find as it is well signposted and it provides free car parking....More

1  Thank markst33
Reviewed March 31, 2018 via mobile
An interesting tour in a well preserved authentic building

A very incite-full tour of a historic gaol through time. There was an introduction and then we were free to go around at our own pace. The cells are well preserved and depict different eras and the circumstances of the prisoners.

1  Thank Noreen D
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