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Worth visiting

This is another place in downtown Nantucket that's definitely worth visiting. It's the historic... read more

Reviewed October 24, 2018
Worcester, MA
Interesting experience

Very different kind of jail! I went twice and had different guides. Each of them had different... read more

Reviewed October 2, 2018
Lada K
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15R Vestal St, Nantucket, MA 02554-2629
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Reviewed October 24, 2018

This is another place in downtown Nantucket that's definitely worth visiting. It's the historic jail of Nantucket.

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Reviewed October 2, 2018

Very different kind of jail! I went twice and had different guides. Each of them had different style and different piece of info to share. If you have whaling museum ticket, Old Gaol is complimentary and really worth visiting. Nice bike ride too.

Thank Lada K
Reviewed September 10, 2018

The young female guide (island native) on site was very pleasant and she provided good information, and lots of interaction with each group of visitors. 5-stars for her effort. But, it was a simple structure of the homestead period. And, it did not give much...More

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Reviewed August 31, 2018 via mobile

This is an interesting enough location. We were in one of the upper cells when we were locked in by the careless student-like docents who were closing up ten minutes early and seemed far more interested in each other than the customers Fortunately we managed...More

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NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Old Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2018

Hi there, thank you for your feedback and we are sorry that your experience at the Old Gaol was not a positive one. We take our visitors' input seriously and will of course address this issue and our closing protocol with staff at the Old...More

Reviewed August 12, 2018

Simple site, but worth a peek. If you get the All-Access pass at the Whaling Museum there is no entrance fee and you get a tour guide to show you around.

1  Thank janwilson515
Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

We stumbled upon this site with just 30 minutes left before our ferry was due to leave. We told the guide to tell us whatever she could in 5 minutes. She certainly met the challenge! We learned about many escapes, about the sad story of...More

1  Thank beefking
Reviewed June 12, 2018 via mobile

Really had an interesting time today at the Old Gaol. The guide did a great job of bringing this tiny jail to life. Definitely worth a visit. Kids love trying to open & shut the heavy front door!

Thank MrsRMW
Reviewed October 14, 2017 via mobile

Best time to see this little historic site is when there are guides available and its open for looking inside. Its included with your Whaling museum ticket too. Neat, quirky piece of history about the island. It actually cost more to build this little 4...More

2  Thank elizabethbG3094MX
Reviewed October 4, 2017

Interesting old jail that was used until 1933. Docent provided interesting information about the contruction of the jail and about those who were jailed there. Not a short walk from downtown.

1  Thank CLTexasTraveler
Reviewed August 6, 2017 via mobile

This is one cool building! The way that it is constructed is amazing. You wouldn't think a jail made of wood would be that effective, but it also is lined with a steel cage on the inside. There are only four rooms in the jail....More

Thank Markoshannon
NHATeam, Public Relations Manager at Old Gaol, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2017

Thank you for reviewing your visit to the Old Gaol. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed learning more about the history of the historic Nantucket landmark. We thank you for visiting and for taking the time to write a review, we hope to...More

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