Wicklow's Historic Gaol
- Tour of Wicklow's Historic Gaol
- Multilingual audio guides available
- Discover the history of the prison
Wicklow's Historical Gaol
When visiting county Wicklow in Ireland's Ancient East, Wicklow's Historical Gaol is a must-see historical attraction which is known for it's extensive history and architectural significance.
Explore the history of the Gaol with a guided tour that provides an insight into the harsh conditions faced by prisoners in the past. Visitors can experience the atmosphere of the gaol, learn about its history, and gain an understanding of Ireland's penal system during different periods.
The gaol has a long history of incarcerating prisoners, housing individuals convicted of various crimes. It played a significant role in the penal system of Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries
The gaol's architecture reflects the style of the time it was constructed, with elements typical of Georgian-era prisons. Visitors can explore the different sections of the gaol, including the cells, corridors, and the punishment area.
Throughout its history, Wicklow's Historic Gaol housed a variety of inmates, including both common criminals and political prisoners. Some of these prisoners were involved in the various uprisings and movements that occurred in Ireland during its struggle for independence.
Restoration and Preservation:
In the late 20th century, efforts were made to preserve and restore the historic gaol. The goal was to transform it into a museum and tourist attraction while maintaining its historical integrity.
A visit to Wicklow's Historic Gaol provides a unique opportunity to step back in time and learn about the challenges faced by prisoners in Ireland's past, as well as the broader historical context in which the gaol played a role.
Visit any time between the opening hours of 11:00 - 15:30
Last entry for tour is 15:15
Free entry for childre 3 years of age and under.
Free parking permit for ticket holders after you present at ticket desk.