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Wicklow Historic Gaol 1-Hour Tour


Relive history and uncover the sinister secrets of Wicklow Gaol with this fascinating tour. Experience prison life as it was for 18th century prisoners during a turbulent time in Irish history, as shown in the museum.

Travel back in time and experience the prison life of the 18th century inmates of Wicklow Gaol. After meeting the jailer or matron, enter the Gates of Hell to begin your semi-guided tour of this fascinating museum.


  • Experience prison life as a prisoner in the 18th century.
  • Describe two of the most violent periods in Irish history and see how prisoners were given basic education.
  • Discover the Melancholy prison museum in Wicklow.


  • Museum entrance fees
  • Meals and drinks

Tour Plan

What to expect

After descending the small spiral staircase, learn from your guide about the prison's grim past. Find out about the crimes committed by those arrested, the number of prisoners held in Wicklow and the torture methods used on them. Learn the terrifying tales of Wicklow's famous prison inmates and hangmen!

Do you feel your spine running through dungeons? Ask your guide about reports of unusual activity. Bring the prisoner experience to life using realistic mannequins, holograms and film. As you explore the museum, the young inmates can pass or fail a fun quiz that you can check at the end of your tour. The prison will determine your luck to get a special release form based on your behavior on your trip!

Meeting point

Head to the ticket desk at Wicklow Gaol.

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Additional Info

Know before you go

  • Three hours of free parking is available directly in front of the jail
  • A 10% discount is available for the on-site café, the Jailers Rest
Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation

  • Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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