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Inveraray Jail

Church Square, Inveraray PA32 8TX, Scotland
01499 302381
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Ranked #3 of 12 Attractions in Inveraray
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Step back almost two centuries and discover the stories of the real people - men, women and children who were tried and served their sentences in this... more » Owner description: Step back almost two centuries and discover the stories of the real people - men, women and children who were tried and served their sentences in this prison. Take your seat in the spectacular Courtroom.Explore the Cells.Experience the sounds and smells; try out the wooden beds and hammocks.Sample the punishments. Experience the Whipping Table; take your turn at the Crank Wheel. Meet the Warders, Matron and Prisoners who help to make your prison visit come to life! « less
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

Highly recommend this attraction! We were hoping for more actors but the couple we came across knew their roles well and were very helpful! Take your time to read all infinformation signs on the cell walls, learned a lot from them! Beautiful gift shop too with some witty gifts!

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Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Very interesting visit to this jail recently. It has plenty to see and various interesting stories about past inmates to read about. The warder dressed in original prison warder clothing was informative and added to the historic era. Try the whipping table if you visit. We spent a good hour and a half here but you stay longer. It has... More

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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34 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Even though I didn't quite get the gruesome torture-based introduction and its connection to Inverary I did find the atmosphere here quite gripping. The information boards are very good and the actors (one very spooky standing in a cell absolutely still until you look at him!) were helpful and added to the experience. Not expensive to get in and we... More

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Norfolk, UK
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This was one of the highlights of our short visit to Scotland and Inverarary. The preservation of the cells, and the details of the miscreants who occupied them brings home the poverty that local people laboured under in the 1800s. Well worth a visit.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

As we arrived ahead of schedule at our hotel in arrochar we decided on a trip to inverary,lovely little,village,lots to do and see,the jail being one of the attractions,we got a discount as we were travelling with lochs and glens,well worth the visit,very interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Worth a visit as a family or just for a bit of fun , lots to learn very interesting , great staff very welcoming and good fun the guides know their stuff and are very good at their jobs and good with kids , to the guide who scared me today fair play and well done , he was amazing... More

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Falkirk
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Got 10% off with mobile code. Didnt need to show it though juat mentioned it (just as well as no mobile signal). Interesting cases (surprised there was as much crime reading about the punishments). Thought it would have more interactive bits. Lots of reading information. In one of the cells in new prison there was a guide man... who stood... More

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Northumberland, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

What a great place. The information and displays are set out in such a way that young and old will find this both interesting and fun. Excellent attraction very cleverly done and well worth a visit.

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Wirral
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This kind of visit is not normally my thing but it was a grey day so we thought, why not. We were glad we did the visit is well planned and i found it far more interesting and enjoyable than i would have imagined. Well worth a visit if you are in the area

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Interesting & fun, very informative. Well informed staff and jail keeper has a sense of humour. Quite a lot of stairs which could be a problem for some people

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