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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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eoinbaby
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We visited last Saturday 16/8. Myself and four kids. Staff were lovely except the grumpy older woman who was on the front desk at approx 2pm. A younger girl welcomed us and explained to kids what they had to find to complete and gain a certificate. When we arrived back and they were waiting patiently to show her their complete... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Inveraray Jail is a fun, interesting place to spend an afternoon. Both our children and the adults were surprised by the range of ages of prisoners and the punishments meted out to them. The contrast between the conditions in the older part of the jail and the new tells it's own story of how we have developed as human beings... More

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Very interesting for our grandchildren aged 6 and 9,who had no idea that kids as young as 7 used to be put in prison.or that conditions used to be so grim.The adults had been before,and the exhibits havent changed for a few years so perhaps its time for a refurbishment....the court scene in particular is looking very shabby

Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I visited the small but quaint Inveraray recently with a friend on week day in August 2014 ....I had been once been before when I visited the jail ...So we just looked around the shop attached and around the small village..It was just under £10 to go around the Jail we didn't find out till later that coach trips get... More

Darlington, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We visited in the pouring rain, but it by no means spoiled the experience. All of the staff were there to enhance the atmosphere in costume and in character; thus we met with a poor girl who was incarcerated for thieving, had we only had a bit of gin to make her happy... recommend a visit there.

Marjoca
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Enjoyed the visit especially the actors who added a touch of realism to the attraction. Went with a mixed group, 4,8 & 14 & they all enjoyed. You can take the dog too!

London
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Pretty good set up and interesting if a little unusual. Having a couple of real life actors walking round helps to get people engaged with it a bit more although wonder if they could make more of the court room. Mildly gruesome in places for young children.

London
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245 reviews 245 reviews
65 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is one of the 'must do' attractions in Inverary. The jail has been restored well and has lots for the visitor to see. There are some character actors to interact with, photos to be taken and a court room to join in the trial with. It's a little cliched but everyone there seemed to enjoy it. Worth a visit.

Stirling, United Kingdom
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111 reviews 111 reviews
75 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

My kids loved it all but I think that they secretly think it was all made up by adults to make sure that children behave themselves. Took a lot of persuading to make them believe this was how it used to be!

Livingston, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

A fascinating insight to our prisons in the past the actors playing characters make the visit. A few gruesome and sad stories about in- mates of the past, a bit of leg work required some steep steps but well worth the effort.

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