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Inveraray Jail

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Address: Main Street, Inveraray PA32 8TX, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1499 302381
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Step back almost two centuries and discover the stories of the real people...

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!

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Glad I wasn't locked up in this place!

Really good attraction which is very well maintained! Think we should make a point of taking all our children to these places so they can really understand the harsh treatment of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Polperro, United Kingdom
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Polperro, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Really good attraction which is very well maintained! Think we should make a point of taking all our children to these places so they can really understand the harsh treatment of the prisoner's from the past! Lovely little town in a gorgeous loch side setting.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was expecting very little from this but urge you to give it a go, excellent value for money, we took approximately an hour and a half to get around, well worth it on a dreich day and there are plenty of these in Inveraray!!

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Thank Jock A
Burnley, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great for adults and children alike. Gives you a great insight into the conditions that prisoners had to endure 2 centuries ago!

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Thank Tommmo45
Scotland, United Kingdom
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129 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was surprised at this attraction! It's quite well kept and really interesting. The audio devices (free) were really high tech and impressive. Guides you through perfectly. Takes around an hour. Make sure you book tickets online, you save about £1.50 per person and this can be done just before you go really as you just need the email confirmation... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Inverary Prison is easy to find; it is in the middle of the town which is situated on the northern shores of Loch Fyne. The jail ( as they spell it) is open all the year unlike the castle. Entry can be a bit expensive, but is cheaper if you are on a coach tour as we were. It... More 

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Jailer32, Manager at Inveraray Jail, responded to this review

Many thanks for your kind review. I would like to clarify that the Jail is operated by a private company and not Historic Scotland. The three unique historic buildings are fully maintained and operated entirely by the revenue from the admission price. Thank you. More 

Rainford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Inveraray jail is not a massive tourist attraction , but it is certainly a very interesting one. The tour is made the more interesting with the use of a hand held recorded guide with headphones. I was amazed at the lack of space the inmates had to endure for quite lengthy sentences for relatively minor offences by today's standards. A... More 

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South Wales
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed listening to the history of this jail via the audio headsets provided with the cost of entry. Worth a visit even if you have to take a while to get there as the views are amazing.

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Thank Losing_Me
ayrshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth a visit although I think a little bit expensive dogs go in for free though there's a fantastic courtroom and audio guide explains everything needed, there's lots of information throughout the jail and some good fun had.

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Thank radiomn
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27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

This place is great for the family if you like history... There's so many interesting things to see and it give you an experience of how things were back then and how they were treated. Loved it :) will be back...

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Esslingen am Neckar, Deutschland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

This is a great visit! It is a bit expensive but you get the audio guide for free and though it is a small prison it is packed with exhibits and information. In every cell you can find either information or something else to see. The staff is friendly and helpful.

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