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Address: Church Square, Inveraray PA32 8TX, Scotland
Phone Number: 01499 302381
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Description: 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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Fantastic way to spend a couple of hours

Have visited before but, then, didn't really have the chance to properly read all the fascinating info or simply take my time to take everything in- not this time though! First of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Have visited before but, then, didn't really have the chance to properly read all the fascinating info or simply take my time to take everything in- not this time though! First of all- book via the website - it is cheaper. The two "guards" on duty were brilliant - even although they locked us in the exercise yard! let them... More 

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Midland, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We visited the jail recently while on a tour out of Greenock. The jail is actually quite large so allow about 40 minutes or so, at a minimum. We could have stayed much longer but that is all of the time that the tour allowed for the visit. It was so interesting to read the stories of people who had... More 

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Littlehampton, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Although the Jail is fairly small, it provides a very interesting insight into local history. The displays are well set out and include snippets from cases heard locally and from the lives of the inmates. The costumed guides add to the atmosphere of the place. Well worth a visit.

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Bury
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The Jail is well set out and informative it gives a good insight into what life was like when it was an operational Jail.

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Preston
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Atmospheric and informative! On a cold and windy day we were pleasantly surprised at how much there was to see and how much it told us about the history of crime and punishment in Scotland

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

First time visit to inveraray jail and was most interesting and was steeped in histroy which made you think how things have changed since then, a bit spooky and going up the steps and into the cells made me think of how many people had climbed them going to their cells years ago gave me a funny feeling of being... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

Thought the jail experience was excellent as it showed what life was like for inmates at different stages of time. The information boards show how attitudes have really changed and how the sentence for fairly minor crimes could be really harsh. Enjoyed talking to the prisoners in their cells!

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Hednesford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Superb place to spend a couple of hours....serves as a grim reminder to how things used to be...... Walk around the old and new jails..walk the landings & into the cells.....get a feel for how it was. The chap in the prisoners costume deserves a special mention..he was great. Just like going back in time. Gifts were a bit pricey....but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Went with my wife and two year old and it was a great experience. Staff were brilliant from the minute we walked in and the jail is well kept and teaches a lot about punishment back then. Well worth the visit. We also took our dog who was made to feel welcome and no problems taking him - both inside... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Only had 20 mins -as was on a coach from Dunoon -- But got up to 3rd floor and new jail on ground floor - Great I made the time - You need to vist the court room - Enjoyed my time in jail

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