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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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And it was still raining...

But it didn't matter, the majority of the visit was inside. Worth a couple of hours - well presented, very informative and a salutary lesson in what we, as the current... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

But it didn't matter, the majority of the visit was inside. Worth a couple of hours - well presented, very informative and a salutary lesson in what we, as the current generation, have a lot to count our blessings about. Whilst some of the subjects were a tad depressing, someone had taken the trouble to inject subtle humour into many... More 

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Pontypridd, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Visited Inveraray Jail with my partner to pass some time prior to checking into our hotel. Neither of us would describe ourselves as musem enthusiasts, so we weren't entirely sure what to expect. The museum staff have done a great job of bringing the place to life - we laughed every time we mistook mannequins for real people and marvelled... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We hadn't planned on visiting Inveraray Jail, but are so glad we did. The staff, dressed in period costume, were friendly, and happily discussed some interesting aspects of the old and new jails with us. We particularly enjoyed the dramatisation in the courtroom. The sound effects in the jail really added to the atmosphere. Very enjoyable all round!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

We unfortunately arrived after a tour bus, so walking round the first part was pretty slow and crowded. The court room sequence was pretty boring and the models quite old and tired looking. Things for much better after. The jail rooms themselves were very interesting, and we wandered around happliy taking the vibe in. It was quite busy and claustrophobic,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

We spent an hour or so finding out all about the History of this jail.We entered the cells where we found out about the Inmates which included Woman and children.I'd no idea how easy it was in those days to end up in prison.There's a court room with wax models where you can sit and here stories of real trials.Worth... More 

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Coventry
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Well worth a visit. Staff very informative, friendly and welcoming. Plenty of information available to read throughout the buildings. Opens eyes as to how 'criminals' were treated - some were just hungry children who were living and to mouth. Courtroom scene where you can sit and listen to the 'case being tried'. Lost of stairs to negotiate so not for... More 

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Beith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The staff (or perhaps volunteers) dressed in period costume explaining various aspects of the prison, and the courtroom scene with audio recording were an added bonus.

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Westcliff-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

A very enjoyable visit despite the rain. Good displays and interesting legends. court room itself is great with sound track and life like dummies. Charge was reasonable, an hour well spent, would be happy to revisit.

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Stornoway, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

It was a truly moving experience and all who went to the jail from our party really enjoyed the history behind it. The staff were so helpful and friendly. Would recommend a visit to anyone going to Inverary. Mary Macleod

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Displays cases were well done with enough information without being too wordy. Pictures and models were quite scary and gruesome - great for kids. The court room was a surprise with fabulous dummies of spectators and court officials with a soundtrack of trials. I think I recognised some of the spectators...... It was another surprise to find actor staff in... More 

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