Apparently the prison was built to be as unwelcoming as possible to deter the poor from finding it more comfortable than their pitiable lives on the outside, and I should think with this one they definitely succeeded! Horrible place - cold, dank, dark and miserable, with pointless heavy labour. Very well preserved and the audio tour was very informative, and would have been even more helpful if it had in any way coincided with the numbers on the walls! This definitely needs fixing, because it is so annoying trying to find the correct talk that one eventually just gives up listening to it.
I was pleased we had done the Courthouse first as it meant we had some understanding of 'the guide', Richard Rowlands (who I think I called Richard Rogers in my review of Beaumaris Courthouse) and the awful fate that awaited him. The whipping room made one realise just how appalling a punishment it was, and the water treadmill looked exhausting. Glad I live in the 21st Century.
The staff were friendly and welcoming.
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