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“Horrible place - glad we were only visiting!”
Review of Beaumaris Gaol

Beaumaris Gaol
Ranked #4 of 24 things to do in Beaumaris
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 5, 2014

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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Reviewed July 1, 2014

An interesting museum to visit with several scenes to view, friendly and knowledgable staff on hand if needed.Probably not a place for the younger generation.The gaol is set slightly away from the main road in Beaumaris and was not easy to find as signposts appeared to point the way then vanish, took us 3 attempts to find the gaol with poor parking available.

1  Thank maddog190462
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Reviewed June 25, 2014

This is a great, if kinda gloomy attraction. Staff were friendly and helpful, facilities were good and the history of the gaol itself fascinating. Recommended!

Thank Lesley B
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Reviewed June 23, 2014

Great place to visit, very informative staff.
plenty of information given by handset while touring the gaol
the etchings on the window panes made it all feel very real to me
think about how people actually survived in these austere places

2  Thank holidayjunkie35
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Reviewed June 21, 2014

This tour is by audio guide and did provide some points of interest. We were a bit hampered by nesting gulls who were fierce about protecting their young so we had to miss parts of the tour.

Thank busybee60
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