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Wicklow Gaol
Wicklow Gaol

Wicklow Gaol

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Kilmantin Hill, Wicklow Town, Ireland

The Basics

Wicklow Gaol can be visited as part of a day tour, during which participants can explore parts of the premises and meet costumed characters, such as Mary Morris the matron, and her husband the warden. Adult-only night tours featuring actors wearing period costume showcase the darkened prison at its eeriest. There are also paranormal tours of the prison that investigate ghostly activity.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wicklow Gaol is a must for anyone with an interest in the darker side of Irish history.

  • A café and wine bar at the site is open for dinner Friday and Saturday nights.

  • Night tours and paranormal tours are recommended only for those age 18 and over.

  • Wicklow Gaol is not wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

Wicklow Gaol is about an hour’s drive south of Dublin city center via the M50 and N11. Car-free travelers can take the train to Wicklow station, which is about 1 mile (2 kilometers) away from the jail. Alternatively, Dublin Bus route 133 departs from Eden Quay in Dublin city center and stops at Wicklow Gaol.

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When to Get There

Wicklow Gaol is busiest in summer, when many tour buses stop there. This is a mostly indoor attraction, making it an excellent rainy-day activity.

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More to See and Do in Wicklow

On the eastern edge of Wicklow town overlooking the coast lie the scant ruins of Black Castle, a 12th-century Norman fortress. The promontory where the ruins sit affords excellent views of the coast. Another popular attraction that’s just 15 minutes’ drive from Wicklow Gaol is the 22-acre (9-hectare) Mount Usher Gardens, where trails wind alongside the River Vartry past a wide variety of trees and plants, including rhododendrons, magnolias, camellias, and eucalyptus.

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