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Inveraray Jail, Inveraray

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Experience 19th-century prison life in Scotland at Inveraray Jail. Originally opened in 1820, the prison now houses a living museum where you can observe the lives of the many men, women, and children who were incarcerated here. Tour a cell block and sit in a prisoner's cot, or sit in on a trial in the original courtroom, which boasts views of the surrounding loch. Meet the warden and talk to several prisoners to hear firsthand accounts of the happenings and history of the prison. You can book online to participate in one of the prison’s nighttime ghost tours, as the jail is well known as one of Scotland’s most haunted locations. Using our online itinerary creator, Inveraray attractions like Inveraray Jail can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Don't get me wrong the history is amazing and the audio commentary very good but although we aren't stingy people we still felt for an average of one hour visit it was pricey.  more »
  • Gives a really good insight into highland justice in the 18th and 19th Centuries. The court room is very impressive and the story in the back ground is very entertaining.  more »
  • Spent a good few hours in the jail and found it very interesting. Was good to be able to see what the living conditions were like back then.  more »
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  • Great tour, with some nice props to help experience what it must have been like. Fairly expensive but still worth a visit. Staff were top notch, the lady behind the till was really helpful and welcoming. I did find that my audio Kept cutting off, at first i thought it had just stopped as it had got to the end of the audio tour, but then realised further around that the headphone cable was dodgy. A bit of twiddling would get it working again but it was a bit annoying to have to keep fiddling with the cable.
  • Great place to visit. Free audio provided for all of us! Very informative & well presented.
  • Interesting tour. Well managed. Friendly service
  • It's ok. Only took about 20 minutes to get round so haf to find something else to do for the rest of the day.
  • The headsets are very good, so as you stroll around you get a potted history of each part of the jail.

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