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Ruthin Gaol, Ruthin

(4.6/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
Ruthin Gaol is a Pentonville style prison in Ruthin, Denbighshire. Ruthin Gaol ceased to be a prison in 1916 when the prisoners and guards were transferred to Shrewsbury. The County Council bought the buildings in 1926 and used part of them for offices, the county archives, and the town library. During the Second World War the prison buildings were used as a munitions factory, before being handed back to the County Council, when it was the headquarters of the Denbighshire Library Service. In 2004 the Gaol was extensively renovated and reopened as a museum.
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  • Enjoyed a good day out finding out life as an criminal behind bars. What they ate and if where they ranked as class. Believe it or not this all effected how they were treated & fed. Not what they did!...  more »
  • My two children (13 and 8) and I spent a brilliant couple of hours here today. The gaol is restored beautifully and there is the right balance of written information and exhibits. Woman at the ticket ...  more »
  • We were lucky the day we went it wasnt raining but would be good if it was. Not a lot to do in Ruthin so nice place to visit. The history is great and we really enjoyed it. Good place for children too...  more »
  • . A very pleasant surprise for all the extended family when we visited here. A family with ages ranging from 4 to 72, we had a most pleasant visit to this old jail. For the young ones, there was a Teddy Bear Hunt to carry out, jigsaws to do, books, painting, and models with cut-out faces to make a photo opportunity. For the older ones, there was excellent information all round the jail, with interesting displays and everything very well explained. I dislike any exhibition where you don't get told what is what, but never had this problem here. There were cells set out as they would have been in times past, a big old bathroom (with a concrete bath!), a coffin, schoolroom, condemned cell, loads and loads of prisoner records to browse (your great-great-grandfather was here?), models dressed as prisoners, details of their daily routine, their diet. Fascinating! The staff at Reception were unfailingly kind and helpful - another big plus. Diolch! .
  • Large building but only a small section accesdible
  • Great day out very interesting