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.Arrange your visit to Ruthin Gaol and discover more family-friendly attractions in Ruthin using our Ruthin day trip planning app .
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Ruthin Gaol Reviews
Stephanie HAugust 14, 2017
We were really pleasantly surprised at how interesting Ruthin Gaol is. We visited because we had some time to waste but for £5.00 it was excellent value for money and really interesting! Highly recomm... more »
Blackdog1000August 7, 2017
Just been to Ruthin Gaol and it's excellent. Chose a time when we knew there were people on hand to answer questions and they were very knowledgeable. Not at all expensive to get in (£5 per adult) and... more »
Emma TAugust 5, 2017
Very interesting if you're into a bit of history. Only a few cells to have a look in but they've packed a lot into them with a lot of stories to read and articles to have a look at, like old handcuffs... 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! .
Great day out for the whole family! :)
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