Inveraray Jail Tours

Inveraray Jail
Paying admission to get locked in a barren cell? At Inveraray Jail, it is worth it. The former prison turned museum manages to bridge the gap between tourist attraction and meaningful infotainment and delves into the darker parts of Scottish history. Small as it was, Inveraray was the seat of the Duke of Argyll and thus, the town came to be of central importance. The prison and the courthouse were opened in 1820 and prisoners from all over the area were brought here, not only men, but also women and children. Due to overcrowding, an additional building had to be constructed but the whole jail eventually shut down in 1889, when larger prisons in the bigger cities took over.

A visit to Inveraray Jail includes a tour through the different wings of the prison and even a trial lock-up in the cells and courtyard cage. Visitors can read stories about the inmates who were locked up in those cells, sit in the restored courtroom and listen to trials and meet the warden and prison guards, all dressed up in authentic period costumes. Coincidentally, Inveraray Jail is believed to be one of the most haunted buildings in Scotland and has many ghost sightings to report.

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Inverary Jail is located in the small town of Inverary on the banks of Loch Fyne, about 90 kilometers north of Glasgow. The prison is open year round except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Opening hours in the summer months are from 9:30am to 6pm and from November till March from 10am to 5pm.
Address: Main Street, Inveraray, United Kingdom, Scotland
Hours: In the summer months, opening hours are from 9:30am to 6pm and from November till March from 10am to 5pm.
Admission: Adults £9.50, Children 5-16 £5.50, Children Under 5 are free
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Inveraray Jail Entrance Ticket

Explore one of the world’s most impressive jail and courtroom complexes with this Inveraray Jail entrance ticket. With commentary from your personal audio guide, walk through the jail complex at your own pace and gain insight into Scotland’s justice system over the centuries. Learn of the brutal forms of punishment used on criminals in centuries passed in the Torture, Death and Damnation exhibition. Read of courtroom trials from 150 years ago, visit the cells of the Old Prison and experience life behind bars in the Airing Yards.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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