Wicklow’s Historic Gaol is an interactive experience that visitors will never forget.

The renowned Wicklow’s Historic Gaol stands majestic on Killmantin Hill, in the charming seaside town of Wicklow. ‘Experience’ is at the heart of the programme of historic, interactive and entertaining visitor activities at Wicklow’s Historic Gaol.

NEW Ireland’s Premier Virtual Reality Experience
GATES OF HELL Virtual Reality Tour
This fully immersive experience will transport visitors back in time to Wicklow Gaol in the 1700’s – a grim 3-dimensional world of corruption, rebellion & dark dungeons.
Some of the Gaol’s most notorious prisoners will feature & there may even be a guest appearance from one of the Haunted Gaol’s famous ghosts!

Visit the reconstructed ship that transported some of the 50,000 lrish people as convicts to Australia. Discover the inmates’ true stories from children to murderers.

For the paranormally inclined there is a haunted night tour where the prisoners will walk the corridors with you and, if you are brave enough, there is also a ‘Sleep Over in the Gaol’ option.

The extensive menu of original adventures ensures a visit to Wicklow’s Historic Gaol will be a major highlight of any visit to lreland.

  • New GATES OF HELL Virtual Reality Tour
  • An interactive and entertaining experience guaranteed!
  • Dramatic re-enactments from costumed characters
  • A Haunted Night Tour for the brave
  • The ‘Sleep Over in the Gaol’ option
  • A re-constructed transport ship like those that brought Irish convicts to Australia

Open Daily Year Round

See website for opening times.

Closed: During the Christmas period and Good Friday


Admission Rates Apply

See the website for admission prices. 


Useful Information

Check out their range of facilities, services, accessibility and other useful information.

DINING / REFRESHMENTS: The Jailer Rest Café, wine bar and bistro is open every Friday & Saturday night from 17:00 until late, serving light bites and main meals.

SHOPPING: Gift shp selling t-shirts, postcards, books, posters and memorabilia.

PARKING: Car and coach parking available on-site.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: The Gaol is not wheelchair accessible due to uneven flagstones, staircases and 3 levels. There is an accessible toilet.

GROUPS: Pre-booking for groups is advisable. Brochures available in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and Irish.


  • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017
  • Jailer’s Rest Restaurant awarded ‘Taste of Place’ certificate in 2018
Getting There

From Dublin City:
Follow signs for Wexford, then Wicklow. Take the N11 south until exit 16; then take the R772 to Rathnew for 1km. Take the R750 to Wicklow for 3.5km, turn right in Market Square, drive up Kilmantin Hill and take first left into Wicklow Gaol.

From Rosslare Harbour:
Follow signs for Dublin, then Wicklow. Take the N25 north until the Drinagh Roundabout, take the first exit onto the N25 until the New Ross roundabout. Take the second exit onto the N11 until The Beehive exit (87km); take the R751 until it ends at Abbey Street, turn right onto Abbey Street and drive straight. Then turn right in Market Square, drive up Kilmantin Hill and take first left into Wicklow Gaol.

From Cork:
Follow signs for Dublin, then Wicklow. Take the M8 northbound and then the M7 to Dublin. At the M50, head southbound until the N11 interchange (junction 17) and then follow the driving directions from Dublin (above).

From Belfast:
Follow signs for Dublin, then Wicklow. Take the M1 southbound out of Belfast. At junction 8, head southbound on the A1, which turns into the N1/M1 across the border. Drive south until Dublin (junction 1) and take the full circuit of the M50 until the N11 interchange (junction 17). Follow driving directions from Dublin (above).

Map Location: 52.978887, -6.037301
Contact Wicklow’s Historic Gaol

Kilmantin Hill, Wicklow Town, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Eircode: A67 FA49
T: +353 (0)404 61599
E: info@wicklowshistoricgaol.com
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