Inveraray Jail is one of three Scottish attractions operated by a small company, Visitor Centres Limted. It is one of the finest and best preserved Jail and Courtroom complexes in the world. This unique collection of historic buildings is brought to life by real characters from the Jail’s past. It is run by a small, friendly team of admission shop assistants and costumed prison guides. It is open all year round.
Visitors can experience the true stories of what life was like for the men, women and children – some as young as seven – who were tried and locked up here all those years ago.
Visitors can witness the many forms of punishment used before the days of civilised courts. Discover how criminals were branded with hot irons or even had their ears nailed to a post! In the spectacular courtroom, visitors can their seat and listen to actual trials held in this room. They can walk the narrow corridors of the Old Prison and see the cramped, overcrowded cells and be shocked at the young children in a cell next to the lunatic.
Also, visitors can compare the old prison with the new built in 1848.Try out the hammocks and the wooden beds, get strapped onto the Whipping Table or take a turn on the Crank Wheel. Discover the gripping stories of many of the prisoners held here. Explore the prison grounds, get locked up in the Airing Yards used for the prisoners exercise, visit the Jail kitchen and search over 4,000 prisoner records.