The New Prison, completed in 1848, was a model prison of its day.
It had twelve individual cells on three floors, a water closet on each floor, a washroom, accommodation for warders, storerooms and an exercise gallery.
The building was well ventilated and heated, and lit by gas, although at times, to save the expense of heating two buildings when there were few prisoners in the jail, one floor of this prison would be set aside for women.
The prison was designed to improve the character and maintain the health of its inmates, although the prisoners were kept in separate confinement, working, eating and sleeping in their individual cells.
The completion of the New Prison meant that the "separate system" of prison discipline could be introduced under which prisoners were not supposed to see or speak to each other at any time.
It was thought that by keeping them apart they would be reformed by the "influences of solitude, prayer, simple work and the ministrations of sober, upright God fearing attendants".
In practice, this system proved difficult to operate.
See for yourself when you visit Inveraray Jail
what life was like when you are locked up in your cell by the Warder and try out your wooden bed or hammock
Very well done - especially female prisoner. Would recommend this to anyone!
A Captivating Experience!
Mr Burns, Dumfries
Enjoyable day out. Good value for money.
Mr Annison, Derby
Great day out for all age groups!
The guides were really good to Jack (aged 9) and to Gran and Grandad.
It was very good. I especially liked trying out the hammock and the whipping table!
I thought the guard in the new jail was a dummy, till he moved!
My boyfriend seemed very amused at being able to lock me up and even whip me........!
The matron locked me in a cell, but I was cheeky!
The prison warder was a big hit with the children
Morning well spent.
Mrs Einstein, Haifa
The guides were really good. Well done!
Excellent, what else can I say!
Mrs Bell, Minto
Best attraction we've visited in a long time, thank you!
The Harrison Family
Enjoyed everything. Great having actual live actors.
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