The Old Prison
The Old Prison was completed in 1820 at the same time as the courthouse.
It was the principal jail of the county of Argyll and housed men, women and children, convicted and unconvicted prisoners as well as the sane and the insane in 8 cold, damp cells.
Conditions gradually improved after the Penal Reform Bill of 1838. The prison was inspected in 1840 by the new Inspector of Prisons for Scotland, Frederic Hill. He drew up a long list of improvements.
Shortly after his visit, one of the cells was converted into a washroom. In 1841, a new coal fired heating system and gas fittings for light were installed, improving conditions for the prisoners.
In 1849, all male prisoners were moved to the recently completed new prison
Compare the conditions of the Old Prison
to the New Prison
when you visit Inveraray Jail, and experience prison life for yourself when you are locked in your cell by the Warder
or escorted out to the Airing Yards
for your daily exercise.
Great day out for all age groups!
My boyfriend seemed very amused at being able to lock me up and even whip me........!
Best attraction we've visited in a long time, thank you!
The Harrison Family
A Captivating Experience!
Mr Burns, Dumfries
It was very good. I especially liked trying out the hammock and the whipping table!
Excellent, what else can I say!
Mrs Bell, Minto
Enjoyable day out. Good value for money.
Mr Annison, Derby
The prison warder was a big hit with the children
The matron locked me in a cell, but I was cheeky!
I thought the guard in the new jail was a dummy, till he moved!
Enjoyed everything. Great having actual live actors.
The guides were really good to Jack (aged 9) and to Gran and Grandad.
Very well done - especially female prisoner. Would recommend this to anyone!
Morning well spent.
Mrs Einstein, Haifa
The guides were really good. Well done!
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