Inveraray Jail


Church Square, Inveraray, Argyll, PA32 8TX

    Inveraray Jail is a living museum and visitor attraction where real people portray life in a 19th century prison.

    This award-winning attraction has established itself as one of Scotland's most exciting heritage attractions. Visitors can sit in the restored 1820s courtroom with lifelike models and listen to excerpts from trials of the past before passing pass on to the prisons below, and meeting with the Warder, Matron and Prison Guides, all dressed in period costumes.

    Roam the airing yards, see furnished cells and experience authentic prison sounds and smells. Other exhibitions include "Torture Death and Damnation", "In Prison Today", "The Introduction of Photography" and "Katie" - the Governor's Cow.

    Visit the information room and see the prison cooking facilities, before passing through the gift shop, full of exclusive souvenir items, books and gifts with prices to suit all pockets.

    For those visitors who use hearing aids, the Courtroom is fitted with an Induction Loop and disabled visitors in wheelchairs are allowed into the ground floors.

    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Opening Times
    1 Nov 2015 - 31 Mar 2016
    Day Times
    Monday 10:00 17:00
    Tuesday 10:00 17:00
    Wednesday 10:00 17:00
    Thursday 10:00 17:00
    Friday 10:00 17:00
    Saturday 10:00 17:00
    Sunday 10:00 17:00
    Opening Times
    1 Apr 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
    Day Times
    Monday 09:30 18:00
    Tuesday 09:30 18:00
    Wednesday 09:30 18:00
    Thursday 09:30 18:00
    Friday 09:30 18:00
    Saturday 09:30 18:00
    Sunday 09:30 18:00

    November to March 10.00am to 5.00pm*
    April to October 9.30am to 6.00pm*
    *Last entry one hour before closing
    Closed Christmas Day & New Years Day


    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome Under 5's free


    • ASVA Member
    • Hearing Loop Available in the Courtroom


    • Coastal Location
    • Rural Location
    • Town Centre
    • Town Location
    • Village Location
    • Waterfront Location Situated on the shore of Loch Fyne

    Special Requirements

    • Coach Parties Welcome Group rates available
    • Dogs Welcome Dogs must be on a lead. Free entry!
    • Families
    • Groups Welcome Group rates available
    • Pets Welcome
    • School Groups Welcome


    • Toilets

    Leisure Facilities

    • Gift Shop

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
    • Delta Card
    • Mastercard
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Accessible Parking or Drop Off Point Public disabled parking available directly in front of the Jail
    • Coach Parking Off-site / street Coach Park available short distance away.
    • On Public Transport Route Citylink Buses from Glasgow, Oban and Campbeltown
    • Parking
    • Public Parking Nearby Extensive parking both free and paid available.

    Transport within Scotland

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • the gift shop
      • the ticket issuing point


    • There is an audible alarm system
    • Routes / pathways throughout the attraction suitable for wheelchair users
      • some routes
    • Where appropriate there is a hearing loop system [e.g. ticket counter/ gift shop]

    Attraction Entrance

    • There are steps to the main entrance
      • Number of steps 0


    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Within about 50 metres of the attraction

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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