Family Happy Hour at Wicklow’s Historic Gaol
Not for the faint hearted, Wicklow Gaol tells the story of its prisoners through an interactive tour led by experienced and passionate actor guides.
On a visit kids and their adults can experience holographic projections of cruel prison guards, life-like mannequins of major historic figures and state of the art audio-visual systems recreate the sounds of the defiant cries of the 1798 rebels, The Famine era, the War of Independence and the Civil War.
There is a replica two deck transportation ship to explore via a holographic interaction with the ship’s captain as visitors climb aboard the torturous 200-day journey to Van Diemen’s Land. Iconic historic figures including Robert Erskine Childers (father of President Childers), Wicklow United Irishman Billy Byrne, the tragic female transportee Eliza Davis, Fr. Eoin McPhee – the first ever prisoner listed in the Gaol who was arrested for saying a Rock Mass – and many other unforgettable characters have entire cells dedicated to telling their stories, with imposing life-size figures and captivating audio-visual interpretation.