School tour to thrill and stim­u­late stu­dents!

Bray People - - SCHOOL TOURS -

ARE YOU look­ing for an ex­pe­ri­ence for your stu­dents that is scary, his­tor­i­cal, ed­u­ca­tional, emo­tional and al­ways highly en­ter­tain­ing? Then look no fur­ther than Wick­low’s His­toric Gaol, known as the most haunted lo­ca­tion in Ire­land and fea­tured on both lo­cal and Na­tional ra­dio and on Na­tional and In­ter­na­tional TV.

Ac­tors in char­ac­ter, a life-size Tread wheel, a Hang­ing Cell, prisoners’ graf­fiti - and much more - will fur­ther im­prove an al­ready ex­cep­tional visi­tor at­trac­tion.

New for this year at Wick­low’s His­toric Gaol, is an ex­clu­sive ex­hi­bi­tion ded­i­cated to “Robert Ersk­ine Childers” fa­ther of the late Pres­i­dent Ersk­ine Childers.

Your brief in­car­cer­a­tion will start in the hands of the cor­rupt Gaoler, Richard Hoey, who will make you as com­fort­able as only he knows how, whilst he in­tro­duces you to early 18th cen­tury prison life. Then wan­der on through the cells and meet the other Gaol char­ac­ters, like Wolfe Tone and larger than life Mary Morris, who can be found set­ting out the daily rou­tine for the fe­male prisoners and warn­ing them of the pun­ish­ments for dis­obey­ing her or­ders. One such pun­ish­ment is the Tread wheel, a dreaded form of early pun­ish­ment in the prison sys­tem. Now, you too can stand on the Tread wheel and imag­ine the pain of spend­ing five mo­not­o­nous hours turn­ing the wheel.

The orig­i­nal Gaol dun­geon is open for vis­i­tors to see the flog­ging cell, while the more coura­geous have the op­por­tu­nity to en­ter the soli­tary con­fine­ment cell and ex­pe­ri­ence the des­per­a­tion and ter­ror of those who had to en­dure the pun­ish­ment.

Fi­nally, just as your brief stay at Wick­low Gaol comes to a close and you think you will be re­leased - have you con­sid­ered that you might be trans­ported to New South Wales? Aboard the “Her­cules”, un­der the cap­taincy of the psychotic Luckyn Betts, you will learn of the cru­elty and con­di­tions en­dured by the prisoners on this 6 month jour­ney…

The Halpin Mu­seum is also housed in the Gaol, and many vis­i­tors are now en­joy­ing “The Halpin Trail” through Wick­low Town af­ter their Gaol visit. There is also a newly re­fur­bished bistro cafe to re­lax and re­fresh af­ter your ar­du­ous or­deal!

Group Rates: €4.25 per school stu­dent. 1 leader free with 10 stu­dents.

We also have stu­dent work­sheets avail­able. We are sit­u­ated in Wick­low Town, 50 min­utes from the cen­tre of Dublin and an hour from Wex­ford.

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