Plans to turn Wick­low Gaol into tourist at­trac­tion gather pace

Au­gust 1994

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

Tor­ture, pun­ish­ment and prim­i­tive con­di­tions are set to re­turn to Wick­low Gaol ex­cept this time vis­i­tors will be glad to pay for the priv­i­lege.

The plan to turn Wick­low Gaol into a ma­jor tourist at­trac­tion was well re­ceived by Wick­low ur­ban Coun­cil­lors when pre­sented to them on Mon­day night. The con­sul­tants have an am­bi­tious £750,000 plan to in­ter­pret the gaol to vis­i­tors by recre­at­ing as­pects of prison life in the 18th and 19th cen­turies through the use of au­dio-vis­ual dis­play, cos­tumed staff and ac­tors and ar­eas where vis­i­tors can take part in ac­tiv­i­ties forced on in­mates be­fore prison re­forms were in­tro­duced.

The plan is the work of two Bri­tish firms, Brennan and Whal­ley Ltd and Derek Love­joy Touch­stone Ltd. It is pre­dicted that the Gaol will at­tract an an­nual 50,000-60,000 vis­i­tors by its third year in op­er­a­tion. It is ex­pected to open in early 1995 with run­ning costs to come to six fig­ures.

The con­sul­tants rec­om­mend an ad­mis­sion charge of £3.65 per adult.

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