Media release: Refurbishment closes Inveraray Jail for first time in 21 years

FROM Tuesday 4th to Saturday 15th January 2011, Argyll visitor attraction, Inveraray Jail, will close its doors to the public as improvements are made to the building.

This will be the first time the 19th century courthouse and prison has closed for more than one day since it re-opened as a visitor attraction 21 years ago in 1989.

The renovation includes a complete overhaul of the Inveraray Jail gift shop and customer toilets.

The attraction has to temporarily close as main thoroughfares will be blocked during the renovation.

Gavin Dick, prison governor at the jail, said: “We are looking forward to seeing our new and improved customer facilities.

“As a privately-run business, the maintenance and upkeep of the historic building is 100 per cent our responsibility. We are passionate about keeping this part of Argyll history in tip-top condition whilst ensuring the best facilities and experience for our visitors. We’re sorry for any inconvenience our short term closure may cause in the meantime.”

Inveraray Jail will re-open to the public at 10am, Saturday 15th January 2011. Real life warders, matrons and prisoners bring the 19th century prison alive.

Visitors can try out prison beds and hammocks in the old and new prisons, sit in on a trial in the spectacular courtroom, sample the brutal 19th century prison punishments and search through prison records for their naughty ancestors.

The privately-run attraction is open all year round.

For more information on Inveraray Jail please visit the jail website on or call 01499 302381.


Notes for editors:

Inveraray Jail:

  • Inveraray Jail is a superb visitor attraction with interest and excitement for all ages. Visitors can tour at their own leisure. There are also great family deals and concessions for seniors and groups.
  • The Royal Burgh of Inveraray lies on the beautiful banks of Loch Fyne in Argyll. From Glasgow take the A82 North along Loch Lomond to Tarbet and then take the A83 round the head of Loch Fyne to Inveraray. Allow one-and-a half hours.

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