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Guided Jail Tour

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A Guided Tour With A Difference!

If you are interested in learning about the history of law and disorder in Donegal during the past, then the Guided Jail Tour of Lifford Old Courthouse is the perfect way to do it. To begin your visit of the historic cells you are charged, sentenced, fingerprinted and shown your new surroundings. Over the next hour you’ll get a glimpse into life in Donegal’s historic jail.

You won’t just be told about the cramped conditions, the painful punishments and the disgusting diet, you will get to experience them for yourself. Fun and informative, this is a guided tour with a difference and perfect for all ages.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I book?

Simply click BOOK NOW and select the date and time you would like to book for here on our website.  For group or school bookings you can contact us here

How long does the tour last?

Depending on group size your tour generally lasts between 40-60 minutes.

How many people can take a tour?

Our tour sizes range from 2 to 20 people for single tours.  Our minimum number required for a booking is 2 people.  For larger bookings you can contact us.

Can I ask questions?

Yes!  We actively encourage it.  Our tour guides are passionate about history and love it when visitors ask questions.

What should I wear?

We recommend wearing warm clothing, particularly during the colder months.  Flat shoes are also preferable.

Is it fun?

We hope so!  Our tours are intended to be informative and fun.  Our tour guides are able to cater tours to each individual group, so whether you’re a history buff or someone who is just interested in a fun day out, we’ll be able to meet your needs.

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Full of Information

Went there today as a family of four, kids 14 and 12 and it was fantastic! We had lunch (lovely food and staff) before we did the tour. Our Gaoler/Guide was fantastic. He was helpful, funny, friendly and full of information. I couldn’t recommend the place highly enough. We had a fabulous day.

August 2022

Friendly Local Staff

An amazing building & fascinating tour. The cells are recreated incredibly vividly and detailed, I would highly recommend. The cafe offers lovely food priced very reasonably, special mention for the absolutely delicious cappuccino I happily consumed! The staff were local and could not have been friendlier. A very enjoyable afternoon!

July 2022

Amazing time as a group

We came from England and had a tour of the courthouse with Patrick. He was so friendly and we had an amazing time as a group of 4! We then done the escape room and completed with 6 minutes to spare! Highly recommended!

October 2021

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A school tour with a difference that your class won’t forget in a hurry!

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This project is supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development and Pobal through the Community Services Programme.