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Guided Jail Tour

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.

Please note that at present the minimum number of people required for a Guided Tour booking is 2.

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Tours for Groups

With great craic guaranteed on our tour and delicious food on offer in our beautiful bistro, this will be a day that your group won’t forget! At just 15 miles away from both Derry and Letterkenny, it’s also the perfect location for exploring the area further.

Remember: We generally open Monday to Friday but can usually open any day or time to suit groups. Simply get in touch to check availability.

Group Tour Price (10+ People) – €6

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Tours for Families

Enjoy some quality family time exploring the historic jail cells at Lifford Old Courthouse.  Fun for all ages, this tour with a difference is guaranteed to be a great day out for the entire family.  At the end of the tour we’ll search our record book to see if any long lost relatives or namesakes might have spent time in our cells!

Complete your visit with a trip to The Courthouse Bistro where you’ll also find plenty of options for diners of all ages.

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Tours for School

Experience a tour with a difference at Lifford Old Courthouse as your students learn about life in Lifford Jail. Your students won’t just be told about the cramped conditions, the painful punishments and the disgusting diet, they’ll get to experience them!

As well as being terrific fun, our school tours are also great unique learning experiences and perfect year round, not just at the end of term.

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Where to find us

The Old Courthouse,
The Diamond, Lifford,
Co.Donegal, Ireland, F93 CD6F

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Office: +353 74 914 1733

Out of Office: +353 87 2669 257

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