Ruthin gaol located in Denbighshire is the only purpose-built Pentonville style prison that is open to the general public. Families can enjoy exploring every nook and cranny as they follow an audio tour and learn about life in a Victorian Prison system. Learn about the day to day life of a prisoner, their hard labour, punishments they endured and their diet. If you are brave enough maybe you could even go and explore the cells including the punishment, ‘dark’ and condemned cell.
Learn all about the Welsh Houdini and William Hughes who was the last man to be hanged there. The cells are full of information about all sorts of characters who were imprisoned here including children! Little inmates can have a go at dressing up in the dress up section and there are even some outfits in adults size so parents and carers can get involved in the fun and take some funny photos!
Don’t forget to bring history to life by using the ‘smell buttons’ so you can smell how the rooms would have smelt crammed full of those condemned. Families can also play some prison games if they wish and visit the exercise yard.
So for an educational day out with kids in North Wales, a visit to Ruthin Gaol is definitely a good choice when looking for things to do with kids. It will certainly keep the children occupied.
Additional information: *Open April to September. *Children under 5 go free.