Belfast Telegraph

Armagh Gaol reincarnated as a new tourist attraction

By Claire Williamson

It's your last chance to take a step back in time on a tour of the historic Armagh Gaol. For a limited time one of Northern Ireland's most important landmark buildings has reopened – as a pop-up tourist attraction.

The gaol in the city is earmarked for a major redevelopment, which includes a hotel.

It was the primary women's prison in Northern Ireland until its closure in 1986.

The construction of the prison began in the 1780s, overseen by renowned architects Francis Cooley and William Murray.

It had three prisons – one for women, one for debtors and one for felons.

Yesterday guided tours of the gaol began and will take place throughout the day each Friday and Saturday from 10am.

Visitors will be informed about the gaol's history – including the executions that took place in the grounds. The last person executed there was Joseph Fee in 1904.

Guided tours run every Friday and Saturday between 10.30am and 4.30pm. Tickets can be pre-booked at or by calling 028 9035 7527.

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