On Friday night we went on a night tour of Wicklow Gaol – highly recommended, really entertaining and very moving.
Oh, and creepy.
It’s known as one of the most haunted places in Ireland. Actors in period costume greet you, introduce you to the gaol and its history and, oh yes, follow you around scaring the bejaysus out of you!
At one point, my best friend E and I were standing in a cell (a tiny tiny dark cell) reading something on the wall, when a convict crept up behind us silently, leaned in between us and said, in a whisper “do you have any money?”
Screams, jumps, minor cardiac incidents, general hillarity for everyone else. 😀
Overall its a fantastic experience. Especially at night. The actors are amazing, the gaol is really well organised, fascinating and very very moving.
I stood in one room and it felt like my breath had been stolen from me, in another and I just wanted to cry, on the deck of a model of a transport ship where the slope of the deck and the sound of the quays made me feel like I was standing on a ship at sea.
And one room… oh man… it was weird. Like you walked in and the pressure completely changed, closing in around you.
Did I see anything? No. But there are lots of orbs in my photos. Whatever those orbs might be. You can make up your own minds 🙂
Btw, the people in 18th/19th century prison clothes… yes, they would be the actors. Honest. 😉
Awesome research material. Awesome night out.