Tarbert Bridewell Courthouse & Jail Museum

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Tarbert Bridewell Courthouse & Jail Museum

Tarbert Bridewell Courthouse & Jail Museum
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
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09:30 - 16:30
Monday
09:30 - 16:30
Tuesday
09:30 - 16:30
Wednesday
09:30 - 16:30
Thursday
09:30 - 16:30
Friday
09:30 - 16:30
Saturday
09:30 - 16:30
Sunday
10:00 - 16:00
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Step back in time with us at Tarbert Bridewell. Built in 1831, for more than 100 years Tarbert Bridewell stood as the county’s courthouse and jail. Symbolic of the harsh and inefficiently cruel justice system of 19th Century Ireland, Tarbert Bridewell now houses an informative and immersive showcase of what is was like to live in 1800’s Kerry. Understand Irish history through Tarbert Bridewell’s life-size re-enactments and new audio-visual experience. Be enraptured by the numerous tales of hardship, suffering and loss. Explore the jail cells of Tarbert where people slept and the courthouse where they were trialled. Hear the stories of our past. We dare you not to learn something new!
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Claire K
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Oct 2021
Very interesting and informative. The tour was very engaging and brought the harrowing stories to life. The building itself, which is of such historical importance, is beautifully preserved. Well worth a trip!
Written 1 November 2021
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Margaruite reen
Ireland7 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Very interesting muesuem. The figures they use are very lifelike and really makes you understand what the people went through around the time of the famine.
Written 17 August 2020
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JSFitz68
Dublin, Ireland9 contributions
Aug 2020
We stopped off here on a rainy day while on holidays in Kerry. The tour is done in an engaging manner and the lives of the prisoners who passed through are illustrated really well. It’s a short tour (around 30 minutes).
Written 17 August 2020
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Bradford S
Rye, NY12 contributions
Oct 2019
We stopped here after getting off the Tarbert ferry- it’s a mile or less from the ferry terminal and right on the main road. Really well restored building and interesting interactive displays of the prisoners, jailkeeper, and court house. Worth the stop, and only takes about 45 mins to see everything...
Written 15 October 2019
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Conor M
Dublin, Ireland5 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
I visited Tarbert Bridewell in April of this year with my wife and two kids. The people are exceptionally friendly, the tea and scone was super tasty and we really enjoyed the short self guided tour that gives a wonderful insight into Ireland during very difficult and historic times.

A great place to spend an hour before or after crossing on the ferry.
Written 18 May 2019
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Tommie69
England33 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
Spent a pleasant hour here today. Interesting history and good restoration. Excellent hospitality from the staff, who were very friendly and helpful. Cosy cafe at the end of our visit, with delicious hot chocolate!
Written 23 October 2018
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OldMillLass
Newcastle West, Ireland37 contributions
Jul 2018
The lady in the adjacent coffee shop gave us a quick overview of the origin of the Bridewell & life in it. Lovely restoration job was carried out. Entry was €5 per person. A good overview of life in Tarbert was given. Ample parking. Other local attractions include Leslie House and the ferry crossing.
Makes for an interesting afternoon.
Written 4 August 2018
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JeroenMuris
Rotterdam, The Netherlands66 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
On the way from Tralee to Limerick we visited this little gem. Restored after a local initiative and taken care of by volunteers this gives a good impression of these kind of prisons in Ireland and their context.
Written 30 July 2018
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Derek P
Barrow-in-Furness, UK83 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
We actually came across The Birdwell whilst looking for a toilet! The staff were great and we had a coffee and chat when they gave us ideas as to what to do in the area. One of the ideas was to do the Fairy Walk which I recommend to all.
As it was late in the day it was too late to go into the museum so we went back the next day. We had a personal tour guide who was great. We had a great tour, given time to explore ourselves as well. After yet more cake and coffee we left to move on to another part of the Wild Atlantic Way
Written 9 July 2018
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kenneth_hodge
Southampton, UK104 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
Visited this attraction whilst in the area - what a different world we live in - 7 days in prison for trespass or sent to Australia for minor theft - how times have changed - very educational and great for children
Written 12 May 2018
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Tarbert Bridewell Courthouse & Jail Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 - 16:00
  • Mon - Sat 09:30 - 16:30
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