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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: The only Pentonville prison open to the public
Just inside the main visitor entrance is the kitchen area. From there a passage leads to the main prison area, where cells have been set up to show different aspects of prison life. Some of the cells have life-sized waxwork figurs of prisoners, which are a bit startling until you realise they aren't real. One cell was set aside for 'dark punishment', which means that when the door was closed the prisoner was left in complete darkness.
Another cell is set up with a bath, which is pretty basic to say the least. Another cell shows where condemned prisoners were given the last rites before being led to their execution.
There were fascinating displays on the real-life prisoners who were sent to Ruthin. Among these was Coch Bach Y Bala, known as The Welsh Houdini for his amazing escapes from the law. On one occasion he picked 4 sets of locks and walked out the front door of the Gaol while his guards were sitting down to dinner.
About Ruthin Gaol
Address: 46 Clwyd Street, Ruthin, Denbighshire, Wales, LL15 1HP
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: There is a paid car park just off the A525, a short stroll away.
Website: Ruthin Gaol
Phone: 01824 708281
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Nantclwyd House (Nantclwyd y Dre) - 0.1 miles (Historic Building)
Ruthin Castle - 0.1 miles (Castle)
Ruthin Roman Fort - 0.1 miles (Roman Site)
Tomen-y-Rhodwydd - 1.3 miles (Castle)
Efenechtyd, St Michael's Church - 1.6 miles (Historic Church)
Garthgynan Garden - 2.2 miles (Garden)
Llanrhaeadr, St Dyfnog's Church and Holy Well - 4.2 miles (Historic Church)
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