Armagh Gaol

Places to See | Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Armagh Gaol is one of Northern Ireland’s most important historic buildings and a landmark building within the City of Armagh. As such it makes vital contribution to the townscape character of the Armagh Conservation Area and should be on your list of places to see in County Armagh.

Built principally between 1780 and 1852, Armagh Gaol was largely designed by two of Ireland’s most important architects, Francis Cooley and William Murray. The Gaol is Grade B+ listed and has lain vacant since its closure in 1988 and is presently on the Built Heritage at Risk (BHARNI) list. In order to safeguard the long-term future of the buildings for future generations, it is necessary to identify sustainable and appropriate new uses for the Gaol.

The gaol actually comprised three prisons – one for women, one for debtors and one for felons. Executions were common at the gaol. At first these took place publicly in the gaol square but were later moved behind the impressive prison walls. The last man to be executed at Armagh gaol was Joseph Fee in 1904.

At present there is ongoing construction work at the site and it is closed to the public, so the best way to see the site is by using our 360 panorama photographs.

Address:  Armagh Gaol, Gaol Square, Armagh, Co. Armagh

4 Responses to Armagh Gaol

  1. how do i get a tour of the womens jail

    tara sanders November 1, 2013 at 1:38 pm Reply
    • Hi Tara
      The Gaol isn’t always open to the public but I do believe thy do tours periodically. For information about Armagh Gaol contact Armagh City and District Council on 028 3752 9600 or email

      Hope this helps

      Thomas November 1, 2013 at 3:40 pm Reply
  2. Hello, I recently discovered that my paternal grandmother Jane Prendeville worked in the gaol in the 1890s.
    Could you give me any information on this
    Thank you
    Louis O’Donnell

    Louis O'Donnell January 11, 2015 at 11:32 am Reply
    • Hi Louis
      Did you ever receive a reply? I have a family member who worked at the gaol in the 1940s. Cas

      cas November 29, 2020 at 1:38 pm Reply

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