Tarbert Bridewell Visitor Centre

 Tarbert Bridewell is open 7 days from March to September from 10am to 6pm.The Bridewell also offers a coffee shop, gift shop and tourist information point. Guided tours are available for groups. Tel: 068 36500. It is located on the road to the ferry just 100 metres from Keldun House bed and breakfast.

Tarbert Bridewell

Tarbert Bridewell, in Tarbert county Kerry, was a courthouse and a jail from the 1830's to the 1950's. It is a magnificent stone building built around 1831. It was one of six Bridewells built in Kerry and the only building of that era that could be restored.

The system and network of Bridewells in the 19th. century formed the main element in the administration of justice in Ireland at that time. Using the story of a man arrested for stealing to feed his family, the Tarbert Bridewell Courthouse and Jail tells the story of this system.

You will meet the accused, share his anguish, witness the rough justice of Ireland in the 1830's, see the exercise yard, keeper's quarters and the courtroom with its amplification depicting the harsh voice of the judiciary handing down the sentence to the accused.

There are life size figures depicting the lives of people back in the famine days.

There is a room devoted to Dr. Thomas MacGreevy, a renowned poet and writer who was born in Tarbert, where you can sit down and watch a video on his life.

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