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Lifford Old Courthouse
Lifford, Co. Donegal
Just 15 miles away from Letterkenny and 15 miles from Derry/Londonderry, lies Lifford, the historic capital of Donegal. The Old Courthouse was built in 1746 and was once home to some of the North West’s most wanted villains.

Today The Old Courthouse is home to a museum which has proved itself a firm favourite with all ages. Experience the life of a prisoner as you are arrested by a foul tempered prison guard and marched down into the original dungeons where you will mingle with a range of different prison characters in a live, one man show.

Stories of United Irishman James Napper Tandy, ‘Half Hanged’ MacNaghten and Mad Mary Kelly are among the tales told like never before. You can hear the jailers' keys clanking, the shutting and banging of doors and the discussions between prisoners and the visitors. You will also learn first hand the severity of the sentences meted out to the unfortunate victims as you are charged and finger printed for a crime you didn’t commit.

Try to dodge the stocks, avoid solitary confinement and stay well clear of any asylum inmates you may meet lurking in the shadows! When you have served your time behind bars, sneak upstairs to The Courthouse Bistro, comfortably at home in what was once the grand courtroom, where you will be served something much more pleasant, with modern Irish cuisine served Monday to Friday, with everything from light snacks and main courses to delicious daily specials.

Tips from locals

Try their Jail Break Escape Room by solving the puzzles and escaping within the allotted time.

Family friendly
Rainy days
Free car parking
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Contact details
The Diamond, Lifford, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 1 to 1.5 hours here.

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