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Welcome to the Tarbert Bridewell website. Tarbwert Bridewell is located in, Tarbert, North Kerry - Gateway to the Kingdom of Kerry from counties Limerick and Clare.

Tarbert Bridewell was built in 1831 and its elegant cut limestone exterior stands as a tribute to the fine craftsmen of the early 19th century. For more than 100 years it served as a Courthouse & Jail. The Courthouse was used for the dispensing of justice and the cells and yards for the temporary confinement of prisoners prior to removal to the County Jail in Tralee.

The Bridewell ceased to operate as a jail in 1874 but continued in use as a Courthouse for a further 75 years. A local family were the last residential caretakers of the Bridewell and lived there up to the 1950’s. For the next 30 years the building being unoccupied, steadily deteriorated and by the mid 1980’s had become derelict.

In 1987 the Bridewell Project Group was formed with a view to retaining, restoring and developing this fine building. In 1993 the Bridewell opened as a Visitor Centre.

The impetus for the formation of the Tarbert Bridewell Group stemmed from Tarbert Development Association and the restoration would not have been possible without the generous financial support of the Community & its exiles and State Agencies. Tarbert Bridewell is owned by the community. The Building is held in Trust by a Board of Trustees and a voluntary Board of Management oversees the business of the Bridewell.

Today Tarbert Bridewell Visitor Centre features the entertaining and historically informative Exhibition which depicts rough justice in 19th Century Ireland. It also houses an exhibition on the life & works of Thomas McGreevy the famous Tarbert Poet.

The Bridewell has a Coffee Shop & Gift Centre and hosts many events – Musical evenings – Weekly Whist Drive – Singing Classes – Art exhibitions to mention a few. The Bridewell provides a much needed facility for the employment of participants in FAS Schemes.

Tarbert Bridewell is located on the N69 Limerick to Ballybunion Route and the Killimer County Clare / Tarbert Car Ferry.

Opening hours
We are open daily from 10am – 6pm from April 1st to Sept 30th
and from 10am - 4pm on weekdays from Oct 1st to March 31st

Enjoy A Guided Tour of the Museum or wander freely through the building.
Adults - €5.00
Seniors/Students - €3.50
Children under 14 - €2.50
Children under 5 - Free
Family Ticket €12 - (2 adults & up to 4 children)
Group Rates available.

Contact us at Tarbert Bridewell and we will be delighted to assist you in any way.

Exhibition Guides are available in English – French – German – Spanish - Italian

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Tarbert Bridewell Courthouse & Jail, Tarbert, Co Kerry.
Telephone/Fax: 068 36500 • Email:: tarbertbridewell@eircom.net