Tarbert Bridewell Courthouse & Jail was built in 1831 and depicts
the rough justice meted out in 19th Century Ireland.
The Exhibition features a Spine Chilling re-creation of the Judicial and
Prison system in the 1830’s. Meet the accused Thomas Dillon, share
his anguish and follow his trial and judgement.
The life size models - Court Room – Prison Cells – Exercise
Yards and Keepers Quarters are a grim reminder of the intolerant judicial
regime of impoverished 19th century Ireland.
An important part of our heritage. A time not to be forgotten.
Tarbert Bridewell Courthouse & Jail 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 Bridewell Exhibition
An exhibition of the Judicial system in the 1800’s in Tarbert & the
• The Land League flag of Tarbert. John Redmond defended locals in Tarbert
• Information on the Famine.
• Information on the Leslie family of Tarbert House.
The MacGreevey Room in Tarbert Bridewell
Houses documents on the life and times of Thomas MacGreevey who was born
in Tarbert. A Poet, Art & Literary critic and Director of the National
Gallery of Ireland. A Video, Rivers of Words on the life of Thomas McGreevey
was produced for Tarbert Bridewell in association with RTE and can be viewed
in this exhibition.
• Gift Shop - We sell a wide variety of gifts, books, souvenirs and local
• Coffee Shop - Enjoy a light snack with Tea or Coffee.
• Toilets & baby changing facilities on the ground floor.
Amenities in the area
- Tarbert House
Home of the Leslie Family since 1690. Tarbert House is a
Queen Anne Georgian Building. A Heritage House it is preserved in its original
form with furniture & pictures
from the 17th Century.
Tours are by prior arrangement only. For rates, telephone 068 36198.
- Tarbert Woodland Walk
This beautiful walk encompasses all aspects of
nature, from the flora & fauna to the wide variety of birds which can
be seen and heard in Tarbert Bay. This walk can be broken up into three
distances and there are other walks in the area so if walking is of interest
to your Group telephone Tarbert Bridewell for more information.
Rate of €1.50
per Child – this price will also apply to supervisors.
This price will include:
a Guided Tour of Tarbert Bridewell Courthouse & Jail.
• a fun competition called Hide & Seek. The competition is based
on the tour with the winner recieving a prize.
Tea/Coffee & Scones are available at a special rate of €2.50.
A Soft Drink & Club Milk is available for School children at a special
rate of 50 cent if required.
Lislaughtin Abbey outside Ballylongford which was built in 1470 – Admission
Carrigafoyle Castle Ballylongford built in 1490 – Admission
The Beautiful Beaches in Ballybunion – Public Property
• Listowel is a Heritage town and an excellent shopping town.
The Garden of Europe located in Gurtinard Wood in Listowel - Admission
The Kerry Literary & Cultural Centre Listowel – Tel 068 22212
• Listowel Castle. Tel 068 22212 for booking
• The Lartigue Monorail Listowel. Tel 068 24393 for booking
• Glin Castle, on the Tarbert/ Limerick road. Tel 068 34173 for booking
Boyce’s Gardens, Foynes Co Limercik. Tel 069 65302 for booking
• Foynes Flying Boat Museum. Foynes Co Limerick, Tel 069 65416 for booking
Celtic Park & Gardens – Co Limerick. Tel 061 394243 for booking
Curra Chase Woodland Walks. Tel
061 396349 for booking
Tarbert Bridewell will not be responsible for booking any of the above
on behalf of any School. Centres will have to be contacted directly.
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