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The Old Courthouse, Lifford

Lifford Old Courthouse,The Diamond,Lifford

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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 Wests most wanted villains. These days its home to a museum which has proved itself a firm favourite with all ages.

You will have a chance to 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! With United Irishman James Napper Tandy, Half-Hanged MacNaghten, and Mad Mary Kelly among the stories 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 fingerprinted for a crime you didnt 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 - a unique dining experience, with modern Irish cuisine served Monday to Friday with everything from light snacks and main courses to delicious daily specials.

The Old Courthouse is proud to introduce JAILBREAK, the North-Wests first Live Escape Room. You and your group have just sixty minutes to escape from your locked cell, using only the clues you can find in the room. Teams of 2-6, €10 per person.


Indoor/outdoor Indoor

Opening Hours

09:30 - 5:30 Mon - Fri
12:00 - 5:00 Sat (July & August)


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