Ruthin Gaol is off to a roaring start in 2024 with a new immersive family activity.

The gaol is enjoying a swift kick-off to its season, thanks to its new offering, Escape the Gaol, drawing families eager to dive into history.

Since 1654, historical inmates have tried countless escape attempts, skillful, lucky, and occasionally chaotic, from the towering boundaries of the Ruthin Gaol.

Now, participants are invited to follow in the paths of famous inmates, Wrexham Bill and Ellen Warters.

The innovative family activity tasks would-be escape artists to uncover hints concealed in the eerily authentic basement and iconic Pentonville-style cells.

Participants must dodge the cunning warden Mr Parry in their adventurous quest for freedom and unravel enthralling narratives of the gaol's past convicts.

Philippa Jones, site manager of Ruthin Gaol said: "We wanted to create an engaging new offering that brings history to life in a fun and memorable way that all the family can get involved with.

"It’s been brilliant to see our Escape the Gaol activity proving so popular and watch families discover the Gaol’s history together in such an immersive way."

In addition to the Escape the Gaol activity, the gaol offers audio-guided tours complimentary with the entry fee, giving visitors a riveting peek into its past as a 17th-century detention facility.

Tourists can explore original cells and exhibits documenting crime and punishment throughout time.

Ruthin Gaol opens its doors during the half-term holiday, between 10.30am and 5pm daily, barring Tuesdays, when the Gaol remains closed.

Concluding her statement, the site manager said: "Here at Ruthin Gaol we are dedicated to providing engaging and memorable experiences for visitors of all ages.

"We’re excited to continue offering unique opportunities for local and visiting families to create lasting memories and discover the captivating stories of this historic site."