Old Town Jail

Opened in 1847 to replace Stirling’s Tolbooth Gaol – condemned as ‘The Worst Jail in Britain’ only a few years before Stirling’s New County Jail is better known to modern visitors as the OLD TOWN JAIL.Old Town Jail 2015 Reopening

After forty years as the town prison, the building became Scotland's Military Detention Barracks in 1888, before falling quickly into dereliction after decomissioning in 1935.

Between 1996 and 2012 the building re-opened as a Visitor Attraction, Old Town Jail, Mr Hislopwith actors trained by the Stirling GhostWalk's 'Happy Hangman', David Kinnaird, bringing characters from Stirling's bloody past to life through comedy and drama. The closure of the site was a great dissapointment to locals and visitors alike.

In 2014, though, David worked with colleagues from Destination Stirling, Creative Stirling, Stirling Council, The Smith Art Gallery & Museum and Stirling Electrical to ensure that this wonderful attraction will re-open - in July, August and September of that year. It quickly established itself as one of the must-see attractions in the area.

The Jail has re-opened each year since 2015.

In 2021 the Jail is open from 10am-6pm, with safely-distanced audio tours each half hour from 10.15am. As soon as Covid-restrictions safely allow, the popular actor-led tours of the attraction will resume.

From 2020 a new Escape Room has become a popular part of the attraction. Pre-booking is essential for the

Join us on a journey through the grim and gruesome history of Crime and Punishment in the Royal Burgh.

Tours every half-hour 10.15am-5.15pm, 7 Days, May-to-September. Adults £8.50p Concessions £6.50.

Details at http://www.oldtownjail.co.uk

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