• Open again in the summer

    We are very happy to announce that the Old Town Jail will be again accepting 'inmates'again in the summer 28 June - 8 Sept. Group bookings are available off season on request.

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Stirling Old Town Jail

Discover tales of the horrible history of crime and punishment in the Royal Burgh of Stirling. You’ll hear of infamous executioner Jock “The Happy Hangman” Rankin, along with murderers, martyrs and more. The popular and much praised Performance Tours make your time in jail even more vivid.

And then there’s the view! From our Observation Tower visitors can enjoy some of the best views of the historic Old Town and surrounding countryside – taking in the Tolbooth, Holy Rude Church, National Wallace Monument, Trossachs National Park and, of course, Stirling Castle…making the Old Town Jail a great place to start exploring the sights and stories of Scotland’s ancient Royal Burgh.

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History of the Old Town Jail
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History of the Old Town Jail

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2019 Opening times

19 April-21 April, 28 June-8 Sept, 12-20 Oct, 25-27 Oct (excluding 26 Oct)

Tour Times

Tours run every 30 minutes from 10.15 to 17.15 each day we are open. Tickets are available at the door or from the tourism information centre.