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Prison Tours

Stirling Old Town Jail is a top-rated independent visitor attraction in the heart of the Old Town – located just a short walk from Stirling Castle - and winner of the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award. This winter our truly entertaining self-guided audio tours are running midweek and our Crime and Punishment performance tours are returning each weekend.

Our tours and Scene of the Crime Exhibition allow you to safely explore the dark history of local crime and punishment, as well as giving a remarkable insight into prison life and prison reform. You can also download our free app to learn more as you explore.

Opening in 1847, Stirling’s New County Jail – known today as the Old Town Jail – was the last Reformed Prison built in Victorian Scotland. It was a last attempt to put education, training and rehabilitation at the heart of Scotland’s penal system. This process worked remarkably well, for a while at least…

Cost cutting, politics and a return to brutal discipline, sadly, undermined Reforms. Before falling into dereliction, the Jail became Scotland’s first, and only, Military Detention Barracks – between 1888 and 1935. You can still see original inmates carvings on surviving  cell doors, as you explore


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We’ve been touring for the last 4 weeks, and this was, hands down, the finest tour we’ve taken. Another reason to go to Stirling!

From November – January we are running performance tours every weekend and our fascinating self-guided audio tours midweek proving a deeper insight into the history of Old Town Jail as you explore the building. You can find out more and book here – December weekends need to be booked below. Tours departing every 30mins between 10.15am and 6pm (last tour at 5.15pm).

This December Father Christmas defends his chimney heists in our rib-tickling immersive festive performance experience every Saturday and Sunday 2-17 December and daily from 27-29 December.

Our family friendly Escape Rooms are also available too.

As you explore the jail after your performance tour you can use a handset (or download the free app) to learn more about the history of the Jail. Visit the cells on the ground floor before heading to the Exercise Yard which is of course located – yes, you guessed it – on the roof! From here you will continue to our observation tower for breath-taking views of the Old Town, Ochils, Trossachs… on a clear day you can see as far as Edinburgh’s Forth Road Bridges!

The whole experience lasts between 45 and 90 minutes and is popular with all ages.

Arrive up to five minutes before your booking time and check out our useful pointers below.

  • It’s ok to take photos during your performance tour
  • Download our free App before you get here
  • Keeping you safe – find out more here
  • View our accessibility guide here
  • Child friendly – not too scary but let us know if you’re nervous
  • Please make the team aware of any additional needs
  • Dog friendly – well behaved dogs are welcome in the attraction
  • Tours run continually throughout each day during the visitor season
  • It’s best to book ahead – but you can book on arrival too
  • We have free parking, baby changing and accessible toilets
  • We have luggage storage onsite
  • We have Escape Rooms too!

It’s best to book online before you get here using the link below. If you need to ever need to change your time or date that’s absolutely fine.











Performance Tours
See our characters come to life through our highly praised performance tours, telling the story of the Old Town Jail itself
New Exhibition
Explore sights and stories from our criminal past in our NEW ‘Scene Of The Crime’ exhibition
Top Rated
Our independent visitor attraction was awarded TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice 2022
Keeping you safe
We regularly scrub each surface and have been experts in social distancing since 1847
Free Parking
Free on-site parking to all of our visitors – a rare find in the Old Town
Luggage Storage
We now offer storage (for a small fee) for those looking to leave their bags in a safe place
If you have any burning questions or would like to arrange a special trip or event then get in touch.
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Old Town Jail Ltd The Old Town Jail St John Street Stirling FK8 1EA Company Number: SC632811

Old Town Jail Ltd The Old Town Jail St John Street Stirling FK8 1EA Company Number: SC632811