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STIRLING OLD TOWN JAIL

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Join us for a journey through the grim and gruesome history of Crime and Punishment – located at the heart of the ancient Royal Burgh and just a few minute’s walk from Stirling Castle.
Experience Stirling Old Town Jail like never before

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Jail tour

Stirling Old Town Jail – the perfect place to (safely) share the sights and stories of Scotland’s ancient Royal Burgh.
CAN YOU ESCAPE STIRLING JAIL?

Jail break
Escape Room

Locked in the Governor’s Office, your team will have one hour to find clues, codes and complete unique puzzles, exploring for evidence of exploitation.
JAIL TOURS

PLAN YOUR VISIT

Safe, secure and built with social distancing in mind.
JAIL BREAK

ESCAPE ROOMS

Can you escape? You will have one hour to solve the crime and secure your freedom.
GROUP BOOKINGS

GROUPS & TOURS

We welcome schools, tour groups and paranormal groups too,
TOP RATED VISITOR ATTRACTION

Welcome to Stirling
Old Town Jail

Stirling Old Town Jail is a top-rated independent visitor attraction in the heart of Stirling’s Old Town, winner of the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award – and located just a short walk from Stirling Castle.

Hear the histories of our places of punishment – and the bloody, bizarre and sometimes baffling tales of the Burgh’s heroes and villains with our immersive live performance tours running every weekend and during school holidays. There is also the chance to explore our cells and visit our Scene of the Crime Exhibition and breathtaking observation tower for panoramic views over Stirling.

If you are visiting midweek outside the school holidays or summer season then you can enjoy our new self-guided audio tour giving a remarkable insight into prison life and prison reform (we are closed midweek in March and April).

Stirling Old Town Jail
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 2020
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
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The Beginnings of Reform

Our History
Stirling Jail

Inspired by the ground-breaking work of Elizabeth Fry, Scotland’s first Inspector of Prisons, Frederick Hill was allocated the first Inspector of Prisons for Scotland. He was so shocked by the dire and dehumanising conditions in Stirling’s Tolbooth.

He condemned it as “The worst prison in Britain.” He and other Reformers forced Stirling’s County Prison Board to build a new County Jail – better known today, as The Old Town Jail.

OUR LATEST REVIEWS

TOP RATED
BY OUR INMATES

Highly recommended

Enjoyed a great family experience this morning at the Old Jail. Well sanitised hand sets . Infornative reading boards. Helpful tour guides and fabulous roof top views.
TRIPADVISOR

A Fantastic day out

The escape room was great and the matron who helped us was also lovely. We have done a few escape rooms and we really liked the story aspect of this one. There were also a lot of fun and interesting puzzles during the game.
TRIPADVISOR

Superb

What an amazing day. Was interesting. Well worth a visit. Enjoyed it more than Stirling Castle. Friendly staff! We spent an hour and half here and was worth every minute
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St John Street, Stirling, Scotland, FK8 1EA
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01786 595024
Email us
hello@oldtownjail.co.uk
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Address
St John Street, Stirling, FK8 1EA
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01786 595024
Email us
hello@oldtownjail.co.uk
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