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).
See our characters come to life through our highly praised performance tours, telling the story of the Old Town Jail itself
Explore sights and stories from our criminal past in our NEW ‘Scene Of The Crime’ exhibition
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 on-site parking to all of our visitors – a rare find in the Old Town
We now offer storage (for a small fee) for those looking to leave their bags in a safe place
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.
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.
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.
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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St John Street, Stirling, FK8 1EA
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