Monday - Sunday (May-Nov)10AM - 6PM
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SELF GUIDED AUDIO TOURSCrime & Punishment
Self-Guided 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.

Our new self-guided audio 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.

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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INMATES WANTEDPlan your visit
to Stirling Jail

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!

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Our self-guided tours run daily at 30 minute intervals between 10.15am and 6pm (May-Nov). Our audio handsets allows inmates to safely explore 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 tour lasts between 45 and 90 minutes – but there’s no time-limit to your experience. Tracks are tiered for each location, so you can listen to as much – or as little – as you wish, pacing the tour to suit yourself. Our helpful guides are always on hand to offer insight into all that Stirling has to offer.

Curious to know more about our history? Click here for more information about us. Or, ask one of our guides for things to do and places to see around Stirling – we’re happy to help!

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

  • Self-guided audio tours (socially distant)
  • Download our free audio tour App before you get here or use one of our audio handsets
  • Keeping you safe – find out more here
  • Child friendly – not too scary and very interesting
  • 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 an Escape Room 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.

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WHO WILL BE LOOKING AFTER YOU? Meet our
Inmates

Geoff

David

Meghan

Jonathan

Emma

Audio Tours
Recorded and written by our talented acting team, our new audio tours let you safely explore the Cells at your own pace
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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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