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The Old Town Jail

St. John Street, Stirling FK8 1EA, Scotland
+44 1786 464640
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TEMPORARY CLOSED We are now closed for the winter. Live performance tours run every 30 minutes daily from July-September and there's also a chance for new inmates to explore the cells and take in Stirling's best views from the roof top observation tower.
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St. John Street, Stirling FK8 1EA, Scotland
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"tour guide"
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"observation tower"
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"cell doors"
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"fantastic tour"
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"various parts"
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"great fun"
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"degree view"
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"excellent value for money"
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"informative visit"
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"worth the entry fee"
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"piece of history"
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"wander around"
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"excellent visit"
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"great attraction"
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"surrounding countryside"
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"really enjoyed our visit"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was looking forward to some history and they were closed. Wasn't told why or when they would be open.

Thank Glenda W
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Reviewed 5 May 2018

Well worth a visit. A builder Well worth a visit. A guided tour is provided to give an idea what it was to be locked up in the old days

Thank Stuart0645
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Reviewed 26 April 2018

Attended a ghost walk run by The Old Town Jail last year and it was brilliant! The tour guide was well informed, very good at his character role and it was an evening of spooky local stories, haunted history and a riot of laughs. The...More

1  Thank CoeliacWarrior
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

so glad we stopped here on way to castle! tour guide dave was great, history, tour and views were all worthwhile. gift shop was very nice also.

Thank Ledfamily
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

We visited the old town jail today with 2 kids, they loved it! Well worth a visit. The tour guide Davie was fantastic, an excellent story teller/actor in the many parts he played. Great for all ages, our youngest was 5 but he still really...More

1  Thank julie h
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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

First visit to lovely Stirling and we were fortunate to bump into the lovely Dave who gave us a guided tour today. What an amazing place and his knowledge of the history of the jail was fascinating Thankyou x

1  Thank marie r
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Geoff M, Manager at The Old Town Jail, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2018

We are so glad that you enjoyed your recent tour and managed to learn about our fascinating history. Your review is very appreciated! Geoff

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Reviewed 3 December 2017

We had a short time in Stirling so took the jail tour. I would highly recommend it to anyone with even a short time on their hands. The grim conditions illustrate perfectly how hard life was for Victorian inmates as they struggled to cope with...More

1  Thank John A
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Geoff M, Manager at The Old Town Jail, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2018

Fantastic review John - we are so glad you enjoyed your visit and of course the witty banter. We are open again this Easter Weekend and throughout the summer. Many thanks. Geoff

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Reviewed 4 October 2017

On a short stopover on our way to Edinburgh, we decided to visit the Jail instead of the very busy castle. And what a great decision it was! The first part of the tour brings you into the jail and provides a lot of historic...More

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Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

The actors make this an unforgettable experience. They bring the jail to life and the banter is brilliant. I would not normally visit somewhere like this but I would definitely recommend you go! You won't be disappointedMore

2  Thank AcciesJunior
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Geoff M, Manager at The Old Town Jail, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

What a smashing review, this is greatly appreciated and we are so pleased that you managed to catch one of our final tours before we closed for the season. We will be open again next summer and look forward to more 'brilliant banter' and fun...More

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Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

We visited the jail on a wet Sunday morning. We were greeted by friendly staff before embarking on a wonderful 1 man (numerous personas) history trip of the jail. Jonathan our guide was superb and brought the past to life - even the forty bits!...More

2  Thank Peta B
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Geoff M, Manager at The Old Town Jail, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Peta were are so glad that the rain didn't dampen your visit to the Jail! I'm so pleased you had a superb time on your tour with Jonathan. Many thanks for the kind review. Geoff

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Heirhunter
20 March 2018|
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Response from Geoff M | Property representative |
The Old Town Jail is open over Easter weekend (30 March - 2 April) but then will be closed until the end of June. You can still explore outside the building and take photos when the attraction is closed. Many thanks, Geoff
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Natalie R
1 February 2018|
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Response from Geoff M | Property representative |
Hi Natalie - the Jail is open from the beginning of July. We are running some preview tours the week before so keep an eye on our online availability just in case. Geoff
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KeriW33
27 October 2017|
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Response from Geoff M | Property representative |
Hi Keri - it would be great if the jail could be open all year but there just aren't enough visitors over the winter. The Jail has just been open again for a couple of years and as it's profile grows I'm sure the season will... More
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