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The Old Town Jail

St. John Street, Stirling FK8 1EA, Scotland
+44 1786 464640
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Live performance tours run every 30 minutes daily from July-mid 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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  • Very good18%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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St. John Street, Stirling FK8 1EA, Scotland
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+44 1786 464640
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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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"excellent attraction"
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"excellent value for money"
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"worth the entry fee"
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"great fun"
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"enjoyable visit"
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"come alive"
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"great visit"
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"really enjoyed our visit"
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"would recommend a visit"
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"surrounding area"
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"sterling castle"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We enjoyed the old town jail. The presenter was really good and she made it a fun experience. You could tell that she really enjoyed her job

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Geoff M, Manager at The Old Town Jail, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

It's true, we all love it here at the Old Town Jail and we are glad that you do too. Thank you for the brilliant review. Geoff

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We did the tour today and it was incredible! It tells the history of the jail in a fun and scary way at the same time! The tour guide is very very very good at his job and you get involved in the story while...More

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Geoff M, Manager at The Old Town Jail, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Andressa what a super review of the Stirling Old Town Jail - it sounds like you really had a great time and it's amazing to be rated as one of your favourite attractions in Scotland. Thank you so much! Geoff

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had visited the Stirling Tourist Office which is located adjacent to the Jail and were encouraged to buy multiple venue tickets. As it was wet and miserable and we had arrived by train we decided on the joint Jail and Castle tours. With tickets...More

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Geoff M, Manager at The Old Town Jail, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Stephen we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to the Stirling Old Town Jail despite the wet weather - the views from the Jail are even better on a clear day. I'm very glad that the tour brought the Jail to life and you...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited this attraction as we have good memories of taking our son there about 16 years ago. It has changed quite a lot and although the actress who took us through the main bit was quite good, the script wasn’t very exciting. There isn’t much...More

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Geoff M, Manager at The Old Town Jail, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We were sorry to see your review - we've actually added more information on past prisoners than ever before with our cell information panels. We wish you had said at the time and we could have shown these to you. Many thanks, Geoff

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Spending a week in Stirling for the Special Olympics Anniversary Games and had a day free. We decided to go to the Old Town Jail and are really glad we did. The staff were very accommodating of our group, from the ticket office to the...More

Thank Sarah D
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Geoff M, Manager at The Old Town Jail, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Sarah we are so pleased that you made it along to the Old Town Jail during the Special Olympic Games in Stirling. It sounds like you had a terrific time and we really appreciate the five star review. Many thanks, Geoff

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I cannot praise this experience highly enough. For a measly 6.50 entry you get an excellent tour of the jail complete with a very entertaining one man performance to bring alive characters of the times of prison reform. Cells, complete with exhibits; a surprising view...More

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Geoff M, Manager at The Old Town Jail, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

John we loved this review and are so glad you did not miss out on the Old Town Jail during your trip to Stirling. It's brilliant to hear how much you enjoyed the tour and enjoyed our incredible views as well as the fascinating insight...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The visit to the Old Town Jail was greatly enhanced by our live tour performer, Jonathan, who entered into the world of the Jail and it’s inmates, wardens and founders, making us all laugh. It was great fun as a family trip out!! Would definitely...More

1  Thank Elspeth T
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Geoff M, Manager at The Old Town Jail, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Elspeth we really appreciate the five star recommendation and I'm so pleased you enjoyed your family trip to the Old Town Jail. Many thanks, Geoff

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A short walk down from the castle, I'd say that the Old Town Jail is an obligation when visiting. Given that you can park at the castle for four hours for only £4, you can easily divide your time between the two. Johnathan greeted us...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting venue. Shown round by an historian and actor, who made the jail come alive. Enough time to view the jails inside and read the stories. Questions answered. Be aware there are stairs to climb to reach the top of the jail where you...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited today have been previously and was much better today. New bits included that havent been before .. worth it just for the views at the top

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Keri19830
21 August 2018|
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Response from Alan R | Reviewed this property |
9th September but worth calling and booking your place.
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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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