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Education Behind Bars

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Visit Includes

  • pin Prison Tour
  • In-Cell Experience
  • Education Activity
  • Self-Guided Discovery
  • Private Education Room

Educational Packages designed in-line with the national curriculum

Prison Tour

Join one of our experienced 5* Tour Guides as they take your students on a journey behind bars, touring all areas of the prison and including an In-Cell Experience.

1 hour experience

Education Activity

Your Tour Guide will lead an Educational Activity, specifically designed in-line with the national curriculum and delivered to the Key Stage of your students.

45-minute experience


Students will explore the prison completing activity tasks, designed to get them thinking and experiencing the realities of life behind bars from the Georgian era to modern day.

45-minute experience
“I took my Psychology students to Shrewsbury Prison, as they were studying forensic psychology and custodial sentencing. They were enthralled from the moment they saw the ‘meat wagon’ as they arrived. The tour was very informative - with Officer Graham providing many real-life stories from his experience of working at the prison. The cell experience was also a firm favourite with the students - and the teachers! Overall, it was an excellent visit, which sparked much debate on the way home and the following day in lessons. Looking forward to returning next year and would highly recommend to others.”
Miss Hadley, Head of Psychology at Birkenhead School



Your tour is run by a guide with encyclopaedic knowledge of the prison’s history, from when it opened to the day it closed.  Students will hear first-hand what life inside a prison is like and discover the prison’s history dating back more than 200 years.

Tours include an In-Cell Experience, giving students the opportunity to step behind the cell doors and get a glimpse into the life of a prisoner.

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Shrewsbury Prison Primary School Trips

Education Activities

Our specially designed programme of Educational Activities are delivered in our bespoke education rooms. Led by a trained facilitator, activities are group led discussions capturing the students’ curiosity and triggering their imagination.

Each Education Activity has been designed alongside the national curriculum.

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Corporate days out at Shrewsbury Prison


Supported by your Tour Guide, students will explore Shrewsbury Prison in small groups. Completing Activity Booklets, which have been designed to engage and educate students in an immersive and informal manner in their journey behind bars.

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Education Behind Bars at Shrewsbury Prison

Welcome to Education Behind Bars

Created by a team of specialists in education and history, the Education Behind Bars Programme is aligned with the national curriculum and has been designed to support learning through thought provoking exercises and activities.

We provide supportive learning materials for teachers, which can be taken back into the classroom, ensuring school visits are truly educational and reach beyond the traditional.

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