A traditional style market offering stalls of gifts, crafts, clothing, games, toys, and street food, but with one big twist. It’s set within the grounds of Shropshire’s number 1 tourist destination*, Shrewsbury Prison, and it’s absolutely free, for both visitors and stall holders.
Your Christmas Market experience at Shrewsbury Prison will begin as you enter through our 200-year-old gates and find yourself in the prison courtyard. The first area prisoners would have seen behind the wall and where their journey behind bars begins. From here you can see the outside of the original Georgian Governors house, which in more recent years was used as the governor’s office, from which the prison was run.Book Now
Your Christmas Market visit will take you past A-Wing, Shrewsbury Prison’s largest wing, an imposing 5-story building which has been used to house criminals for the past 200 years. You can’t help but feel the size and scale of this building as you stand in its shadow, while able to appreciate its architectural and historic significance to the town.
On the exercise yard you will find a range of street food vendors and drink providers, serving a range of different foods, cakes, mince pies and of course a lovely cup of mulled wine to warm you on a chilly winter’s day.Book Now
From here you will enter the main market, situated in the buildings at the rear of the prison site, which include: the visits area, the chapel, and sports hall. You can browse through more than 50 stalls, grabbing all of those Christmas gifts, decorations and clothing, from local independent businesses.
Finish your visit past the railway track hidden between the prison buildings and hear about its history and usage, before asking the officers to release you back to freedom behind the prison walls.Book Now
Shrewsbury Prison will be giving back this Christmas to the people of Shrewsbury by offering up our historic site to play host to this wonderful market, happening for 1 day only on Saturday 11th December 10am – 4pm.
This means there is no cost for stall holders, market holders, food vendors or any other supplier attending the market, and best of all there is no cost to visitors either – of course stall holders will be charging for their products, we wouldn’t want anybody ending up on the wrong side of the bars!
Entry to Shrewsbury Prison attraction is not included, but tickets for the attraction can be purchased in advance or on the day.
For anyone interested in taking a stall please download our Stallholders Information and application form below: