EXPERIENCE LIFE BEHIND BARS IN SHREWSBURY PRISON

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WELCOME TO SHREWSBURY PRISON

Experience a traditional Victorian prison, set across two wings with 194 cells.
Explore the Reception where new prisoners were processed, the exercise yard – made famous in films such as The Shawshank Redemption – and feel the atmosphere in the darkest part of the prison, the Execution Room, which was used until 1961.

Our Guided Tours are run by Shrewsbury’s ex Prison Officers, who will give you first-hand insight into crimes committed by inmates and what their daily life was like inhabiting this fascinating prison which was built to house 350 men and 22 women.

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PRISON TOURS

  • Guided by Ex-Officers
  • Self Guided option
  • Great for all ages
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ACTIVITIES

  • Escape room challenges
  • iCombat, Archery & Axe Throwing
  • Fun for groups of all ages
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EVENTS

  • Prison Break
  • Night Behind Bars
  • Paranormal Investigations
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DIVE INTO 200 YEARS OF BRITISH HISTORY

FILLED WITH FASCINATING TALES

Shrewsbury Prison is one of the UK’s most notorious Victorian prisons which welcomes over 300 prisoners across 194 cells and two wings. Steeped in history and jaw-dropping true stories, look forward to a unique insight into life behind bars.

From infamous prison escapes to coldblooded crimes and the day-to-day activities of the inmates; Shrewsbury Prison is full of unforgettable stories that will amaze and astound you!

Awesome family day out. The whole experience from entering the prison to leaving was welcome, authentic, unique and comes highly recommended.
Tammy P

WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER

Guided tours by former Prison Officers Unique prison cell Escape Rooms Restaurant, museum & gift shop Fun for all the family, old or young! Great value self-guided tour options 100m from Shrewsbury train station

TRIPADVISOR’S #1 DESTINATION

We’re proud to be rated the #1 tourist destination in Shropshire on Tripadvisor, with an average rating of 4.5/5 from over 2,500 reviews. Visit us to see what we’re all about!

AS SEEN ON THE BIG SCREEN

From Hollywood blockbusters to BBC dramas, Shrewsbury Prison has provided iconic backdrops to many films and TV series.

Most recently, the prison was used as the location for the hit BBC drama, Time, starring Sean Bean and Stephen Graham.

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HOME TO INFAMOUS INMATES

Robert Welch was a key member of the infamous 15-man gang that stole £2.6 million from a Royal Mail train in August 1963. This is the equivalent to £50 million today! He was incarcerated in Shrewsbury in 1964 following a 30-year sentence.

Learn more about our infamous inmates on our fascinating Guided Tours!

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PRISON TOURS

  • Guided by Ex-Officers
  • Self Guided option
  • Great for all ages

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