Self-Guided Tour


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If you’re looking for a day out with a difference, you’re in the right place at Shrewsbury Prison. With our Self Guided Tour, explore the whole prison at your leisure and take photos and CELLfies as you soak up the atmosphere of this amazing Victorian prison.

An ideal day out for families with young children who would like to investigate at their own pace.

Tour Overview

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There is so much to explore…

You will be given a visitor guide and map as you explore around the prison; use the sound boxes to learn the facts and history of the prison. The information boards add a fascinating background detail to your visit with staff always available to point you in the right direction and answer any questions you may have.

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Explore behind bars…

There is so much to explore including:

  • Reception: Where prisoners are processed,
  • 2 prison wings: Consisting of nearly 200 cells
  • Healthcare: See where medical needs of prisoners were met.

Make your way to visits – the only place within the prison walls where prisoners can meet with people from outside and walk through two exercise yards where prisoners could go for daily exercise and fresh air.

Next, onto segregation – where prisoners would be isolated from the rest of the prison population and into the executioner’s bedroom – see where Albert Pierrepoint would have slept the night before. And finally, the condemned man’s cell, where he would have spent his last days before being hanged next to the execution room – one of the darkest places within the prison due to its previous usage.

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A full day out…

Finish your trip with a visit to our museum and gift shop, where you can pick up a huge range of Shrewsbury Prison memorabilia, so you never forget your time behind bars.

Shrewsbury Prison has a wonderful restaurant on site, open all day every day. Why not break up your tour by sampling some of our homemade cakes and fresh coffee, or indulge in a full meal, from snacks and bites to a full sized ‘Lifers Burger’?

We would encourage you to book in advance online to receive a discount on all Self-Guided Tours. Visitors can visit at any time between 10am and 5pm 7 days a week.

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Tickets & Entry…

  • Visitors can visit at any time between 10am and 5pm, 7 days a week.
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Opening Hours

Mon-Sun: 10am-5pm