Crime & Punishment in Stirling
Designed by architect Thomas Brown, the New County Jail was built according to the ‘Separate System’ devised by William Brebner. Prisoners were kept separate at all times, to encourage repentance and hard work – free from distractions and bad influences. Paid work, food and education were available to those willing to work, providing convicts with the skills to lead honest, productive lives on their release.
In 2015, the combined efforts of Open Pass Scotland, Creative Stirling, Stirling Council, Forth Valley Enterprises, Stirling Electrical, and David Kinnaird of the Stirling GhostWalk, we succeeded in re-opening the Old Town Jail and telling its story.
The attraction is open daily throughout the summer from early July until the middle of September with special openings over Easter and Halloween. There are 14 live performance tours each day and also the chance to visit the observation platform on the roof for some of the best views in Stirling.