Stirling Old Town Jail

Stirling Old Town Jail Join us on a journey through the grim and gruesome history of Crime and Punishment in the Royal Burgh. We are now open for the summer with our safe new self guided tours.
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Operating as usual

04/11/2020
Tier 3 Jail Break

Looking to escape (within Tier 3)?

Our top rated Jail Break escape room is still open every weekend for up to five inmates at a time from the same household. Our flexible escapes are just £10pp and take place in a real prison - ideal for a safe (and secure) family day out.

Book online here - http://oldtownjail.co.uk/escape-room/

#quarantine #jailbreak #dayout #weekend

Halloween can be scary but it’s still safe to visit Stirling Old Town Jail 👮🏻‍♀️It’s our last weekend of 2020 and if you...
30/10/2020
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Halloween can be scary but it’s still safe to visit Stirling Old Town Jail 👮🏻‍♀️

It’s our last weekend of 2020 and if you stay locally we would love to see you. Our top rated self-guided tour gives a chilling insight into the history of crime and punishment in Stirling right on your doorstep. Just make sure to book ahead, wear a (scary) face mask and of course… don’t touch the other inmates! #hametowntourist #Stirling #truecrime #Halloween2020 www.oldtownjail.co.uk

We’re still (safely) accepting inmates! Stirling Old Town Jail is still open daily throughout October as well as Stirlin...
08/10/2020

We’re still (safely) accepting inmates!

Stirling Old Town Jail is still open daily throughout October as well as Stirling Castle, The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum and The National Wallace Monument. You can park for free at the Jail, Museum or Monument and there are many great places to eat during your visit. We are all closely following the Government guidelines to ensure you can safely visit Stirling and help to support local businesses. Just make sure to book ahead, wear a facemask and of course… don’t touch the other inmates! #hametowntourist #Stirling www.oldtownjail.co.uk

Experts in self-isolation since 1847 👮‍♂️Take our (safe and secure) audio tour and discover the history of crime and pun...
02/10/2020
Tours | Stirling Old Town Jail

Experts in self-isolation since 1847 👮‍♂️

Take our (safe and secure) audio tour and discover the history of crime and punishment in Stirling. You can also explore the cells and visit the rooftop observation tower for the best views of the city. The Old Town Jail is top rated on TripAdvisor and open 7 days a week throughout October - you can book online here: https://bit.ly/34gGhmV

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A brilliant look into Stirling's murky past ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A Fantastic day out ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Top rated performance tours of the Old Town Jail

Safe and sanitised environment ✅Great prices ✅Fun for all the family ✅Here at Stirling's Old Town Jail, we're as guilty ...
07/09/2020

Safe and sanitised environment ✅
Great prices ✅
Fun for all the family ✅

Here at Stirling's Old Town Jail, we're as guilty as charged! Just take a look at our prison records on Trip Advisor 👮‍♂️

The top-rated and highly entertaining Stirling Ghostwalk departs tonight at 8pm from the Old Town Jail gates. Adults 8 P...
29/08/2020

The top-rated and highly entertaining Stirling Ghostwalk departs tonight at 8pm from the Old Town Jail gates. Adults 8 Pounds, Concessions 5 Pounds, Family 20 Pounds book online here - https://bit.ly/3labtfi

The famous Stirling Ghostwalk returns this weekend - we can’t wait to welcome Jock the Hangman back again. #Stirling  #H...
27/07/2020

The famous Stirling Ghostwalk returns this weekend - we can’t wait to welcome Jock the Hangman back again. #Stirling #HameTownTourist

Well, now...!

After four months lonely lockdown The Hangman will be back on the Stirling GhostWalk each Friday and Saturday from 31st July!

Tickets can be pre-booked from the VisitScotland VIC at the Old Town Jail, or reserved via stirlingghostwalk.com. Those planning on paying on the night - please bring the correct money, as The Hangman will be carrying limited change and boil-washing your dosh in the fires of Hell after the show.

See you soon!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Absolutely brilliant! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ We loved it! The reviews are in and our new Escape Room is going down a stor...
23/07/2020

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Absolutely brilliant!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ We loved it!

The reviews are in and our new Escape Room is going down a storm. This weekend is filling up fast but we still have a few slots at our early bird price of just £10pp. Perfect for a family escape 👨‍✈️

Book here 👉🏻 https://bit.ly/2EbG8YC

Escape to Stirling Old Town Jail as it reopens safe and secure with a new tour  Stirling Old Town Jail reopens its doors...
14/07/2020

Escape to Stirling Old Town Jail as it reopens safe and secure with a new tour

Stirling Old Town Jail reopens its doors on 15 July 2020 following a significant investment in upgrading the visitor experience and with a new self-guided audio tour.

Offering a super safe (and secure!) insight into the history of crime and punishment in Stirling with some new intriguing exhibits and experiences, the Old Town Jail is one of the City’s top rated attractions and will be amongst the first to re-open in July 👉 http://oldtownjail.co.uk #Stirling

Ready to escape? 👮‍♂️Our exciting new 'Jail Break' Escape Room is open from the 17th July. Locked in the Governor’s Offi...
10/07/2020

Ready to escape? 👮‍♂️

Our exciting new 'Jail Break' Escape Room is open from the 17th July. Locked in the Governor’s Office, you’ll be up against the clock as you work to prove your innocence against the corruption of the Jail’s authorities.

Early bird offer of just £10pp based on groups of 4-6 inmates. Plan your escape here: https://bit.ly/38Kzqnv

We will shortly be coming out of isolation! 👮‍♂️Discover our brand new audio tour and 'Scene of the Crime' exhibition fr...
29/06/2020

We will shortly be coming out of isolation! 👮‍♂️

Discover our brand new audio tour and 'Scene of the Crime' exhibition from the 15 July onwards providing an intriguing (and safe) insight into the history of crime and punishment in Stirling. Find out more and book online at www.oldtownjail.co.uk

Need a history fix, during the lockdown? Well, perhaps we can help with that.Checkout ‘Spooks & Bogles: The highly enter...
24/04/2020
David

Need a history fix, during the lockdown? Well, perhaps we can help with that.

Checkout ‘Spooks & Bogles: The highly entertaining Stirling GhostWalk Podcast’ on Patreon below 👇🏻

Need a history fix, during the lockdown? Well, perhaps I can help with that.

I'm Chief Warden at the Old Town Jail (so STAY SAFE IN YOUR CELLS, you 'orrible lot!), and writer and performer of the popular Stirling GhostWalk.

With no GhostWalks and no Old Town Jail to occupy me – we were, infuriatingly, less than a week away from our Grand Re-Opening when the lockdown happened – I’ve spent much of the last month adapting some of the most popular Stirling GhostWalk stories into a podcast, ‘Spooks & Bogles’, on the Patreon host-site – exploring the histories (and mysteries) behind these tales. In recent episodes I’ve examined The Curse of Alloa Tower, the Millhall Ghost, haunting reported at The Tolbooth – and will, this week, be looking in greater depth at the 1944 ‘Witch Trial’ of medium Helen Duncan.

Interested? I HOPE so!

If you ARE, you can find ‘Spooks & Bogles: The Stirling GhostWalk Podcast’ on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/user?u=32210091&fan_landing=true

Secondly, I’m planning a couple of episodes, in the near future, looking at ghost-hunters and paranormal groups who have visited sites such as the Old Town Jail, Cowane’s Hospital, and so forth. My main area of interest is the stories and the history behind them, but I’m keen – sceptically, but not cynically – to explore different perspectives. To that end, if you have attended vigils or studies in Stirling sites, and have thoughts (or, even better, AUDIO!) which might be useful in such shows, and which you would be happy sharing...let me know.

Anyhoo. Stay safe. Stay sane. And stay sanitized!

10/04/2020
Ghost Quest TV

Tune in tonight at 8pm for the premiere of the Ghost Quest investigation filmed at Stirling Old Town Jail a few months ago!

Hi everyone.
We hope you are all healthy and coping well with the current situation.
Tomorrow sees our Brand New episode at Stirling Old Town Jail.
We would really appreciate it if you guys, the all important fans of the show, would share the link on your pages for us.
We promise you that we have so many very exciting projects we are working on during this time of no investigations.

We will have all new High Definition Cameras for the best ever quality from us.
A team that is chomping at the bit to get back out there.
Amazing locations and special guests along the way that will make the next 12 months the most exciting EVER for Ghost Quest.

We will hope to make time for a Ghost Quest Live chat within the next week too so we would love you to keep an eye out for that and join us.

Thank you ALL for your continued support. It means even more during these times as we cannot always bring you new content but the fact you are all still popping onto the pages mean everything.

Stay Safe and enjoy the episode tomorrow evening at 8 P.M. on the Ghost Quest YouTube Channel.

Ghost Quest Team.

The Old Town Jail is in lockdown for the time being👮🏻‍♀️Following our exciting refurbishment we hope to open our doors a...
31/03/2020

The Old Town Jail is in lockdown for the time being👮🏻‍♀️

Following our exciting refurbishment we hope to open our doors as soon as safely possible. All inmates will remain in quarantine until the governor gets the green light from the government. Stay safe and be good to each other.

03/03/2020
'Samwise Surprise'

One of our longest standing tour guides Jonathan Wilson received a very special (and unexpected) message today from one of his all time heroes ‘Samwise’ from Lord of The Rings ☺️ #cameo #seanastin

The Old Town Jail is open on Saturday afternoon (2/11) as part of Stirling's Halloween for our final performance tours o...
01/11/2019

The Old Town Jail is open on Saturday afternoon (2/11) as part of Stirling's Halloween for our final performance tours of 2019 - get your tickets at the VisitScotland iCentre at the main gate. Tours every hour from 1-5pm (3pm sold out) 👨‍✈️

Treat the little ones to a trip to Stirling Old Town Jail this Half Term (12-20 Oct) with top rated family friendly perf...
11/10/2019

Treat the little ones to a trip to Stirling Old Town Jail this Half Term (12-20 Oct) with top rated family friendly performance tours every 30 mins daily from 10.15 - 18.00 👮‍♀️ Tickets £7.50 per adult and £5.00 for concession / student / child (over 5yrs)

The Old Town Jail is open this weekend for Bloody Scotland with top rated performance tours every 30 mins daily from 10....
21/09/2019

The Old Town Jail is open this weekend for Bloody Scotland with top rated performance tours every 30 mins daily from 10.15 - 17.15 👮‍♀️ Tickets £7.50 per adult and £5.00 for concession / student / child (over 5yrs) #BloodyScotland

***calling all extras / convicts***We are filming a new video for Stirling Old Town Jail and need a handful of extras be...
22/08/2019

***calling all extras / convicts***

We are filming a new video for Stirling Old Town Jail and need a handful of extras between 5pm and 7pm TODAY to pose as customers on a tour. We’ve got a bag of jail treats and free tickets for future tours for those that can help out. Drop us a direct message to find out more 🎥

08/08/2019
BBC Scotland

Check out these stunning ‘auld places’ to explore #Stirling

If you're into auld places you should give the city of Stirling a look.

via BBC The Social

The usual suspects are back! The Old Town Jail is open all summer with top rated performance tours every 30 mins daily f...
28/06/2019

The usual suspects are back! The Old Town Jail is open all summer with top rated performance tours every 30 mins daily from 10.15 - 17.15 👮‍♀️ Tickets £7.50 per adult and £5.00 for concession / student / child (over 5yrs) www.oldtownjail.co.uk #GuiltyAsCharged

Another busy weekend ahead in Stirling. GhostWalks at 8pm Friday & Saturday, Old Town Jail open hourly Noon-4pm (2pm FUL...
07/06/2019

Another busy weekend ahead in Stirling. GhostWalks at 8pm Friday & Saturday, Old Town Jail open hourly Noon-4pm (2pm FULL) on Saturday and Old Town Tour Noon, 2pm & 4pm Friday and Sunday. Phew!

Join us at the Old Town Jail this weekend and enjoy our live tours, en-suite facilities and selection of barsTours every...
15/04/2019

Join us at the Old Town Jail this weekend and enjoy our live tours, en-suite facilities and selection of bars

Tours every 30mins from 10.15am (19-21 April) plan your escape here - https://bit.ly/2VHK8ns

Stirling Castle
30/12/2018

Stirling Castle

As part of the Stirling Winter Festival there will be a simultaneous firework display from the Castle and The National Wallace Monument to ring in 2019! You can find out more information here, including the evenings lineup! http://ow.ly/rsIe30mVpFv

He knows if you’ve been bad or good! Our top rated live performance tours are running this weekend from Friday - Sunday ...
26/12/2018

He knows if you’ve been bad or good! Our top rated live performance tours are running this weekend from Friday - Sunday (28-30 Dec). Find out more at www.oldtownjail.co.uk

Prepare yourselves for a very special festive treat with our live performance tours running all weekend between Christma...
20/12/2018

Prepare yourselves for a very special festive treat with our live performance tours running all weekend between Christmas and New Year (28-30 Dec). Find out more at www.oldtownjail.co.uk

Stirling Old Town Jail's cover photo
16/12/2018

Stirling Old Town Jail's cover photo

As we lock up for winter we just wanted to thank everyone who visited this year, it’s been great fun and we hope you’ve ...
02/11/2018

As we lock up for winter we just wanted to thank everyone who visited this year, it’s been great fun and we hope you’ve all enjoyed yourselves as much as we have. We will be admitting inmates again next Easter and over the summer as well as half term and Halloween for our fifth season. We hope to see you then! #JailBreak

Spooktacular treats await this weekend! Ghosts, witches, curses, torture....fiendish fun for all the Family with our 'li...
25/10/2018

Spooktacular treats await this weekend! Ghosts, witches, curses, torture....fiendish fun for all the Family with our 'live' Haunted Halloween performance Tours. Book today - https://bit.ly/2E73mPa

Saturday 27 + Sunday 28 October every 30 mins from 10.15 - 17.15 🧙‍♀️

19/10/2018

Who’s ready for inspection? The Old Town Jail is open all weekend with top rated performance tours every 30 mins daily from 10.15 - 17.15 👮‍♀️ Tickets available on arrival £6.50 per adult and £4.50 per child (over 5yrs) www.oldtownjail.co.uk #Stirling

We’ve pulled out all the stops for an amazing autumn here in Stirling. Check out what’s on offer below 🥁🍻🍁🧙‍♀️
10/10/2018
Stirling: Alive with Scotland

We’ve pulled out all the stops for an amazing autumn here in Stirling. Check out what’s on offer below 🥁🍻🍁🧙‍♀️

🍂Stirling has it all this autumn🍂

Check out our latest blog post for some of the top things to do this season in Stirling bit.ly/AutumnStirling

🎃 Pumpkin picking
👻 Halloween Horrors
🍁 Forest walks and trails
👩‍🎤 Music and Comedy nights
🎆 Bonfire night

Let us know what you're up to this autumn in the comments below 👇

Arnprior Pumpkins Stirling Old Town Jail Blair Drummond Safari Park Engine Shed Stirling Ghostwalk The Battle of Bannockburn Experience Go Ape Aberfoyle The National Wallace Monument Tolbooth Stirling Stirling Arcade Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park

Ghosts, witches, curses, torture....fiendish fun for all the Family with our 'live' Haunted Halloween weekend performanc...
08/10/2018

Ghosts, witches, curses, torture....fiendish fun for all the Family with our 'live' Haunted Halloween weekend performance Tours. Book today - https://bit.ly/2E73mPa

Saturday 27 + Sunday 28 October every 30 mins from 10.15 - 17.15 🧙‍♀️

***** Amazing guided tour***** We loved it***** Outstanding ***** A must do while in Stirling Take a live performance to...
04/09/2018

***** Amazing guided tour
***** We loved it
***** Outstanding
***** A must do while in Stirling

Take a live performance tour of the Old Town Jail today and discover the amazing history of crime and punishment in Stirling - tours run every 30 mins - tickets from £4.50 per person #OldTownJail www.oldtownjail.co.uk

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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.

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"Have been catched for streaking through the castle and condemned to an on leash visit of the museum. Lucky me, I received some treats and water!" Sultan and his humans had a great time in Stirling Old Town Jail! :D
#oldtownjail cellfie! 😂
Need a history fix, during the lockdown? Well, perhaps I can help with that. I'm Chief Warden at the Old Town Jail (so STAY SAFE IN YOUR CELLS, you 'orrible lot!), and writer and performer of the popular Stirling GhostWalk. With no GhostWalks and no Old Town Jail to occupy me – we were, infuriatingly, less than a week away from our Grand Re-Opening when the lockdown happened – I’ve spent much of the last month adapting some of the most popular Stirling GhostWalk stories into a podcast, ‘Spooks & Bogles’, on the Patreon host-site – exploring the histories (and mysteries) behind these tales. In recent episodes I’ve examined The Curse of Alloa Tower, the Millhall Ghost, haunting reported at The Tolbooth – and will, this week, be looking in greater depth at the 1944 ‘Witch Trial’ of medium Helen Duncan. Interested? I HOPE so! If you ARE, you can find ‘Spooks & Bogles: The Stirling GhostWalk Podcast’ on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/user?u=32210091&fan_landing=true Secondly, I’m planning a couple of episodes, in the near future, looking at ghost-hunters and paranormal groups who have visited sites such as the Old Town Jail, Cowane’s Hospital, and so forth. My main area of interest is the stories and the history behind them, but I’m keen – sceptically, but not cynically – to explore different perspectives. To that end, if you have attended vigils or studies in Stirling sites, and have thoughts (or, even better, AUDIO!) which might be useful in such shows, and which you would be happy sharing...let me know. Anyhoo. Stay safe. Stay sane. And stay sanitized!
My first marriage was to a Donald Macintyre and his family always maintained that an ancestor was Governor of Stirling Castle. In later years I started to trace the family history but I could find nothing about Stirling Castle until I had my son’s DNA tested via Ancestry.com . A distant cousin contacted me via Ancestry and informed me that his Great Great Grandfather Alexander McIntyre was Governor of Stirling Jail in 1861. This is confirmed on the 1861 Census. I am going to visit Stirling in June this year with my daughter in law and we are really looking forward to doing the Old Jail Tour!
What an excellent experience today visiting the jail. The girls doing the tour were brilliant and scary. Haha. Cracking views from the top of the turret, over Stirling and the Wallace monument. Thoroughly recommend a visit. Thank you, ladies for taking care of us. Robert Neilson
It's been great!!! 👍🏻
The price is Fantastic value for money and David Kinnaird was SO talented that our tour with him made our whole holiday. Thank you so much 😊
Hi, are you able to please advise me on what the acess is like for your disabled customers please? I tried to find info online but couldnt find any. Can i park near? What is access like around the building? Many thanks. X
BY POPULAR DEMAND (I'm VERY glad to say) we'll be re-opening the Stirling Old Town Jail a wee bit earlier than expected - with Preview Weekends on 23 & 24 June and 30 June & 1 July, in advance of our daily opening July-to-September.
Glad to report that the Stirling Old Town Jail has earned itself another TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, for 2018. Many thanks to all who took time to review the attraction...lets see if we can nudge that Four-Star rating up to a Five during this year's summer-season!
And the winner of 'Stirling Internship Programme – Mentor of the Year’, part of the University of Stirling STAR Awards is.....Geoff Morrison. Well done, Geoff. I was asked to pick up the award on your behalf...and it’ll be on your desk at the Stirling Old Town Jail waiting for you when you return from your holiday.