Photo: Matthew Wilkinson

Visit Stirling’s famous Victorian prison at the heart of the city’s historic quarter. Experience how the Victorians ensured that law breakers paid for their acts of criminality!

Meet the prison warden, the reformer, Stirling’s notorious hangman, and a convict who hasn’t yet learned the error of his ways. Discover what life was like in prison in the 19th century and what it meant if you got into trouble with the law.

Become a part of the prison in its heyday on a live prison tour that brings you face to face with characters that bring the building and its colourful history back to life!

The former jail in the town was ridden with damp and disease and condemned as Britain’s worst jail in 1840. Prisoners were subsequently moved in November 1847 to new accommodation: Old Town Jail.

You will encounter Jock Rankine, the unforgiving executioner, and William Brebner, the reformation officer who believed in keeping prisoners in complete isolation.

Dare to enter one of the cells, measuring 7 feet wide and 13 feet long, home to convicts such as Margaret Mitchell.

Don’t forget to take in the view of Stirling on the Old Town Jail rooftop, where you can take in sights such as The National Wallace Monument and the Forth Valley.


St. John Street, Stirling, FK8 1EA
Tel: 01786 450050
Times: April – October, daily, 10am – 5pm