Stirling Old Town Jail

Join us on a journey through the grim and gruesome history of Crime and Punishment in the Royal Burgh.

Hear the histories of our places of punishment – and the bloody, bizarre and sometimes baffling tales of the Burgh’s heroes and villains. Learn about the Tolbooth’s notorious ‘Happy Hangman’, Jock Rankin, the ‘Union Martyrs’ Baird and Hardie – hanged and beheaded in 1820 for asking for the right to vote – the murderer Allan Mair, crusading prison reformer Frederick Hill….and many more!

These characters, and others, truly come to life through our award winning live performance tours, telling the story of the Old Town Jail itself. There is also the chance to explore the original cells and visit the observation platform on the roof for some of the best views of the area.

It’s £6.50 per adult and £4.50 for kids for the full tour (under 5’s are free), performance tours run every 30mins from 10.15am until 5.15pm daily over the summer.

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