Old Town Jail

A Heritage Site in Stirling

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Old Town Jail stands at the heart of the city's historic quarter. If the outside was forbidding and grim - then it didn't get any better inside. The Victorian reformers practised what they preached - which wasn't exactly comforting for the poor inmates. 'Coarse food; a dress of shame; hard, incessant, irksome labour; a planned and regulated and unrelenting exclusion of happiness and comfort' was their prescription for the unfortunate souls detained within these walls. Nowadays The Old Town Jail is an intriguing attraction for visitors to Stirling - and the perfect starting point for exploring the oldest part of the city. * Meet the prison warden, the Victorian reformer, Stirling's notorious hangman, and the convict determined to escape. Fantastic live prison tours * Prison Beastie Hunt - just for children! * Audio Tour in 5 languages * Look out from the Rooftop Viewpoint - for a fantastic view of Stirling and the countryside

Old Town Jail

St. John Street
T 01786 450050
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Stirling is most famous for the battle of Bannockburn but around the city are the sites of many battles fought from Roman times when southern invaders would drive the Scots into the hills North of Stirling that was land considered unconquerable and worthless. The city now has an interesting ancient quarter, the spectacular castle and the Wallace monument that are all worth visiting and also just outside the city the Blairgowrie wildlife park - Scotland's premier big animal wildlife zoo and adventure playground.