Shepton Mallet Prison
Culture > Heritage
Shepton Mallet Prison is open to the public - but only until October!
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Guided Prison Tours
Walk in the footsteps of prisoners who have been residents of the wings during the last 400 years. Discover what happens behind the high walls and locked doors. Find out more about the hidden world of Capital Punishment from Public Hangings to Execution Rooms and Firing Squad.
Visit Jailhouse Tours at Shepton Mallet Prison for one of ‘the world’s most interactive prison tours’.
Jailhouse Tours conducts guided tours run by ex-prison officers who once managed these very wings. Our two-hour tours give you the opportunity to view this historic building and learn more about its history dating back to 1610.
Once inside, your journey will take you through various areas of this once working prison where you will learn about its history, its inmates, daily life, visits and prison work as well as discover the truth behind Shepton Mallet Prisons' grisly history with executions.
Throughout the tour you will be able to ask questions of your guides and hear stories from the early days through to modern times. You will be given the chance to have a ‘Closed Cell’ experience, which involves entering cells and having the doors closed behind you, to fully appreciate what it would have been like for a prisoner.
Prison tours last for two hours and cover approximately one mile and 200 stairs. Children are allowed on tours but we recommend parental guidance as some of the content may be unsuitable. We regret we are unable to provide wheelchair access on these tours.
Alternatively, explore Shepton Mallet Prison at your own pace. Use our Visitors' Guide and sign-posting to find your way around the site to learn facts about each area, take photos and soak up the reality of being incarcerated. To enjoy a self-guided tour simply turn up at the prison and pay on the day. The site is open from 10:00 - 17:00 during term time and 10:00 - 18:00 during school holidays, last entry is 1 hour before close.
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