Self-Guided & Guided Tours - Shrewsbury Prison

Shrewsbury Prison

Available to 31 December 2024

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Drawing in Britain's most-wanted criminals and most-curious visitors, Shrewsbury Prison has been one of the best tourist attractions in Shropshire for nearly a decade.

There's so many things to do and see at Shrewsbury Jail

Standing behind the River Severn, the mass of high brick walls and barred windows dates back to the Georgian era and was home to a collection of criminals before being decommissioned in 2013.

Now, it's open for the public to explore. Choose between guided or self-guided tours and experience one of the most unique tourist attractions that dark tourism has to offer:

  • Experience Shrewsbury Jail's atmosphere: thousands of troubled souls have lived their lives here
  • Choose between a self-guided or guided tour and cater your experience to yourself
  • Explore the 172 male cells and 22 female cells!
  • Wander around the corridors and courtyards: the only freedom that prisoners could embrace
  • Hear first-hand stories from the prison's past: including prison life and anecdotes
  • Learn about visits, security checksexercise yards, medication and more!
  • Visit the Executioners Bedroom: where men sentenced to hang spent their last evening
  • See the Execution Room; where a total of eight men lost their lives
  • Explore with an expert guide: be on your best behaviour because they also double as Prison Guards
  • Embrace the Second Most Haunted Jail in the World; visit the darkest depths of the prison
  • Snap some unforgettable photo's: take a cell-fie!
  • Bring your nearest and dearest on this family-friendly tour: suitable for all ages!
  • Take part in Prison Activities: from axe-throwing, archery and escape rooms!

With so many different ways to see the famous prison in Shropshire, choose between Guided or Self-Guided tours and experience the museum your way.

Guided Tours at Shrewsbury Prison:

  • Led by a Prison Officer who will shine a light on the prisons past & present
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Suitability: All ages!
  • Times: Mon-Fri: 2:30pm. Sat-Sun: 10:30am, 12:30pm & 2:30pm. Holidays: 10:30am, 12:30pm & 2:30pm.
  • Tickets delivered instantly via email and text.

Self-Guided Tours at Shrewsbury Prison:

  • Explore and investigate the prisons premises at your own pace and leisure
  • Use maps and guides to assist you on your adventure
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Suitability: All ages!
  • Times: Anytime between 10am & 4pm - excluding Guided Tour times.
  • Tickets delivered instantly via email and text. 

To book tickets, choose which tour you'd like to embark upon and then select the appropriate date and times.

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How to find us

Address: Shrewsbury Prison, The Dana, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 2HP

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By Car:

There is a small car park opposite the prison which accepts card payments.

Additional parking can be found at the train station located 50 metres away, charging £4.50 per day.

By Train:

Shrewsbury Train Station (SHR) is located directly opposite the prison. 

If travelling by train, exit the station and head up the steps on the path to the left, then cross over the tracks using the Dana bridge.


  • Public transport accessible
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Paid parking
  • Toilets
  • Food and drink
  • Dog-friendly

Shrewsbury Prison welcomes all visitors - however, due to the nature of the historic site, wheelchair users do not have access to the entire building. 

  • The vast majority of the site is accessible, but there are traditional stairs between the landings that may cause difficulties. 
  • Functional stairlift
  • Disabled toilets
  • Accessible on-site restaurant.
  • Shrewsbury Jail's guided prison tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours. 
  • You are welcome to spend as long or as little as you'd like on-site. 

Yes, there is plenty of food and drinks available at Shrewsbury Prison.

  • There is a range of homemade cakes, bakes and desserts
  • Enjoy a delicious selection of hot and cold food
  • Wash it all down with a refreshing beverage


The team at Shrewsbury Prison love well-behaved dogs, pampered pooches and furry friends! 

Yes! Photos and videos on the tour are more than welcome - feel free to share them on social media, and make sure to get plenty of great CELL-fie's!

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