Heritage Open Day at The Old Prison

Saturday 12/09/15 10:30 - 16:30

The Old Prison

Visit the Old Prison as part of National Heritage Open Days. Free tour at 11am on Saturday 12th September.

A visit to the Old Prison offers you a unique glimpse into life in a 19th century House of Correction. Built in 1792, this Grade Ç* historic building was a fine example of a model prison and its use continued as a penal institution, court or police station for nearly 200 years.

Michael Banks, a local historian, will be leading free guided tours of the Prison, including the cells and cellar, at 11am on Saturday 12th and 2pm on Sunday 13th September.

The Old Prison is now home to the Escape to the Cotswolds discovery centre, the Rural Life Collection and the Cotswold Lion Cafe.

Heritage Open Days is the country’s largest heritage festival with over 4,600 events, around 40,000 volunteers and some three million visitors taking part last year. Celebrating local history, architecture and culture, the four-day event offers everyone the chance to explore hidden places and experience something new - all of which is completely free of charge.