Coming Soon

The Julia Park Barry of Glasgow - Lifeboat Museum (Opening 22nd of July 2019)

Our new Lifeboat Museum is nearing completion including the restoration of the former lifeboat. The Julia Park Barry of Glasgow served in Peterhead from 1939-1969 and saved 496 lives during its service. Following that it served as a relief lifeboat for a period, then as a leisure craft, before being purchased by Professor Sir Lewis D Ritchie OBE FRSE and returned to Peterhead in 2013. 

We are proud that the Lifeboat Museum will be within the grounds of Peterhead Prison Museum adding a further attraction for visitors to enjoy from summer 2019.  Further details to follow soon.

Model Railway

Looking towards 2020 we are currently developing areas that will host a scale replica model of the train system that ran between the prison and granite quarry 2.5 miles south of Peterhead, where the inmates toiled daily to support the build of the "Harbour of Refuge". For more information visit:

The railway was the first "state owned railway" in Britain and the model will also show locations that are now long gone, like the former village of Burnhaven and the Long John Distillery, as well as showing visitors the landscape that used to surround the prisoners daily journey in their secure carriages. For more information visit:

Another room will showcase the granite itself and explain to visitors that granite from the quarry was also used in such locations as the base of the fountains at Trafalgar Square and as part of Tower Bridge in London. For more information visit:

Under development escape rooms in a unique location, opening summer 2020.