THE PRISON

Step back in time as you walk through 125 years of turbulent history inside "Scotland’s Toughest Jail".

The former Victorian HM Convict Prison Peterhead is unique in that it sits within a 6 acre site, had the first state owned railway in the UK and part of the history saw the only time the SAS (Special Air Service) were used to end a domestic siege in mainland Britain.

The museum highlights the work of the brave personnel that served here between 1888- 2013, you will visually see what “real” prison life was like, whilst listening to the officers speak of their experiences as part of the audio tour that accompanies your tour and your sense of smell will be stimulated as you enter the laundry, shower block and hospital areas’. A family fun, day out in Peterhead

Peterhead Prison crest

HISTORY

During your tour you will walk the halls and corridors of the former “HM Convict Prison Peterhead” the only “convict prison” in Scotland (To come here you would have been sentenced to penal servitude).

Our tour includes audio headsets and usually takes 1.30 – 2 hours, however there are no time restrictions, therefore come along and enjoy the experience at your own pace. Due to graphic audio content, 5 and under are not provided with headsets, ages 6 to 12 at parental discretion.

You will see the cells, halls, kitchen, laundry, barbers shop, booking in area and shower block, before hearing about the “A Frame” used to give inmates 10-20 of the “lash” from 1888 – 1939. You will then enter the court room and punishment block, before stepping into the “silent cell” then across the former exercise yard and into the hospital.

On the upper floor of the hospital sits our “Refuge Café” named after the “Harbour of Refuge” built in part with convict labour to create a safe haven for shipping during stormy weather conditions.

You can then “take refuge” in our Scottish themed café, where you will over- look the harbour and town of Peterhead, while enjoying some tasty treats and reflect on your “experience within these walls”

If you have children aged 5 or under please ask admissions team for a copy of our “Hunt the Lego Figure”.

Visitor Map

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Visitor Information

  • If you, or a family member, are feeling unwell or displaying symptoms of Covid-19 please reconsider your visit and return another time when safe to do so.
  • These symptoms include: HIGH TEMPERATURE; NEW CONTINUOUS COUGH; LOSS OR CHANGE TO YOUR SENSE OF TASTE OR SMELL. https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus-covid-19
  • We ask that customers purchase their tickets online via www.peterheadprisonmuseum.com or by card or contactless payment. Please note on line ticketing is at a reduced cost to support the current drive to stop, where possible, cash handling by our team.
  • We are continuing our rigorous daily hygiene routines throughout the museum.
  • Motion sensor hand sanitising units and cleaning stations will be available at key locations throughout the route, these will be clearly marked.
  • Audio sets will be sanitised between every use.
  • We have installed protective screens at our tills.
  • Appropriate PPE has been provided for team members and you can check current Scottish Government Guidelines on face coverings where appropriate: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-public-use-of-face-coverings
  • Team members will receive in depth training and daily briefings on how to keep themselves and visitors safe.
  • A queuing system may be in operation outside the main reception at peak times.
  • Physical distance markings will be in place inside and outside of the museum.
  • In the interests of safety please keep any children within your own physical family space throughout your visit.
  • ABOVE ALL ELSE PLEASE ENJOY YOUR EXPERIENCE, WHILE BEING RESPECTFUL OF OTHER VISITOR'S AND TEAM MEMBER'S PHYSICAL SPACE.

Great Days Out

Save up to 50% off the next time you visit us between 6th November 2021 – 18th February 2022, with a maximum discount value of £20 per ticket.

Please go to our “Buy Tickets” Button and once you have selected your tickets just add the promo code HMP1888.

*  This offer is subject to availability and must be pre-booked in advance to avoid disappointment.
We are open daily 10-4 with last entry being 2.30.

Save up to 50% off the next time you visit us, use the promo code HMP1888 online.