Step back in time as you walk through 125 years of turbulent history inside "Scotland’s Toughest Jail".
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”.
Please Note: No Electric Wheel Chair access. Assistance Dogs Only (No Pets).
- Adult £10
- Child (age 6-16) £5.50 (5 & Under free)
- Senior £7.50
- Family £25 (2 Adults & 2 Children)
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- Schools/Colleges/Educational Tours:
- Teachers/Classroom Assistants free
- students £3 per head.
- Constituted Groups1 e.g. Rotary, Round Table:
- Adult £8
- Senior £6
1Registered Groups only e.g. Rotary, Round Table
Stagecoach bus stop Peterhead, HM Prison available directly outside of the building. For more information use the Stagecoach Bus Timetable.
There is limited disabled spaces available in front of the main enterance.
For free car parking follow the museum signs.
Coach/Bus Tours parking available on the drive outside the building. Additional parking for coaches at the Lido car park.
Peterhead Prison Museum, Admiralty Gateway, South Road, Peterhead, AB42 2ZX (click the link for directions)