Pupil Referral Units

Offering students the opportunity to immerse themselves into an unknown world

From the moment your students step through the giant prison gates, they’ll know that they are in for a truly immersive experience.

Very few people get the opportunity to experience a real 17th-century prison. Running school trips like these shines a light on the history of prison life and offers an insight into an otherwise unknown world.

History can be covered in the tour and Q&A sessions. Our highly qualified tour guides offer a real experience without the gimmicks or artifice.


  • Group 19 Tailor-made Programmes
  • Group 8 The Tour
  • Group 12 Prison Experience
  • Cell Escape
  • Group 9 Q&A
Shepton Mallet Prison Pupil Referrals

Tailor Made Programmes

Guided Tours form the basis of all school trips; additional activities can be added to suit pupils learning requirements. 

The Tour

The experience starts in Visits, takes in the wings, the cells, including the segregation units, exercise yards, treadwheel building and the execution room. The experience is around an hour and half. 

Prisoner Experience

Your students will experience what it is like to be processed into prison. Handing over their belongings they will change into a prison order orange jumpsuit (to be worn over their normal clothes).

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Cell Escape

Your students will be split into small groups, allocated a cell and given an allotted time to escape solving puzzles and clues. This encourages collaborative working and is mentally challenging.


Choosing from a range of topics your students will get the opportunity to ask as many questions as they like and have topical discussions with the tour guides who have an encyclopaedic knowledge. The guide’s prison experience is invaluable and offers a true insight into life behind bars.

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Our Education Co-ordinator can send over our brochure and booking form for your school trip at Shepton Mallet Prison. We advise booking as far in advance as possible to get your desired date.

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Mon-Sun: 10am-5pm