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EXPERIENCE LIFE BEHIND BARS IN SHEPTON MALLET PRISON

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WELCOME TO SHEPTON MALLET PRISON

Experience a traditional Victorian prison, set across two wings with 178 cells.
Explore the Reception where new prisoners were processed, the exercise yard, the main wings and feel the atmosphere in the darkest part of the prison, the Execution Room, which was used until 1961.

Our Guided Tours are run by ex-Prison Officers, who will give you first-hand insight into crimes committed by inmates and what their daily life was like inhabiting this fascinating prison which was built to house 350 men and 22 women.

Things to do in Somerset at Shepton Mallet Prison Tour

PRISON TOURS

  • Guided by Ex-Officers
  • Self-Guided option
  • Great for all ages
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ACTIVITIES

  • Escape Rooms
  • Turf Wars
  • Fun for groups of all ages
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EVENTS

  • Night Behind Bars
  • Paranormal Investigations
  • Special Events
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DIVE INTO 400 YEARS OF BRITISH HISTORY

FILLED WITH FASCINATING TALES

Shepton Mallet Prison is one of the UK’s most notorious Victorian prisons which welcomes over 300 prisoners across 178 cells and four wings. Steeped in history and jaw-dropping true stories, look forward to a unique insight into life behind bars.

From infamous prison escapes to coldblooded crimes and the day-to-day activities of the inmates; Shepton Mallet Prison is full of unforgettable stories that will amaze and astound you!

A prison cell | Shepton Mallet Prison
Awesome family day out. The whole experience from entering the prison to leaving was welcome, authentic, unique and comes highly recommended.
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WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER

Guided Tours by former Prison Officers Unique prison cell escape rooms Cafe, museum & gift shop Fun for all the family, old or young! Great value Self-Guided Tour options pin Dog friendly location

TRIPADVISOR’S #1 DESTINATION

We’re proud to be rated the #1 tourist destination in Somerset on Tripadvisor, with an average rating of 5/5 from over 2,500 reviews. Visit us to see what we’re all about!

AS SEEN ON THE BIG SCREEN

From Hollywood blockbusters to BBC dramas, Shepton Mallet Prison has provided iconic backdrops to many films and TV series.

Most recently, the prison was used as the location for the hit drama, The Outlaws, starring Christopher Walken and Stephen Merchant.

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HOME TO INFAMOUS INMATES

The Kray Twins, Reginald Kray and Ronald Kray, were called up to do their National Service with Royal Fusiliers in 1952, but attempted to leave minutes after they arrived at their depot. Ronnie punched a Corporal who tried to stop them from leaving and thus, the twins were sentenced to serve 9 months in Shepton Mallet Prison. It was here they first met future rivals Charlie Richardson and George Cornell.

Learn more about our infamous inmates on our fascinating Guided Tours!

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PRISON TOURS

  • Guided by Ex-Officers
  • Self-Guided option
  • Great for all ages
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