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Self-Guided Tour


Next availability: Today, 10am

If you’re looking for a day out with a difference, you’re in the right place. Explore the whole prison at your leisure, take photos and CELL-fies as you soak up the atmosphere of this amazing 400-year-old prison during our self-guided tour.

Our Self-Guided Tour is an ideal day out for families with young children who would like to investigate our historical venue at their own pace.

Tour Overview

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There is so much to explore…

You will be given a visitor guide and map. As you explore around the prison, don’t forget to use the sound boxes to learn the facts and history of the prison. The information boards and interpretation spaces add fascinating background details to your visit with staff always available to point you in the right direction and answer any questions you may have.

After you arrive in Visits, make your way to the recently renovated kitchens where you can see where the preparation and cooking of meals for the prisoners took place.

The graves of seven executed men can be found against the perimeter wall as  well as the site of two Military Firing Squad Executions.

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Explore Behind Bars…

Around the Treadwheel building, learn about the various forms of Victorian hard labour and the types of diseases prisoners suffered from whilst inside the infirmary above. Features of the original 1600s prison can be discovered in the Old Gate Lodge as well as the Governor’s office.

Surrounding the exercise yard are three of the prison’s Victorian wings with the fourth just a short distance away. Head to the execution room to follow in the footsteps of the many condemned men who would be hanged within the prison.

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A full day out…

Finish your trip back in Visitor centre where a number of prison and local history displays can be found. Visit the Gift shop and Café where you can pick up a huge range of Shepton Mallet Prison memorabilia so you’ll never forget your time behind bars.

Shepton Mallet Prison has a small cafe on site, open all day every day. Why not break up your day by enjoying one of our barista style coffees and a sweet or savoury snack?

We would encourage you to book online in advance to receive a discount on all self-guided tours.

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Tickets & Entry…

Self-Guided Tours are available daily 10am – 5pm.


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Opening Hours

Mon-Sun: 10am-5pm