This is so much more than just a museum of crime and punishment as it’s based in the former Nottingham courthouse and county gaol. The tour of the complex includes a visit to the court room and then you follow the steps of condemned men to the former prison cells below. Hangings took place in the rear courtyard which is also on the tour. There are now a variety of tours and exhibitions at the Galleries of Justice on different days including special ghost tours. They even claim to have a cell where Robin Hood might have been locked up! The museum is in Nottingham’s historic Lace Market on High Pavement, opposite the Lace Market Hotel. This is an extract from our free Nottingham City Guide.
We enjoyed our trip to the Galleries of Justice and felt the actors certainly enhanced the experience. We were most impressed with the actual building though and its incredible long history. The tours on offer at the Galleries of Justice include…
The Sheriff of Nottingham Tour – The sheriff puts Robin Hood on trial, before heading to the cells below. Available weekends & school holidays. Adult admission is £9.50 (2012 prices)
The Crime and Punishment Tour – You find out about the conditions prisoners were kept in and why their treatment led the gaol to finally close. Available Wednesday to Friday. Adult admission is £9.50 (2012 prices)
The Facts and Felons Audio Tour – Explore the entire building and its gruesome history. Available Mondays & Tuesdays (except school holidays). Adult admission is £9.50 (2012 prices).
The Ghosts and Ghouls Tour – You explore some of the spooky unexplained goings on reported recently following in the footsteps of the Most Haunted TV show. Available on the first Wednesday evening of the month. Booking and prices on 0115 952 0555
The Galleries of Justice is open daily from 10.30am to 5pm with additional evening tours on some days. If you wish you can buy a combined ticket for both the Galleries of Justice and its sister attraction, the City Of Caves which explores the underground network of caves below Nottingham.
LOCATION & CONTACT
Address: Galleries of Justice Museum, The Lace Market, Nottingham NG1 1HN
Tel: +44 (0) 115 952 0555
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