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Galleries of Justice Museum

Shire Hall
High Pavement

Tel: +44 (0)115 952 0555

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Galleries of Justice Museum

Partial Closure February 2017 - 1st April 2017*

*The Galleries of Justice Museum will follow a partial closure period from the end of February 2017 - 1st April 2017 as they make improvements to the building. During this time you will be able to experience heritage Lace Market tours and a brand new tour of the original 1905 police station – an area which is rarely seen by the general public.

Based at Nottinghams old courthouse and gaol, there are many ways to explore the Galleries of Justice Museum, with free exhibitions, audio & performance led tours and a themed café.

Whatever you choose to do, you will be delving in to the dark and disturbing past of crime and punishment.

Travel back in time to the days when Nottingham Shire Hall was the only place in the UK where you could be tried, incarcerated and hanged on the front steps, all in the name of justice.

Witness a real trial in the original Victorian courtroom, put your family in the dock before being sentenced and 'sent down' to the original prison cells.

England’s history of Crime and Punishment is a shocking one. As are the sinister and grim stories of Nottingham’s own outlaws which are brought to life in the building where they were judged, imprisoned and executed.
To capture and explain this grim and gruesome history, we use actors, audio guides, guide sheets & boards, lighting, sounds, set dressing and exhibitions. Our aim is to educate, entertain and inform everyone who comes through our doors.

We are the only museum of its kind in Europe, home to the Villainous Sheriff of Nottingham and the only venue where you can discover Nottingham’s horrible history! We preserve the site of Nottinghamshire’s old Courthouse and County Gaol as well as maintaining a vast collection of spine chilling artefacts relating to Crime and Punishment over the last three centuries. We also have a free Robin Hood exhibition on site where you can learn all about Nottingham’s most famous outlaw!
We are an independent museum and a charity as part of The Egalitarian Trust which means we rely upon admission charges, fundraising and providing corporate hospitality to help keep the museum open.

What does it cost?

Adult: £9.95

Child/Concession: £7.95 (children are classed as 5yrs – 15yrs. Children aged 14yrs or under must be accompanied by an adult. Under 4’s are free of charge. Student MUST show a valid NUS card on arrival to receive the student discount.)

Family ticket: £29.95 (2 adults and 2 concessions or 1 adult and 3 children)

Joint tickets with the City of Caves are also available saving you 20%

Adult: £15.00

Child/concession: £11.75

Family ticket: £45.95 (2 adults and 2 concessions or 1 adult and 3 concessions)

Under 5’s Free of charge

Guidebooks: £2.95


Tickets can be booked online from the following links.


Regular tour -

Ghost Tour –

Spirits of the Dungeon -

Terror Tour -

If you require any further details or to check availability, please contact us on: 0115 9520555 or email

Please note in busy periods we cannot guarantee your desired tour time.

Please book your tour time at your earliest convenience on the day to avoid disappointment, particularly in the week as we sometimes have a substantial number of school group visits.

* Children aged 4yrs and under are free of charge. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Concessions are students or anyone aged 60+. Please note: Students MUST show their NUS card on arrival.

*Disclaimer: Please be aware that due to the nature of the building, in some parts of the tours there will be low ceilings, uneven floors and many steps. Flat shoes are advisable.


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