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“Awesomely creepy” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Galleries of Justice

Galleries of Justice
High Pavement | The Lace Market, Nottingham NG1 1HN, England
+44 115 952 0555
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Ranked #2 of 50 Attractions in Nottingham
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Tours, Museums
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Owner description: Discover Nottingham's horrible history at the Galleries of Justice Museum through engaging actor led tours, fascinating free exhibitions and free kids activities. Experience life as a prisoner as you are taken on a journey through time to explore original prison cells, caves, dungeons and original Victorian Courtrooms. PLUS! Why not try their After Dark Tours and experience a Ghost Tour or Terror Tour every weekend? The Galleries of Justice Museum has recently been voted England's Best Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2014!
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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“Awesomely creepy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

This is one of my favourite museums that I've ever visited. You can learn a lot and it is brought to life in a fascinating way. I love this place for preserving history... the atmosphere really spooks me out :) Recommended!

Visited September 2012
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“Well worth a visit, not to be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Full marks to the sponsors of this little piece of Nottingham history for preserving this time capsule of crime and punishment. It is well worth the moderate charge for a 'actor led tour', which introduces the visitor to a role-played introduction to what must have been one of the most unpleasant gaols to end up in. The visitor joins in a 'trial' before being 'taken down' to the prison where various costumed characters walk you through the horror of Victorian incarceration. In fact, there has been a prison here from late medieval times - witness the surviving 'oubliettes' where, once thrown in, there was no food, no water and no exit. The prison took its preserved form in the 18th and 19th centuries and the visitor can appreciate what it meant to be banged up here with no comfort and little hope. A grim gallows is a reminder of the ultimate price paid by many prisoners and a well-organised exhibition also takes the visitor through the prisoner's transportation to Australia.

This was one of the worst Victorian prisons and, when the prison system was nationalised, it was the first to close, although the court room remained in use. Interwoven with the historical artefacts are other, well-organised exhibits from a later age so that we see how prison, and especially provision for young offenders, has improved. Not for the fainthearted is the condemned cell; the visitor enters at the tolling of the bell and learns what would have happened on that last, short walk. A gallows, attended by Albert Pierrepoint, the last hangman, reinforces the story. On exit, visitors are invited to vote for and against the return of the death penalty by posting their ticket in the appropriate slot. When we visited, a reassuring 91% were opposed.

This is a living museum, sensibly operated by its Trust and, in partnership with National Centre for Citizenship and the Law, playing an important role in educating young people to stay out of gaol.

Well worth a visit.

Visited August 2013
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“Informative and entertaining!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

As the title of this review states, our visit to the Galleries of Justice was both informative and entertaining.

The day was very well organised, all the staff were very helpful and the characters really added to the experience.

There are lots of hands on exhibits that enable you to get a real feel of crime and punishments throughout history.

Some of the corridors are rather narrow and have low ceilings, so watch your head!

Well worth a visit if you are thinking of having a day out in Nottingham.

Visited May 2013
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

Very interesting place. You can spend hours there as so much to see. You also get to role play which is fun. But beware if you don't like dark enclosed spaces as you get to experience what the cells were like.

Visited September 2012
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“very interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Excellent value for money, learnt aot of interesting facts loved it how the people that work there really get into there characters

Visited August 2013
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