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Review of Galleries of Justice

Galleries of Justice
Shire Hall | High Pavement, Nottingham NG1 1HN, England
01159 520 555
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Ranked #3 of 63 attractions in Nottingham
Type: History Museums, Historic Sites, Tours
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Owner description: This interactive museum takes you through a realistic rendering of the 14th-century penal system, from crime to punishment.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Papamoa, New Zealand
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“Go!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Fantastic experience - we were a little worried at the start that it would be Naff, but it was fantastic, and really thought provoking - kids loved it and prompted lots of discussion later about crime and punishment, execution and the fairness of the justice system. It remains with you.

Visited December 2013
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“Great fun and educational too”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Took my 5-year old son and 6-year old nephew in the school holidays. The actors are brilliant and really get you into the spirit of the old days. The tour is led by an old infamous inmate and we get to see how his trial might have looked before heading down to the cells. This can be a bit scary for young children (one child was crying and had to be taken out), so if your child is sensitive, be warned!

It's an equally good visit for adults and there were some adults visiting without children.

They also do some excellent ghost hunting visits if you are feeling brave! Quite eery in the caves under the buildings...!

Visited August 2013
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Coventry, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Very interesting building. Guides were very good. Coffee shop food ok. Building a bit cold . Traditional courtroom

Visited November 2013
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Ok, but wont be going again”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

As an ex prison officer myself, and my partner is a current officer, we both get in here for free. we brought along our son who to be honest thoroughly enjoyed it, but we found it a little boring tbh.

The first part of the tour is greatfun but then when you go to the war section, this feels a little random and that its only there to fill the space. I would definately have been very unhappy if i had had to have paid to get in, but as it was free for us, we cant complain too much.

Visited November 2013
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“Informative but unsettling - not sure this is really entertainment”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We've visited a few old courthouses and former jails around the world but hadn't previously come across this one in Nottingham until we happened to be passing through the area one weekend. If arriving by car, the signage provided is terrible and our satnav was also confused as to the location. After about 20 minutes driving around we eventually found it and were lucky to get an available space in the (very small) car park across the road. No doubt there are other parking options available and to locals it is completely obvious, but those not familiar with Nottingham please take note.

Once inside the museum we were put on the next available tour, which allowed time for a quick coffee in the very nice on-site cafe and a visit to the loos (nice and clean despite the age of the building!). Our tour (the last of the day on a Saturday afternoon at 4pm) was busy with several large family groups, other couples and a party of overseas students who seemed completely bemused by the "in-character" guide. My own personal view is that a museum dealing with some very grisly, and frankly disturbing, aspects of crime and punishment is NOT suitable for under-10's but this of course never seems to enter the minds of some of those with small kids.

Our guide was quite a character (in more ways than one) and did her best to entertain and herd the large group round the various parts of the exhibition. It's probably a fine line to draw, but I did think that the guided tour was a bit too light-hearted and at times tended to trivialise the appalling conditions and suffering of those who passed through the justice system as recently as a couple of hundred years ago.

We found the time we had available after the tour had ended to be more educational as we were able to take more time to read the information panels and explore the rabbit warren of corridors underneath the court-room level. Particularly after the more noisy members of the tour had departed, this area had a very eerie feel to it and we were not surprised to hear the building has a reputation for ghost sightings! To be honest we were glad to make our way back to our hotel after this visit - better informed about the history of our country's justice system, but also unsettled by what we'd experienced.

Visited December 2013
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