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The Dana Prison - Jailhouse Tours

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Dana Jail Shrewsbury

We had a brilliant, informative and sometimes very sad tour of the jail, well worth the visit and... read more

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Cheshirecat20
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Cheshire
Amazing place!

Well I had some time to kill whilst in Shrewsbury and I decided to spend a tenner to go here. It... read more

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Gazza28
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Shrewsbury prison, Shrewsbury was built in 1793 and for the past 200 years has be home to 1000's of criminals. Now its been opened to the public by Jailhouse tours, who run daily guided tours of the site, evening ghost tours, escape events, prison...more
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Reviewed yesterday

We had a brilliant, informative and sometimes very sad tour of the jail, well worth the visit and worth paying for the tour guide as he answered many questions and was very experienced. Worth taking a jacket as in some areas it was quite cool,...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

Well I had some time to kill whilst in Shrewsbury and I decided to spend a tenner to go here. It was excellent as I could literally walk the path of a prisoner from start to finish (whichever way they left the prison - legally,...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Gazza28
Sandra E, Head Customer Sales Assistant at The Dana Prison - Jailhouse Tours, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hi Gazza28, We are so pleased you had a great time exploring The Dana it really is an amazing building. Thank you for your in-depth review and we look forward to welcoming you at another event in the future. Kind regards Sandra

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What an eye opener!! Our tour guide Graham was fabulous, an Ex-Dana Prison Officer who knows the place inside out, gave us both sides of prison life, plus an insight into modern prisons. What he doesn't know can fit on the back of a postage...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank thorpudge
Sandra E, Head Customer Sales Assistant at The Dana Prison - Jailhouse Tours, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hi thorpudge, Thank you for your review, it certainly sounds like you both had an enjoyable tour. We hope to see you at another event in the future. Kind regards Sandra

Reviewed 2 days ago

What an amazing experience...a guided tour with Graham ( the silver fox) who was an absolute gem. What he didn’t know about the history of the building and the systems that were in place during his service there wouldn’t be worth knowing....he is the font...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank kathallan25
Sandra E, Head Customer Sales Assistant at The Dana Prison - Jailhouse Tours, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hi kathallan25, So pleased you both had a great tour, the ‘Silver Fox’ certainly brings the Prison to life. Thank you for your review and we look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Kind regards Sandra

Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited yesterday 17th August used the day to meet up with relations for the day , there were eight of us did the 2 pm tour , the guide Graham was brilliant a guy with over 30 years experience, he was very informative of prison...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank bonzo2016
Sandra E, Head Customer Sales Assistant at The Dana Prison - Jailhouse Tours, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hi bonzo2016, Great to hear your relatives and you had a great day out and had an interesting and informative tour with Graham. Thank you for your review and recommendation. Kind regards Sandra

Reviewed 4 days ago

Certainly one of the most interesting tours I have been on and one which I would highly recommend. Dana Prison itself is a fascinating historical place but it really came 'alive' due to the detailed information that was given to us by our excellent tour...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Clare G
Sandra E, Head Customer Sales Assistant at The Dana Prison - Jailhouse Tours, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hi Clare G, Thank you for your in-depth review. It is lovely to hear you really enjoyed your tour and now have a great insight into Prison Life. Kind regards Sandra

Reviewed 4 days ago

Our guide Graham I think that was his name. He had spent 30 years in the prison service, part of that time at Shrewsbury Prison. He was so knowledgeable about what prisoners did, the scams they got up to, and the need for constant vigilance...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank alanbailey44
Sandra E, Head Customer Sales Assistant at The Dana Prison - Jailhouse Tours, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hi alanbailey44, Wow, thank you, what a lovely review. We are so pleased you had a great tour, our Guides certainly bring the Prison to life with their experiences. Kind regards Sandra

Reviewed 5 days ago

I found the tour very interesting and informative. Really enjoyed listening to the tour guide. This place is definitely worth a visit in my opinion.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Jcb B
Sandra E, Head Customer Sales Assistant at The Dana Prison - Jailhouse Tours, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hi Jcb B Very pleased you enjoyed your tour, our Guides certainly have a wealth of knowledge. Thank you for your recommendation. Kind regards Sandra

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Inside the Dana prison is very cold so make sure you are wrapped up warm, though this does add to the eeriness of the prison. The tour guide was great and the prison was fascinating, it will make you think about what it would be...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank dan4159
Sandra E, Head Customer Sales Assistant at The Dana Prison - Jailhouse Tours, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hi dan4159, Pleased to hear you now have a good insight into Prison Life. Warm jackets are offered free of charge for people on Guided Tours, apologies if you were not made aware of this. Thank you for your review. Kind regards Sandra

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great day out with fantastic history..... really great value as they had a special offer on. Only negative was we could not get a coffee as you for some reason have to buzz a bell to get in the cafe 🤪, buzzed 6 times and...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank chandrisw
Sandra E, Head Customer Sales Assistant at The Dana Prison - Jailhouse Tours, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hi chandrisw, Pleased you had a great day out but apologies for your lack of coffee. Orders have to be given at the Fun House and they were very busy. We will be altering this arrangement soon. Thank you for your feedback. Kind regards Sandra

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Hannah S
August 14, 2019|
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Response from Sandra E | Property representative |
Hi Hannah You will be able to take the buggy around all the ground floors but will have to carry the toddler up stairs to upper floor. We also have a Children’s Fun House on site that you might like to visit. Enjoy your... More
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Kiki W
August 9, 2019|
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Response from Sandra E | Property representative |
Self-Guided Tours do not have to be booked. Guided-Tours have to be booked in advance.
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Emilywright1989
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Response from Fulcrum122 | Reviewed this property |
There is a lower level accessible with prams but you won't be able to get up to the the other levels. All you'll really miss is the view looking down.
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