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The Tolbooth Museum

Closed Now: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Open today: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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An amazing place

I have lived in Aberdeen for most of my life and have never visited the old Tollbooth so took the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
482alastairw
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Prison museum well worth seeing. Very informative guides and displays. Well preserved and the... read more

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Town House | Castle Street/Union Street, Aberdeen AB11 5BQ, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have lived in Aberdeen for most of my life and have never visited the old Tollbooth so took the chance yesterday. It was much larger than I thought it would be and well thought out with plenty exhibits and interesting objects to look at....More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Prison museum well worth seeing. Very informative guides and displays. Well preserved and the layout, stairs, rooms help convey its brutal conditions.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Barbara R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Only a few rooms up very steep spiral staircases but I spent more time here than I thought I would reading the story boards and talking to the guides who really knew their stuff. Would recommend going. A few nice pubs in that area for...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank MixMasterMoll
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well hidden top end of Union St. What a great place to visit. Warning,spiral staircase is very steep and narrow. So much history and information about the criminal past of folk of Aberdeen. Best of all...its Free..Brilliant

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited with partner and 13 year old son earlier this week. We were given a card with information to take with us. This was fine at first but did become a hindrance when trying to negotiate the stairs. Once I had read it, I...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Yorkie106
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This was hidden away and a small doorway with no big signs. Friendly staff who helped to explain some of the items. The top cell has a talking inmate that did freak my youngest (3) out a little. The staircase to the museum was steep...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Luke_Crossland
Reviewed August 10, 2019 via mobile

Very interesting place. Super friendly staff with lots of info to share. Fascinatingly old building with narrow, winding staircase akin to a castle. Well curated exhibits as you go through giving you a glimpse of how difficult life was... particularly for the poor! Suitable for...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank misspickle
Reviewed July 13, 2019 via mobile

Worth visiting with children. Steps can be tricky. Good insight to legal system centuries ago. Top cell is a must visit.....try not to go alone. No charge for entry.

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank FeisalS1
Reviewed July 5, 2019

The Tolbooth Museum is just beyond the Sheriff Court on Union St and is less than 5 minutes walk from the Maritime Museum which is a great combined visit. The Museum has a very steep staircase to gain entry to upper floors with a rope...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank george650000
Reviewed June 21, 2019

Not the original building however a fascinating look into the history of Aberdeen’s criminal element. Some great exhibits however be aware there are some very steep staircases.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Gill S
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Response from Gill S | Reviewed this property |
NO THE TOLBOOTHS FOOD OUT OF THIS WORLD, IN STONEHAVEN,THE Aberdeen Tolbooth a chain I think,no lobster ,oysters or atmosphere. Get a Train or Taxi
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