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History Day at the Dana Prison - Looking Back in Time

On Monday 29th August (bank holiday) the Dana Gaol will be taking a trip back in time.

Characters from years gone past will be walking the prison from the Georgian Era of 1793, when the prison was first built through to its closure in March 2013.

Visitors will be able to walk through the site on our self-guided tour and experience first-hand the life and activities these prisoners would have done on a daily basis. Visitors can interact with the prisoners and guards, ask questions and learn more about prison life and its grizzly past.

The day will include a notorious killers tour, which has been designed by the event management students from New College Telford.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet Britain’s most well-known hangman, Albert Pierrepoint and find out about the job that made him such a recognisable figure in history.

Gates open at 11am and close at 6pm. The history day will finish at 4pm, but visitors are welcome to stay within the prison walls till 6pm. The prison cafeteria will be open all day and our Victorian photographer will also be on hand to get some great shots of you and your family.

Tickets are available to purchase online or you can pay at the gate on the day. Tickets are £15 for adults, £9.50 for children (5-15), £13 for students and concessions. There is also a family ticket available at £43.50 (2 adults and 2 children).

Joel Campbell, Owner of Jailhouse Tours said:

We are really excited to put on our first prison history day, we have been speaking about it for a while and really wanted to do something a little bit different. Showcasing the prison through the ages will give our visitors the chance to see this old building in a new way. Our History days are aimed at all ages and while some areas may not be suitable for the younger ones, there will still be plenty for them to see, do and discover. Even those that have already been on our world renowned tours will enjoy the day as there will be so much going on.  

For more information, please contact the press team at Jailhouse Tours on [email protected] or call 01743 343100​