Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum

Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum
High Street, Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire
01659 50186
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tolbooth or town house was the main municipal building of a Scottish burgh, from medieval times until the 19th century. The tolbooth usually provided a council meeting chamber, a court house and a jail.

Designed by William Adam, Sanquhar Tolbooth was built in 1735 on the site of its predecessor. A two-storey building with a tall clock tower, records suggest that stone from Sanquhar Castle was used in its construction.

What can be found at the venue?:
Historic building or site
Significant collections relating to regional crime and punishment organisation or to a particular individual:
The former cells on the ground floor are open for exhibition, as is a set of jougs attached to the wall, by the side of the prison door.
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Details of opening for public access and / or research services:
Admission is free; the museum is seasonal so closes on 31st October; during the season it is open Tuesday to Saturdays: 10.00 to 13.00 and then 13.30 to 16.00. Timed entry tickets need to be booked via:
Accessibility and disability arrangements / Covid requirements:
Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum is accessed via steps – please telephone for further details; public toilets are available 150m from the museum.
Other connected heritage sites, museums or archives:
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