Shepton Mallet Prison

Shepton Mallet Prison
Shepton Mallet Prison, Frithfield Lane, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
01749 681862
Region or country
England (South West)

Shepton Mallet Prison, often known as Cornhill or The Mallet, housed its first inmates in 1625. After the abolition of public executions in 1868 and the closure of both Ilchester and Taunton gaols, Shepton Mallet Prison became the County Gaol and was then responsible for overseeing executions. Between 1889-1926, seven men convicted for the crime of murder were executed within the prison. The prison was finally decommissioned on 28th March 2013.

The prison is open for self-guided tours or guided tours.

What can be found at the venue?
Historic building or site
Does the venue have an online collections catalogue?
Details of opening for public access and / or research services
Open Mon-Sun: 10am-5pm
Charges: SELF-GUIDED TOUR prices from £10; GUIDED TOUR prices from £14.50
Available services or facilities
Cafe, Shop, Visitor parking, Toilets
Accessibility and disability arrangements / Covid requirements
The nature of our historic site, however, means that parts of this Victorian building may present difficulties for people with disabilities and limited mobility. Sadly, the vast majority of the site is not accessible to those unable to manage a small number of stairs. There is a disabled toilet located in Visits.
If you have any questions for the team prior to your visit, please contact us.
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