Prison and Police Museum

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The museum is housed in a building which formed part of the former House of Correction and Liberty Gaol and which is now an integral part of the overall attraction of the museum. The building's origins go back to the late 17th Century but the part now occupied by the museum was built as Ripon Liberty Prison in 1816 and continued to function as such until May, 1878 when it, along with numerous other local prisons throughout the country, was closed as part of a government reform of prisons.

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Opening hours

1pm-4pm every day during local school term time
10am-4pm every day during local school holidays

Admission charges

£9.50 Adult ticket for all three Ripon Museum Trust sites for 12 months
£22.50 Family & Friends ticket for all three Ripon Museum Trust Sites for 12 months for up to 2 adults and 3 children

Collection details

Social History

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Ripon Ghost Walk guides

Be Spooked on the Ripon Ghost Walk

  • 13 May 2016 7:30-9pm

For Museums at Night, Ripon Museums has partnered up with the Ripon Ghost Walk to explore the darker side of Ripon's history on Friday 13th May, 7.30pm-9pm. Visit the site of Ripon Cathedral's bonehouse, be judged at the Courthouse, punished at the Prison & Police and terrified at the Workhouse Museums. Stories are for children between the ages of 6 and 11 years old (with adults). Meet at the Cabman's Shelter (next to four red phone boxes) on Ripon Market Place, where the walk will finish in time to see the Hornblower at 9pm. Adults £2, under 16s £1

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • Any age


Ghost Walk starts at the Cabman's Shelter
Cabman's Shelter
Market Place
North Yorkshire


£2 adults, £1 under 16s

Prison and Police Museum
27 St Marygate
North Yorkshire

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01765 690 799


01765 603 006

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