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

£12.00 Adult ticket for all three Ripon Museum Trust sites for 12 months
£26.00 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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Our ghost walk meister

Museums at Fright Ghost Walk

  • 19 May 2017 7:30-9pm

Join our sinister guides as they take you for a walk through Ripon's grisly past, calling in at the Courthouse to face Judge Dread, then down to the Prison for a taste of the lash and a pelting in the pillory. The last stop for many was the Workhouse Museum, where miserable children were made to work, their spirits may haunt the corridors..... follow our guides inside to find out but make sure you don’t get locked in! Finally our guides will spirit you back to the Market Place in time to hear the Hornblower Setting the Watch as he has for 1000 years. Suitable for families.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • Any age
  • Family friendly


Adults £3 Under 16s £1


Prison and Police Museum
27 St Marygate
North Yorkshire

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01765 690 799


01765 603 006

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