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Galleries of Justice

Learn about the grim and grisly history of Nottingham’s trial, punishments and executions in this former courthouse and jail.

The Galleries of Justice is a museum housed in the Georgian Shire Hall, Nottingham’s old courthouse and jail where many prisoners were executed. Discover the story of the courthouse complex, which has stood on this site since at least the 14th century and more about its role as a Victorian courtroom, prison and police station. Take a guided tour to get better acquainted with Britain’s gory penal history.

A range of themed audio- and guide-led tours are offers, each focusing on different eerie subjects, such as ghosts, underground dungeons and cells and prisoners. Follow the fictional trial of Nottingham folk legend Robin Hood during an entertaining tour hosted by an actor portraying the villainous sheriff of Nottingham.

For a glimpse into the atrocious conditions of the Victorian jail, opt for the Crime and Punishment tour. Interact with the costumed actors who stay in character throughout the experience. The Facts and Felons audio tour reveals gruesome secrets about executions and cruel punishments.

The museum also has a range of permanent exhibitions. Find out how the famous Robin Hood legend developed over the centuries in medieval Nottingham. Stroll down the recreated streets of Victorian slums in the Narrow Marsh display.

Head to the on-site Divine Coffee House for some time out. Relax with hot drinks on the sofas. Purchase toys and souvenirs with themes relating to the museum and  Nottingham in the gift shop.

The museum opens daily from morning to late afternoon. Check the website before your visit to see the schedule of audio- and actor-led tours. Buy tickets online in advance to ensure your place. Combination tickets that include access to the nearby City of Caves attraction can also be purchased online.

The Galleries of Justice are in the Lace Market neighborhood of Nottingham. To get here from Nottingham Railway Station, walk north for 10 minutes, crossing the Nottingham Canal, en route. Alternatively, ride the tram to the Lace Market stop.


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