The Tolbooth Museum, Aberdeen

The Tolbooth Museum, Aberdeen - Address, Phone Number

Address: Castle Street, Aberdeen AB10 1EL

Phone: +44-1224621167

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Time Required: 00:45 Mins

Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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About The Tolbooth Museum, Aberdeen

Visit one of the oldest buildings of Aberdeen, named as the Tolbooth Museum. It is also said to be the most well preserved jail house of Aberdeen. Take a tour into the museum and you will come across facts related to the history of the city and stories related to the crimes and punishment given in earlier centuries. You get to see cells of 17th and 18th century old, original doors and barred windows. The life size waxwork dummies kept within the cells looks so real that it gives you the impression as to how prisoners were punished in those days. Other highlighted features of the museum are the 16th century old Guillotine blade, leg fetters and a scold bridle. At the entrance, 17th century column of Aberdeen’s Mercat Cross is kept on display. 

The Tolbooth Museum Information

  • Toilets and cafes are not available within the museum.
  • The museum has very less accessibility for disabled people.
  • School groups can arrange tour with prior appointment.
  • Entry is free.

How To reach The Tolbooth Museum by Public Transport

  • Bus no. – 60,61, 727, X60 and get off at Adelphi (Stop G4)

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The Tolbooth Museum, Aberdeen Reviews

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  • A very interesting walk around the old building. The exhibitions are limited but include historic maps of Aberdeen, as well as miniature models and an old city drum dating from the 1800s. If you are interested in architecture the building itself is about as interesting as anything inside.

  • Old maps of Aberdeen are displayed in the museum, it shows the change of land use and town expansion over time, very intriguing. Also the history of Tolbooth and related stories can be found. Staff is knowledgable, he told us other interesting facts of building. It is small and free, better than ghost house in amusement park, worthy to visit.

  • A very interesting museum, entrance is free. Any ladies who visit it would be a good idea to wear a pair of flat shoes, as the stairs are steep narrow and winding to say the least. Be sure to give a donation on your way out, to help keep this fantastic museum open.

  • A must see if you are just visiting Aberdeen. Completely free and historically enriching I loved it. I've gone back at least 2 times since being here.

  • Nice free museum to learn a bit about Aberdeen's history. Really interesting and the staff is really nice.

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