Galleries Of Justice

galleries-of-justiceText from Galleries of Justice website: England’s history of Crime and Punishment is a shocking one. As are the sinister and grim stories of Nottingham’s own outlaws which are brought to life in the building where they were judged, imprisoned and executed.

To capture and explain this grim and gruesome history, we use actors, audio guides, guide sheets  & boards, lighting, sounds, set dressing and exhibitions. Our aim is to educate, entertain and inform everyone who comes through our doors.

We are the only museum of its kind in Europe, home to the Villainous Sheriff of Nottingham and the only venue where you can discover Nottingham’s horrible history!   We preserve the site of Nottinghamshire’s old Courthouse and County Gaol as well as maintaining a vast collection of spine chilling artefacts relating to Crime and Punishment over the last three centuries. We also have a free Robin Hood exhibition on site where you can learn all about Nottingham’s most famous outlaw!
We are an independent museum and  a charity as part of The Egalitarian Trust which means we rely upon admission charges, fundraising and providing corporate hospitality to help keep the museum open.

We believe it is important for the public to experience this history in a creative and interactive way.  There is so much you can learn here and it could change the way you view society today but we want you to have fun whilst doing so!

The Galleries of Justice Museum was founded in 1993 by the Lace Market Heritage Trust.  Basically, the Old Shire Hall had lain empty and forgotten for years, until a group of right minded people decided that it was one gem that could not remain hidden, and after an extensive fundraising campaign the museum opened its doors in 1995.However, this isn’t giving the full picture, as the Museum may have begun in the 1990s, but the site itself?  Well that goes way back, further than any of us know, but we can tell you what we do know and what we intend to find out.

When are we open?

7 days a week!


Monday – Friday:  Doors open 9.00am – 5.30pm (or when the last visitor has left the building)  Tours run: 10:30am  –  4:00pm

Weekends, School and Bank Holidays:  Doors open 10:00am  –  5:00pm (or when the last visitor has left the building)   Tours run 10:30am  –  4:00pm*

What does it cost?

Facts & Felons Audio Tour

Mondays and Tuesdays (excluding school and bank holidays)
Adult: £9.50
Child/Concession*: £7.50

Family ticket:  £25.50 (2 adults, 2 concessions, or 1 adult, 3 concessions)

Performance Tours & HM Prison Service Collection:

Wednesday – Sunday (During the school holidays, performance led tours are every day)
Adult: £9.50
Child/Concession*: £7.50
Family: £25.50 (2 adults, 2 concessions, or 1 adult, 3 concessions)

Wheelchair access available.  Click here for details.


Joint ticket with the City of Caves are available saving you 25%

Adult: £12

Child/concession: £9.75

Family ticket: £32.25 (includes 2 adults and 2 concessions or 1 adult and 3 concessions)

There are drop off and pick up points directly outside the museum steps on High Pavement.

We have discounted all day parking tickets available at two of our closest car parks:  Stoney Street car park (NG1 1LS) from £4.80 and Arndale car park (NG1 6AE) from £3.80.  Discounted car park tickets are subject to availability and only available to those who book onto one of our performance led tours.

Simply ask at our Customer Service Desk in the reception area where your discounted car parking ticket can be obtained.

A small pay and display car parking area with around 20 spaces is situated almost directly opposite the Museum steps. Pay and display charges apply.

The Galleries of Justice Museum
The Lace Market
Nottingham NG1 1HN
Tel. 0115 952 0555

Website: Galleries of Justice