Prison and Police Museum

St. Marygate, Ripon HG4 1LX
B6265 Ripon England HG4 GB

Walk into this 17th-century building and be greeted by a stern-looking policeman dressed in a closed-neck tunic. You will immediately sense how the atmosphere was back then. Head to the first floor and see a prisoner locked up in a cell with only a wooden bed to lie on. Dare to sit in a prison cell and listen to the door slam shut, and imagine what it was like for prisoners back then. It will send shivers down your spine!

Learn about the punishments given at the police station over 200 years ago. Imagine how terrible it would have been for prisoners to be put in a pillory, a wooden framework with holes for the head and hands. Some prisoners were also strapped in restraint chairs while others hung in chains. It must have been horrific for them.

Venture to the yard and see a pillory, a police box and a whipping post. If you have time, watch an audio visual presentation about items in the museum and policing practices up to the early 19th century. There are also interesting interactive activities you can enjoy as you walk around the museum.

It is best to buy a combined ticket which allows you to visit three museums. It is better value for money. The other two museums to visit are: the Courthouse Museum and the Workhouse Museum & Gardens.

The three museums are open from February to November.

Opening Times: 1pm – 4pm