Peterhead Prison Museum

10% off Admission

Peterhead Prison Museum


The former Victorian HM Convict Prison Peterhead is unique in that it sits within a 6 acre site, which had the first state owned railway in the UK and was part of the history that witnessed the only time the SAS (Special Air Service) were used to end a domestic siege in mainland Britain.

This award winning Museum is an experience as you back in time as you walk through 125 years of turbulent history inside “Scotland’s Toughest Jail”.

The museum highlights the work of the brave personnel that served here between 1888- 2013, you will visually see what “real” prison life was like, whilst listening to the officers speak of their experiences as part of the audio tour that accompanies your tour and your sense of smell will be stimulated as you enter the laundry, shower block and hospital areas.

Since the opening of HMP Peterhead in 1888, a close connection with the town’s seafaring community has existed making the museum the obvious home for the now restored Julia Park Barry of Glasgow. 

The vessel is now centrepiece to this new museum attraction which not only tells its story, but also of the 200 year history of the lifeboats and lifeboatmen in Peterhead.

The Refuge Café, part of the Peterhead Prison Museum, is currently open to museum visitors and is situated within a unique location. 

For things to do for children aged 5 or under during your café stop, please ask the café team at the point of sale.

Peterhead Prison Museum, Admiralty Gateway. South Road, Peterhead. AB42 2ZX

Summer Period (April – October)

Monday – Sunday 10am to 6pm

(Last admission 4:30pm)

Winter Period (November – March)

Monday – Sunday 10am to 4pm

(Last admission 2:30pm)

Northern Highlights Pass Offer:

10% off Admission to Peterhead Prison Museum

This award winning Museum is an experience as you back in time as you walk through 125 years of turbulent history inside “Scotland’s Toughest Jail”.

During your tour you will walk the halls and corridors of the former “HM Convict Prison Peterhead” the only “convict prison” in Scotland.

Tour includes audio headsets and usually takes 1.30 – 2 hours, however there are no time restrictions, therefore come along and enjoy the experience at your own pace. Due to graphic audio content, 5 and under are not provided with headsets, ages 6 to 12 at parental discretion.

Normal Price

  • Adult £10
  • Child £5.50 (aged 6-16)

Due to graphic audio content, 5 and under are not provided with headsets, ages 6 to 12 at parental discretion.

Please Note: No Electric Wheel Chair access.

Assistance Dogs Only (No Pets)

Payment is made directly on arrival at the Museum and you must present your pass at that time to receive your 10% Discount.

Please note you cannot use The Northern Highlights Pass in conjunction with any other offer.


Set in the stunning countryside of Royal Deeside, Belwade Farm is the Aberdeenshire home of World Horse Welfare. Belwade is a great place to discover the charity’s work first hand and spend a day with the family.

Belwade Farm is home to around 65 horses in need at any one time. Here they can undergo rehabilitation before finding loving new homes through World Horse Welfare’s rehoming scheme. Why not come and meet them and find out more about the work World Horse Welfare do to help the horses of today and tomorrow?

World Horse Welfare Belwade Farm, A93, Aboyne AB34 5BJ

Opening Hours
The Bistro & Visitor Centre are open all year Wednesday-Sunday, from 10am to 4pm, and admission is free.

Northern Highlights Pass Offer:

15% Off Horse Charity Tour with Scottish Afternoon Tea presented by World Horse Welfare

New for 2020!

Be welcomed along to Belwade Farm the Scottish home to World Horse Welfare.

You will be introduced the charity within our conference room before heading round all local areas of the farm; some of which are not accessible to the general public!

Your dedicated tour guide has a wealth of knowledge to share with you throughout the experience.

The tour will last approximately an hour and a half, you will then visit Belwade Bistro for a delicious Scottish themed afternoon tea, where you will have the opportunity to chat through the experience with other attendees and ask any further questions that you may have.

Your tour guide will cover history, our international work, our campaigns, our work right here in the UK, the role of Belwade Farm, meeting the horses and much more.

Please attend wearing suitable clothing and footwear for the weather conditions on the day.

For further information please give us a call on 013398 85398 or email [email protected]

Maximum booking of 20 online.  However larger groups can be accommodated by telephone booking 013398 85398.

Full Price will be £19.50 per adult, £12.50 per child (12years and under), product not suitable for children 3years and under.

Product will be available to the general public at full price.

Belwade Farm reserves the right to cancel or postpone a tour in the event of severe weather conditions or other instance that may cause safety issues.

Participants are responsible for being at the facility before the start time.  We are unable to wait for late attendees so you would need to join in at whatever stage the tour was at when you arrived.

Belwade Farm accepts bookings online.  For groups larger than 20 or for groups that have any special requirements we ask you do your booking by telephone.  

Bookings are confirmed by email at time of booking and payment.

Ticket purchases become non refundable from 14 days before date booked.  If you choose to cancel before the 14th day you will be refunded minus our administration fee.  Cancellations should be made in writing by email or letter by the person who made the booking.

Belwade Farm will provide a safety brief to all attendees before visiting the farm.  Participants must comply with safety instruction provided.

Great insight into prison life, informative via audio guide and met the prison officer involved in the siege, who's now 90 but looks very sprightly.

DarkLochnagar, TripAdvisor Review

Covid - 19 Update

The Prison Museum has a one-way system in place, however, to support current regulations additional directional arrows and physical distancing reminders are also in place along with motion sensor hand sanitisers at key locations throughout the route.

Their cafe is open, but with a reduced seating capacity and menu offering, however, take away & outdoor seating options are available.

Please remember to check the individual terms and conditions as shown above. Simply click the link to view.