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AB10 1EL

The Tolbooth is one of the oldest buildings in Aberdeen and one of the best preserved 17th century Scottish gaols. Built between 1616 and 1629 the Wardhouse, now known as the Tolbooth, was a gaol for those awaiting either trial in the adjacent court or punishment.

Now a museum, The Tolbooth focuses on the history of crime and punishment within the city. Exhibits range from medieval instruments of punishment to the original 17th century mercat cross column, a land mark which stood in the Castlegate until it was replaced in the mid 1990s. Exciting reconstructions, models, displays and interactive exhibits present the history and development of local government and history.

Experience the unique atmosphere of The Tolbooth's 17th century gaol cells. It is a wonderful and complex building with many different and intriguing architectural styles.

The Museum has a full programme of exhibitions, re-enactment events and lunchtime talks to suit everyone's taste.

General Information:

  • Public car parks nearby
  • Selection of historical publications for sale
  • Tours and group visits arranged, please telephone
  • Limited access for visitors with mobility difficulties - entrance hall only (video presentation available on request)
  • No toilet facilities.

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In the centre of Aberdeen.

Tolbooth Postcode for SatNav: AB10 1EL


+44 (0)1224 621 167

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