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Shepton Mallet Prison was built in 1625 and closed in 2013, making it the country’s oldest prison. With over 400 years of history behind its high walls, Shepton Mallet Prison is a must-see heritage site.

Many of their current educational visits come to discover more about crime and punishment through the ages, Victorian History, capital punishment, rehabilitation and the effects of crime on the victims and families. As the prison dates back to 1793 it is also frequently visited by students of Architecture, RE and Geography.

All of their tours and educational visits can be adapted according to your needs; workshops can be included along with escape rooms and a fully immersive ‘prisoner experience’.

Key Information.

Suitable for: KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5, Higher

Ages: 7-11, 11-14, 14-16, Post 16

Subjects: Citizenship, Geography, History, Law, Physical Education, PSHE, Religious Studies

Topics: Architecture, Crime & Punishment, Victorians

Cost: Student tickets from £10

Teachers: 2 free adult tickets per 30 students (extra tickets £10)

Dates: Ongoing

“The students found it fascinating and very moving and the visit inspired some interesting writing. Our tour guide was a brilliant communicator and very well informed”

Strode College
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School Trip Offer.

School Group Rate 8+ just £10 per student!

Take advantage of the exclusive school’s rate – just £10 per student. Plus Teachers go for free!

A 2-hour session includes a 90-minute tour of the prison with an ex-officer and 30 minutes to explore the prison or provision of a dedicated room for your group.

Enhance your school trip to Shepton Mallet Prison with various add on activities including Prisoner Experience, Cell Escape Rooms and Educational Workshops (see below for details).

Rate available for school groups of 8+. 2 free adult tickets for every 30 student tickets bought. Extra adult tickets £10. All tickets subject to availability.

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Workshops.

School Trip & Venue Information.

We're here to help you every step of the way and provide you with everything you need to know about Shepton Mallet Prison.

Below is all the key information, but please do get in touch with any questions you have or further information you need.

Curriculum Links.

Subjects: Citizenship, Geography, History, Law, Physical Education, PSHE, Religious Studies

Topics: Architecture, Crime & Punishment, Victorians

Ages & Suitability.

Suitable for: KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5, Higher

Age Groups: 7-11, 11-14, 14-16, Post 16

Min. Age: Suitable for ages 8+

Things to know.

Teachers: 2 free adult tickets per 30 students (extra tickets £10)

Min. Group Size: 8 students

Adult/Student Ratio: At least 2 adults are recommended for every 30 students

SEND: Suitable for children with SEND (please speak to us for more information)

Classroom Facilities: Classroom facilities are available on-site

Toilet Facilities: Toilet facilities are available on-site

Risk Assessment: A risk assessment is available

First Aid: A qualified first aider is on-site at all times

Accessibility.

Find out everything you need to know about the Accessibility of this school trip in the link below.

We regularly check that this information is the latest and most up to date version, however, it is advised that you also contact us directly if you need any further information, or have a particular question. Get in touch.

Address:

Frithfield Lane
Shepton Mallet
BA4 5LU

Coach Parking & Drop-off:

On-site coach parking available

Times:

Mon-Fri:
10am-5pm

Sat & Sun:
10am-5pm

(can open earlier by prior arrangement)

Duration:

2 hours

Dates:

Ongoing