Public Access to former HMP Shrewsbury

Daniel Kawczynski MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham has welcomed news that the former HMP Shrewsbury is to open its doors to visitors on 14 and 15 September 2013.

The 136 year old Shropshire Jail was one of seven prisons shut by the Ministry of Justice earlier this year to cut costs and since its closure,  many residents have approached Daniel to say that they would like to have the opportunity to look around the iconic building before another use is found for it.  

As a result of Daniel’s discussions in Westminster, Justice Secretary, Jeremy Wright, has just announced that Shrewsbury will be one of five former prisons to offer guided tours to the public.   

Daniel Kawczynski said: 

‘Ever since the announcement that HMP Shrewsbury was to close, I have been in discussions with the Ministry of Justice to ensure that before the building is put to another use, officials would permit the opening up of the prison for public tours.  I am delighted that the people of Shrewsbury will now have the opportunity to see inside a building that has been a significant part in our town’s history.    

The open days will be carried out in association with Heritage Open Days, a charitable organisation aligned with the National Trust that works with organisations to celebrate England’s architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public. 

Attendance at the open days will be strictly by advanced ticket allocation and as soon as I am informed as to how people can obtain tickets I will put details on my website and let the media know.  I understand that information will also be made available through the Heritage Open Days website ‘.


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