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Peterhead Prison Museum - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

South Rd, Peterhead AB42 2ZX, UK

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About Peterhead Prison Museum

HMP Peterhead was a prison in Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, operating from 1888-2013. Since June 2016, the former grounds operate as the Peterhead Prison Museum. It was designed to hold 208 prisoners and to be Scotland's only convict prison . Occupancy averaged at around 350 however, until peaking at 455 in 1911. Additional buildings were completed in 1909, 1960 and 1962, bringing capacity up to 362. According to the Scottish Prison Service, the prison could, in 2012, accommodate up to

Attractions Near Peterhead Prison Museum

Bullers of Buchan
Bullers of Buchan6.63km from Peterhead Prison Museum

The name Bullers of Buchan refers both to a collapsed sea cave and to the adjacent village, situated about 6 miles south of Peterhead in Buchan, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The collapsed sea cave forms an almost circular chasm some 30 metres deep, where the sea rushes in through a natural archway.

Slains Castle
Slains Castle8.79km from Peterhead Prison Museum

Slains Castle is a large imposing ruin fronting directly onto south facing cliffs about a kilometer east of Cruden Bay. The ruin you see today is the inevitable result of the castle’s location and various misfortunes becoming the owners over time. The owners, the Earls of Errol, were an influential family in the Cruden Bay area for many years and prospered after William Hay married the daughter of King William IV. Overtime the Hays fell upon hard times and in 1919 the castle and contents were s

Aden Country Park
Aden Country Park14.7km from Peterhead Prison Museum

Aden Country Park has 230 acres full of things to see and do, from old buildings to explore to a farming museum to discover. There is something for everyone, you can even bring the family pooch. It is home to the Aberdeenshire Farming Museum, forest walks and a ruined country house. Every year it hosts a pipe band contest which attracts bagpipe bands from around Scotland.

Loch of Strathbeg
Loch of Strathbeg15.16km from Peterhead Prison Museum

The Loch of Strathbeg is a designated Special Protection Area for wildlife conservation purposes. It is located near to Rattray and Crimond in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The loch is maintained by the RSPB and around the loch there are three hides from which visitors may watch the birds and other wildlife. Access to the loch is through Crimond airfield where there is a car park at the edge of the reserve.

Old Slains Castle
Old Slains Castle16.23km from Peterhead Prison Museum

Old Slains Castle is a ruined castle near Collieston in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The 13th-century castle was originally the property of the Comyn, Earl of Buchan. After the forfeiture of the Comyns in the 14th century it was given to Sir Gilbert Hay by Robert the Bruce in recognition for his support against the English.

Forvie National Nature Reserve
Forvie National Nature Reserve18.05km from Peterhead Prison Museum

Forvie National Nature Reserve is one of our natural treasures. The large areas of bare sand and shifting dunes that dominate the southern end of the reserve have been compared to the Sahara Desert. It’s a place of stark beauty. The reserve covers almost 1,000 hectares of sand dunes and dune heath between the North Sea and the estuary of the River Ythan. It is home to a rich variety of wildlife. Forvie is particularly renowned for its birds. These include a breeding colony of eiders, four speci

Where is Peterhead Prison Museum

Discover More Attractions in Aberdeenshire, Where Peterhead Prison Museum Is Located

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Aberdeenshire is one of the 32 council areas of Scotland. It has a rich prehistoric and historic heritage. It is the locus of a large number of Neolithic and Bronze Age archaeological sites, including Longman Hill, Kempstone Hill, Catto Long Barrow and Cairn Lee. There are also so many other things to see and do around this county.