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The Old Prison

The Old Prison Fosse Way, Northleach GL54 3JH, England
+44 1451 862000
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Sort of interesting and free but very small

It's probably worth a quick stop here - there's a decent enough café and you can see the "discovery... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Oxford, United Kingdom
Cotswolds Discovery Centre

We came across this place by chance when visiting the Chedworth Roman Villa. Free to enter. Not as... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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There is so much to DISCOVER about the Cotswolds… The Cotswolds Discovery Centre is the visitor centre for the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), a place where you will learn and discover more about this beautiful and unique protected landscape and how people have helped shape it over thousands of years. The Cotswolds Discovery Centre is housed in the grade II* listed Old Prison, a fascinating 18th century building and now a unique historic visitor attraction in the Cotswold market town of Northleach. The centre is also home to the Cotswolds Conservation Board and the Cotswolds Dry Stone Walling Academy.
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  • Very good39%
  • Average24%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“country life” (3 reviews)
“cakes” (8 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
The Old Prison Fosse Way, Northleach GL54 3JH, England
+44 1451 862000
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's probably worth a quick stop here - there's a decent enough café and you can see the "discovery centre" although you won't discover much and look at the old prison cells, which are apparently preserved from the originals although they look much too airy....More

Thank BrushM
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came across this place by chance when visiting the Chedworth Roman Villa. Free to enter. Not as big as it looks from the road. Very small display in the prison. Collection of farming equipment outside in the yard. There is a cafe, but we...More

Thank RandRH
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped off with family whilst visiting a relative. Had a walk around the grounds which was safe for the children. Looked at some old prison cells and then stopped for lunch. Reasonably priced and nice food. They just ask for a small donation. Will visit...More

Thank Milesy2950
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is nice - only stayed briefly but it's free ( donations encouraged). Very informative and fascinating Preservation is excellent and it's just really nice. Everyone really friendly and they do an excellent brekky !

Thank pinkkkey555
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Visited on Sunday for coffee and scones. Good service. Reasonable prices. Outside seating area, nice on a sunny day.

Thank sue2005goa
CotswoldLionCafe, General Manager at The Old Prison, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Thank you! We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

I was excited about coming here. We popped into the Cotswold conservation exhibits next door first and made our way into the prison. Two identical cells were available to look at and go in. Upstairs was closed off. There was some interesting information on the...More

1  Thank Claire F
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Stopped as passing by and hungry for lunch. Very good cafe,good choice of food and very good quality and value. Staff all young and need a little more of a shake up but they were quite efficient. We enjoyed freshly made delicious sandwiches. We then...More

Thank Nichola B
Reviewed 7 June 2017

This place is worth a visit for all ages as you can't imagine what on earth it must have been like to be incarcerated here. There is also a display of old farm instruments at the site plus a gift shop and coffee shop with...More

Thank CMJ448
Reviewed 30 May 2017

My parents and I regularly meet up in the Cotswolds as it is halfway between them and us. Visited with two children. Would only need an hour or an hour and a half including the cafe. Interesting to see the cells and court room and...More

Thank RosebudRem
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Primarily a coffee shop, providing cakes and light meals with the added bonus of some local history. There is a display of the history of the Cotswolds, a collection of old farm implements plus the opportunity to see the old cells and a history of...More

Thank moonraker742
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