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The Tolbooth Museum
Ranked #14 of 150 things to do in Aberdeen
Certificate of Excellence
Market Drayton, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2014

Lovely informative and "free" ! Had a tour guide, a lovely gentleman , explaining all about the museum and it's artifacts , very interesting and not too big or overwhelming

Visited April 2014
1 Thank jillyjb
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Great place to visit - and it's free!”
Reviewed 24 March 2014

Visited the Tolbooth and received a warm welcome from the friendly staff. You would never guess from outside on Union Street the history inside this building. Great to look around and for free entry you can't go wrong.

Visited March 2014
1 Thank EJ_Teacup
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“A hidden gem”
Reviewed 12 March 2014

A small, but brilliant museum - kids will love the spiral stairs and rope handrails! Despite being straight across the road from the Tourist Information office people didn't appear to notice the place, so it was very quiet. It's on Union Street, so its worth going to the trouble of finding the door!

Visited March 2014
1 Thank Nigella87
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“Definitley worth a visit - can't believe it's free!”
Reviewed 1 November 2013 via mobile

We stumbled on The Toolbooth by accident and spent a lovely hour there. Brilliantly cared for old building complete with narrow steep staircases and realistic displays. Well worth a visit!

Visited November 2013
1 Thank Maddy P
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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 330 helpful votes
“This is a museum review, the website links to a restaurant!”
Reviewed 21 September 2013

Many Aberdonians simply walk past the Tolbooth, including me an exiled Aberdonian!

Grabbed the opportunity of visiting this small but interesting museum and it's free!

Access is from Union Street Mon-Sat and after entering the Victorian style of the Sherriff's Court building you find yourself struggling up a narrow stone spiral staircase holding firmly on to a rope as you climb those same steps that prisoners did back in the 17th Century (except they had no rope to hold onto).

The Tolbooth was the place that taxes were collected as well as being a gaol and a place of execution. It was until recent years the City Council's archive store but since restored to its former grisly past.

Well-informed, friendly and entertaining guides will show you a room containing a model showing the development of Aberdeen, a large room containing the City's Coat of Arms, and a debtors cell which is far luxurious than the two cells above this. The same cell contains the Aberdeen Guillotine Blade (English used Axemen to execute, Scots used the guillotine).

Another flight of spiral stone stairs take you to two cells - one containing three dummies of Jacobite Prisoners as captured by the English and one recites his tale of battle and capture. The other cell shows the reconstruction of a successful escape from the Tolbooth during those dismal times.

It is an amazing place, but unfortunately is not disabled accessible due to its construction.

Finally the weblink for here should be http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/tourism_visitor_attractions/galleries_museums/art_tolbooth.asp and not the one given by Tripadvisor as it links you to the Toolbooth Restaurant!

Visited September 2013
3 Thank DaveJC
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