Old Crown Court and Cells, Dorchester
The Old Crown Court and Cells, located in Shire Hall in Dorchester, is famous for the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs and sits in close proximity to site of Judge Jeffreys' Bloody Assize.
On a visit to the Old Crown Court and Cells you will experience 200 years of gruesome crime and punishment in a setting little changed over the years. You can stand in the dock and sit in the dimly lit cells where prisoners waited for their appearance before the judge.
To find out more about the Old Crown Court's most famous trial, visit the Tolpuddle Martyrs' Museum website (opens in a new window) .
Opening Times 2013:
The Old Crown Court and Cells will be open with free entry for the Tolpuddle Rally Festival on Saturday 20 July 2013 10am - 4pm and Sunday 21 July 10am - 1pm.
It will then open Mondays and Thursdays from Monday 22 July to Thursday 29 August (excluding Bank Holidays) 2-4pm with tours at 2pm, 2.45pm and 3.30pm.
Admission £2 per adult and accompanied children 16 and under go free. Tickets available from Dorchester Tourist Information Centre.
Heritage Open Days
|13 September 2013||11am - 2pm (free entry)|
|14 September 2013||11am- 2pm (free entry)|
|15 September 2013|
11am- 4pm (free entry)
Including short scenes from the Townsend Productions play 'We will be free!' in the courtroom at 2pm and 3pm, followed by a Q&A session with the actors.
Private group bookings
Private group bookings are available all year, please contact the Dorset Association of Blue Badge Guides for further information and tour prices email; firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01305 871278 or visit their website (opens in a new window) .