Dungeons tours enable visitors to discover parts of the castle not open to the public. The tour descends deep below the castle to a maze of early medieval cellars used to incarcerate manacled prisoners in dreadful conditions long ago.
Hear extraordinary stories about prisoners. Learn about the history of crime and punishment. And see horrifying instruments of torture including a ducking stool, scold’s bridle and gibbet iron.
The tour also includes a sinister collection of Victorian death heads - plaster cast impressions of locally hanged criminals!
Tours usually run Mon - Sat: 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 2.30pm. Sun: 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm
Please tel. 01603 495897/493636 to check times and availability.
Cost: Adult £2.40, Concession or Adult (in family group) £2.10, Young People (5 - 16 yrs) £1.80.
Please note: tours are only available with the purchase of a general admission ticket. Dungeon tours are not suitable for young children under the age of 5. Due to uneven floors and stair access, Dungeon tours are not suitable for people with mobility difficulties - a BSL-interpreted and audio described 'virtual' tour is available on the ground floor.