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The Bridewell Undercroft

Underneath the Bridewell lies a secret….. the largest vaulted undercroft in the city. These rooms were part of the original medieval house and were used for storage.

The undercroft was also used to hold inmates when the building was a Bridewell (a house of correction and prison) and an inventory of 1813, lists ‘posts and chains’.  The undercroft would not have been a nice place to be; it would have been very cold and dark down there.

The undercroft is open to the public for guided tours. These usually run three times a day on the last Saturday of each month. The tours are free with museum admission, and last around 45 minutes.

We recommend booking on 01603 629127. Tours are not suitable for under 8’s, and unfortunately due to the steep steps and uneven floors, are not suitable for wheelchairs, or people with limited mobility.