Thousands flock to Peterhead prison museum

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More than 8,000 visitors have flocked to a new Peterhead tourist attraction since it opened its prison doors last month.

Peterhead Prison Museum has seen thousands of people from far and wide pass through its doors since they were opened to the public on June 7.

Alec Geddes, facilities development co-ordinator at the museum said: “They’re coming from as far afield as Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Elgin and Inverness and we’re expecting our first coach tour from Stornoway next month.

“We’ve had three different sets of visitors from the USA and visitors from Australia, Canada, Dubai and Belgium.”

The museum is also benefiting from repeat visitors with one family from Perth already having seen the attraction three times – and they are returning again for the Jailhouse Rock concert to be held in August.

Mr Geddes said: “Everybody leaving has been delighted, they’ve been over the moon.

“People are amazed at the history in the walls.”

The HM Convict Prison, Peterhead was opened in 1888 and was an active jail until 2014 when the new HMP Grampian was opened.

The prison’s former warden Jackie Stewart can be seen at the museum most weekends dressed in the official prison officer uniforms from 1888.

Peterhead’s newest tourist attraction has also attracted interest as a concert venue with the Jailhouse Rock gig to be held there on August 27 featuring Elvis and Johnny Cash tribute acts.

George Walker, the events manager in charge of the concert, has said that he would like to put on more events at the museum in the future,

And later on this year another event entirely could be on show at the museum.

Mr Geddes said: “We’re in the early stages of developing an event for Halloween.”

For Scottish Week the prison is giving a 15% discount to visitors who take the festival programme with them.