National Justice Museum

National Justice Museum, Nottingham

Based in Nottingham’s historic Lace Market, the National Justice Museum is housed in Nottinghamshire’s Grade 2 listed old Shire Hall and County Gaol.

The Museum uses original Courtrooms, dungeons and priosn cells, along with a number of more contemporary galleries to exhibit collections relating to justice, the law, crime and punishment in a fun and interactive way. When visiting the museum you may also meet a variety of colourful historical characters with different stories of justice to tell.

Read more about the history of our building

Opening Times

Mon - Fri

9:00am - 6:00pm

Sat - Sun

10:00am - 5:30pm


24th, 25th, 26th December, 1st January

How to find us

National Justice Museum

High Pavement

How to book

We have free exhibitions on site open all day every day and tickets can be bought to explore the museum in depth.

General Admission prices

  • Adult: £10.95
  • Under 18s: £7.95 (Under 5’s go free)
  • Students: £9.95
  • Over 60's: £9.95
  • Disabled: £7.95 (Carer goes free)
  • Family ticket: £32.50 (max.2 adults)

See what's on for our full programme of events and to book tickets

Group Bookings For bookings of 10+ please call our Bookings Coordinator on 0115 99 39 811
School Bookings Find out more about school visits
We recommend booking in advance wherever possible. See full booking terms and conditions here
Contact or call 0115 952 0555 to find out more

Access information

We are located in Nottingham city centre with easy access via public transport.

If you have specific access needs we strongly advise that you contact us in advance (0115 952 0555 or so we can help you to make the most of your visit. Please be aware that due to the historic nature of the building, in some parts of the museum there will be low ceilings, uneven floors and many steps. Flat shoes are advisable. Wrap up warm on colder days as some parts of the tours are outside.

Facilities include: Hearing loop, Gift shop and Café, Accessible toilets, Audio Guides, Virtual reality presentations

Read our full access statement here (coming soon)

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Eat, Drink, Shop

Our Café is open Wed – Sun and sells a variety of hot and cold drinks as well as a selection of confectionary, cakes, sandwiches and snacks.

On Mon – Tue cold drinks and confectionary is available to purchase from our reception. A self-service hot drinks station is also available.

Our gift shop is a great place to purchase special gifts, souvenirs and mementos. Our range is carefully selected to ensure it reflects the fascinating themes of our museum. Money spent in our shop goes back into our charity to ensure we can continue to provide enriching learning experiences for all.

Could include gift voucher info here

What's On

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to book in advance?
You can turn up on the day. However, we strongly recommended you book in advance to secure your desired date and time. All educational and group visits must be pre-booked.

How long do I allow for a visit?
Roughly 2 hours. We have a variety of exhibitions and galleries for you to browse at leisure as well courtroom performances.

Where can I park?
Unfortunately, we do not have parking on site. However we can offer discounted all day parking at Stoney Street Car Park, just a 5 minute walk away. Simply park as normal, then show your parking ticket at our reception desk, we will then give you a discounted parking ticket to use on exit. The full address for this car park is: Stoney Street Car Park, Stoney Street, Nottingham, NG1 1LS. For further directions including public transport recommendations please click here

Do you offer tours in foreign languages?
Foreign guidebooks are available to purchase for £1 to enhance the visit for our overseas visitors. These are available in Italian, French and German.

Is it scary?
Daytime visits to the museum are not scary and you have freedom to choose which exhibition spaces you visit. Some parts of the prison areas are dimly lit in places, but there is still enough light to see where you are going. Our actors are fully trained to ensure they deliver the correct experience for their target audience. We offer activities which are suitable for all ages including a range of family-friendly interactives. Some very young children may find parts of the building unnerving.