The Old Prison, Northleach


This fascinating 18th Century building offers a unique glimpse into life in the Northleach House of Correction, which was once a fine example of a model prison.
The Old Prison, Northleach
The Old Prison, formerly a House of Correction, is a fascinating 18th Century building in the Cotswold market town of Northleach and a historic visitor attraction.

Built in the 1790s, this was once a fine example of a model prison used to inspire better care and rehabilitation of prisoners throughout Britain and further afield. It even served as a blueprint for London's Pentonville Prison. 

The keeper's house, police station and perimeter wall still survive, as do the female prison cells and court room, both of which can be viewed free of charge. 

Today The Old Prison operates as a prestigious Kitchen & Cafe, operated by the renowned Hospitality and Catering company Relish, serving artisan coffees, brunch, lunch, seasonal dinners and homemade cakes.

Customers to The Old Prison Cafe are offered complimentary access to the original Prison Cells and Court Room, plus the Exercise Yard which is now a fully enclosed garden and houses the unique Lloyd Baker Rural Life Collection - the largest publicly owned regional collection of agricultural 'bygones' in the country. Wheelchair access to cafe only. Ample free parking available.

Picture © Cotswolds Conservation Board

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Fosse Way, Northleach, Gloucestershire, GL54 3JH



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