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Visit a former Worcester prison on a Heritage Open Day

Published: 10 September 2021

Follow in the footsteps of former prisoners who were locked up in the holding cells at Worcester's Guildhall (High Street, Worcester WR1 2EY).

The Guildhall was once the seat of justice for the city and is throwing its doors open to visitors on Saturday 11 September from 9.30am to 4.00pm and Sunday 12 September from 10.00am to 3.00pm.

This is your opportunity to step back in history and visit the cells and Court Room, which witnessed scenes of high drama for many years. Prisoners, many of whom were sentenced to death, were led up to it through a trap door in the middle of the floor, and once sentenced, were taken down again to await their fate.

Visitors can also admire the Guildhall's palatial Assembly Room, where Queen Elizabeth II has dined three times and which was described by King George III as "a handsome gallery".

"The Guildhall is an ornate and stunningly beautiful building which has hosted royalty on a number of occasions.However many Worcester residents have never been inside to experience its magnificent paintings, chandeliers and rich history," says the Mayor, Cllr Stephen Hodgson.

"It's well worth a visit – especially as it's completely free!"

Guided tours will be available and there will be a pop-up café in the Lower Hall.Ceremonial swords and maces will be on display in the Lower Hall – as well as a rare 18th century throne which is said to have been sat on by Queen Victoria.  The throne was originally made in 1783 for the French Embassy in London.

Heritage Open Days celebrate England's fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or which normally charge for admission. 

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