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Old Police Cells Museum

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Address: Bartholomew Square | Town Hall, Brighton BN1 1JS, England
Phone Number:
+44 1273 291052
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Sat 10:30 - 00:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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good for budding criminologists!

Worth a visit but not for the faint hearted, couldnt wait to get back home! very good value for money though and educational. Learning about the families of famous murderers in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 February 2017
annette h
Guildford, United Kingdom
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Aldershot, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It pains me to give anything such a negative review on TripAdvisor, especially as I didn’t even get to experience this attraction in all its glory, but I feel compelled to write this after feeling very let down by the tour organisers. I made an over-the-phone booking for this tour about six weeks in advance, as part of a weekend-long... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

Worth a visit but not for the faint hearted, couldnt wait to get back home! very good value for money though and educational. Learning about the families of famous murderers in the 60s and 70s and where they live sends a shiver down your spine and its worrying to know if anywhere is safe in England now without the threat... More 

Thank annette h
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

This place is great! As the tours are free, wasn't expecting such an informative and fun tour packed with stories and props and costumes. Our tour guide Phil was fantastic -- super knowledgable, friendly, and clearly loving his job. This place is certainly a must, especially for locals!

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Came on a tour here. Some very interesting stories of murder and other crimes. Such a great time here.

Thank jimbob93983
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366 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

You need to pre-book as the tour is limited numbers and only available certain dates. The person who carries out the tour is a retired police officer and very knowledge and keen to let you know a lot of information. A fascinating insight into the Police of old and some great memorabilia, a truly unique place to visit, lasts about... More 

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Corfu, Greece
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

I'm always fascinated by things a bit different and by social history, so was delighted to be able to join the tour around the old police station in Brighton Town Hall. The tour was led by a retired police officer volunteer, who regaled us with little anecdotes about the cells and his own police career. Tour took around an hour... More 

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London, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We have just been to this museum and found it very informative and enjoyable. Our guide was very polite and answered all questions. There were approx 12 of us in the group of mixed ages. We were told about the history of the town hall and then shown down to the cells. In each cell is a collection of memorabilia... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

So Informative Wonderful to be able to walk around the original old police cells Great displays and history Would have been really good if we could have had longer to read some of the original letters at the end of the tour

1 Thank tkjrsloane
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54 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I had planned to go on holiday and i had googled and found this most amassing museum, Perfect for me and my autistic 3 year old! Free, quiet, educational and police cells. I decided i would visit here when i am in Brighton and planned my day, i arrived and the wonderful guy told me it was closed. It has... More 

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Brighton UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

This is a tour of the cells in the old police station under the town hall in central brighton. you go back as far as regency times and there are some great artefacts there as well as great stories,including when the chief constable got murdered there ! worth going to if you history - recommended !

Thank jimmy k

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