The Old Police Cells Museum Brighton
The Old Police Cells Museum Town Hall Bartholemew Square, Brighton, BN1 1JA
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
What we offer
Housed within Brighton's working Town Hall, the Old Police Cells Museum is set in the original Police Station which served from the early 1830s when policemen were marched in their blue tailcoats and top hats to their beats. The cells have constrained suspects from many of the County's most notable crimes including two 'Trunk Murderers' various thieves and vagabonds, the murderer of the Chief Constable in 1844 and even a serving Chief Constable in 1957. Visitors can see photographs, artifacts and memorabilia from nearly two hundred years of policing, including graffiti from the era of the 'Mods and Rockers'. Tour commentaries are provided by knowledgeable volunteer guides. Young visitors can dress up in genuine uniforms and get 'locked up' for a memorable photo-opportunity. They may even bump into one of several ghosts, said to wander the gloomy corridors.
What makes us a great choice?
Sometimes described as Brighton's best kept secret, the Old Police Cells Museum has retained the atmosphere and nature of its former life as a working police station between the 1820s and 1967 when it was vacated by the police.
Group Sizes Catered For
Up to 45 including accompanying adults
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
We ask for a donation of £2 per student. Supervising adults go free.
No specific clothing is required. There is space available to store outdoor coats, bags etc. during visits
First Aid Information
The venue is within Brighton Town Hall where they have nominated first aiders
There is a small merchandising station with police-related souvenirs from £1.50-£5. We have accommodated packed lunching on an 'unofficial' basis. Toilets are located in the body of the Town Hall.
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
The Museum is on two main levels. The first is reached down a 22 step stone staircase with handrail. Only the male cell area, which is approximately one third of the exhibition space, is reachable via a lift. The female cell area may be reached from the male over two pairs of steps while the sub-basement is a further flight of steps down.
Opening Hours & Information
Access to the Museum is dependent upon the working hours of the Town Hall, meaning that no visits can be arranged on weekends or bank holidays.
Tours may be arranged throughout the year to commence at or after 11.30am but no later than 3.30pm. Tours can take approximately 1-1? hours.