Lichfield’s Historic Prison will be opening once again

Published on: Tue, 05/04/2022 - 13:43

Lichfield’s Historic Prison will be opening once again

On Saturday 2nd April, Lichfield’s historic Guildhall Prison Cells will be opening for visitors.

The site, which has housed a prison since 1548, has a fascinating history that spans across centuries. From the 2nd, visitors will be able to explore four of the remaining cells and a small display which includes memorabilia from the police station which once existed there. The Cells also tell the stories of the people who were imprisoned there, including Edward Wightman, who was the last person to be burned at the stake for heresy in England.

The Cells will be open every Saturday from 10am-4pm until September and entry is free.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering at the Old Guildhall Prison Cells, please contact Penny Taylor, Museum Support Officer, on 01543 264 972, by email to, or stop by at the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum on the corner of the Market Square (reception open 10:30am - 4.30pm daily).