Northallerton prison

Northallerton prison

Northallerton Prison has been home to tens of thousands of inmates over its 230 year history. As the first custom-built jail in England, it is significant in the history of penal reform - and is the likely reason Northallerton became a county town.

It was closed by the Ministry of Justice in 2013, paving the way of the 3.4 acre site in the centre of the town to be bought by Hambleton District Council in the summer of 2015. It is the lynchpin to the authority's ambitious Central Northallerton re-development scheme. 

We have built a website that contains useful information on the programme of prison tours that ran during the summer of 2015 as well as extra resources not seen by the public before.

Prison website

You can visit the prison website here

Prison tours

We are no longer doing tours, as the site is now closed for renovation.

However, we have a guided video tour and a 36-degree interactive virtual tour of the prison available right now on the prison website here.