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Tolbooth Museum, Stonehaven

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The Stonehaven Tolbooth is thought to have been founded by George Keith, 5th Earl Marischal (c. 1553–1623), with the original purpose of the rectangular building being to act as a storehouse during the construction of the nearby Dunnottar Castle. In 1600, an Act of Parliament provided that the building become a tolbooth. After 1624, the town business functions were conducted on the upper level of the Stonehaven Tolbooth, with the ground floor being used as the prison. It remained a courthouse (upper floor) and prison (ground floor) until 1767 when these activities were relocated. The building then reverted as a store until the 1950s by which time it had fallen into disrepair. In 1963 the building was renovated and officially re-opened by Her Majesty the Queen Mother. In 1975 the lower floor was converted into a museum reflecting Stonehaven’s long history. Currently the museum occupies the ground floor whilst a separate restaurant operates on the upper floor.
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  • Lovely little museum - small, but very interesting about various aspects of Stonehaven as well as the historic prison. I thought it was nice that there was an exhibition about the local school, it mus...  more »
  • Stumbled across this by accident. Free entry, very interesting and staff very friendly and helpful. Would recommend anyone to pop in if they're in the area.  more »
  • Enjoyed the museum that's located in the oldest building in Stonehaven. The couple who were the volunteers today are cheery, friendly and have lots of knowledge about the items in the Museum. There we...  more »
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  • Situated in one of the oldest buildings in Stonehaven, the Tollbooth specialises in locally caught fish (though they do have a few non fish dishes on the menu too). With langoustines and lobsters from Stonehaven Bay, the produce could barely be fresher. Good for weekend lunch as well as a 'posh' evening meal, the restaurant has views over the harbour. Bear in mind the entrance is up a flight of stairs so it might be tricky for someone with limited mobility.
  • Very outdated. In need of something new and exciting.
  • Very nice museum, it's only two rooms but full of items. Free entry, it won't take much time to see everything. Great collection of geodes
  • Nice place to visit but not worth more than a few minutes of your time

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