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Tolbooth Museum, Stonehaven

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.4/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web
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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  • This is an attraction not only used by visitors but by local schools and families. The constant additions and the local people who man it continually supply new and interesting information and display...  read more »
  • Having dined above at the amazing restaurant, (different owners), and visited the Highland Boundary Fault at the northern end of the bay, we decided a visit to the museum would round off a lovely thre...  read more »
  • The musuem sits underneath the Tolbooth Seafood Restaurant beside Stonehaven harbour. Entry is free but donations are welcomed, from the minute you walk through the door you are taken back in time by ...  read more »
  • Nice place to visit but not worth more than a few minutes of your time
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