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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  • August 4, 2017
    We visited this museum and I would definitely recommend this. Interesting information on Stonehaven and surrounding area, Dunnottar school and a DVD on the fireballs. My daughter participated in a 'fi...  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    A small museum in the oldest building in the city, warm welcome, game for children with gift. A bit messy but it depicts the daily life of the people of stonehaven. Nice view of the port just in front, nice and the shower and the machines wash are worth visiting!
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  • July 31, 2017
    The tolbooth is small but in a good location. We have been before and it is still the same inside. My kids love the mangle outdide the most. Typical.  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  • Very outdated.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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