Tolbooth Museum, Stonehaven

Stonehaven's Tolbooth Museum has a VisitScotland 3 Star Grading and is Run by community volunteers

jail doors at the Tolbooth Museum StonehavenOn 7th August the ghost of the former Tolbooth Jailer Adam Hood made an appearance.

Adam was born in the Tolbooth in 1600 and at 14 was apprenticed to his father who was the senior Jailer at the Tolbooth at that time and on his father's death in 1725 Adam became the Jailer. Adam recounted to locals, children and tourists alike many stories of those incarcerated within the Tolbooth.

 Outside the Tolbooth Museum with its iron gates

In reality Adam is part time amateur actor Gary Brindley whom in his sane moments is a Maths lecturer. Phil Mills-Bishop one of the Tolbooth Community volunteers and committee member commented ..."the Tolbooth ghost played by Gary is  another of the In-house Tolbooth Residencies that have been created to bring the Museum alive and exciting to locals, visitors and in particular children. Contemporary artisans and artists from storytellers to fiddlers in music, poetry, words and song of the local land and sea draw inspiration and continuity from the historical culture displayed within the Museum"

For further information on Adam Hood and other Stonehaven events please check out the Stonehaven Guide web page. 

Autumn/Winter Opening Times for 2013/14 - FREE admission.
Saturday & Sunday 12.30 till 15.30.


Previous News

1000thvisitorBudgetary savings and a redesign of Aberdeenshire Council’s Museum Service meant the Tolbooth Museum was earmarked for closure. The Stonehaven community recognizing its importance to Stonehaven’s local heritage and as an attraction to visitors were prepared to work with the Museum Service to keep it open, which was achieved in May of this year.

This success was entirely down to people within the Stonehaven community giving up of their “time”. L-R in the photograph is Liz Johnstone, Diana Fleming and Jamie Andrew, three of the volunteers on duty, who presented the 1000th visitor, Pat Deans from Findon, to the Museum this season with a certificate.

Why not check out the STV Local News report regarding the 1000th visitor to the Tolbooth Museum this season.


Address & Access

Old Quay

The Harbour


AB39 2JU


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Location Map

Disabled Access Guide for the Tolbooth Museum, Stonehaven.

For further details:

Phone - 07512 466329 (during opening hours)

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