Plan a trip to Kingston Penitentiary and give your group a unique educational experience.

Explore Canada's oldest maximum-security prison, Kingston Penitentiary. Closed in 2013 and designated as a National Historic Site, it is a remarkable historical building, predating Canada's confederation in 1867. Our captivating guided tours offer a unique blend of education and entertainment, making it the perfect destination for School Groups, and Youth Groups.  


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Key Information


Dive into history with your group while enjoying the benefits of our specially tailored rates. To be eligible, a minimum of 15 tickets must be purchased. It's important to be aware that group rates are subject to change seasonally.

Please note that these groups qualify for discounted rates.

We look forward to hosting your group at Kingston Pen Tours!



Tickets for Chaperones
Group of 25 1 complimentary ticket
Group of 50 2 complimentary tickets
Group of 75 3 complimentary tickets

Steps to Book Your School Tour

View Tour Options

We offer the following tour options: Express, Standard and Extended. More information available below.

Schedule an Appointment

Connect with Kingston Pen Tours’ Business Officer to make a group reservation, gain more information about available dates/times/tour options/logistics and choose a payment method.

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Receive Booking Reservation Email

A booking confirmation email will be sent out following your appointment with Kingston Pen Tours’ Business Officer containing all tour details and important information.

Payment

Payment by credit card or invoice will be accepted.

Payment is required 5 days prior to scheduled visit. No refunds will be provided after payment has been taken.

E-tickets will be issued following payment completion.

Tour Options

These tours contains subject matter designed for a mature audience - discretion is advised.

Standard Tour

Duration: 1.5 hours

Step inside the walls of Canada’s oldest penitentiary and explore the living and working areas, some dating back to the 1830s. Hear the personalized accounts from former staff and learn about the history and the daily routines, including stories of escapes, riots and everything in between on this guided tour. Available in French as well.

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Extended Tour

Duration: 2.5 hours

This tour covers the Standard Tour content as well as a more in-depth look behind the walls exploring the history of Kingston Penitentiary and Regional Treatment Centre. Discover more of the site and hear about the history of additional areas, such as the hospital, gymnasium, and school. With smaller group sizes the Extended Tour provides a greater opportunity to connect with retired corrections staff and tour guides.

Express Tour

Duration: 45 minutes

This fully accessible guided tour offers an introductory experience of Kingston Penitentiary. Guests will have the opportunity to visit many of the highlights of the institution, including the North Gate, a cell range, the canteen and social services area to hear about the 1971 riot, and more.

Tour Etiquette


To ensure everyone enjoys their experience, please note the following:

Guided Experience: Our tours are led by designated guides, including retired Correctional Service of Canada staff. Get ready to hear captivating stories from those who worked at Kingston Penitentiary during its active years.

Respectful Participation: We kindly ask parents, guardians, and teachers to remind students and younger participants to be respectful, quiet, and attentive throughout the tour. This ensures a positive experience for all guests.

Group Responsibility: Parents, guardians, and teachers are responsible for the behaviour of their group. Our tour guides will focus on delivering information and safely guiding the group through the institution.

Safety First: Let's make the tour enjoyable for everyone! Keep noise levels in check, follow your guide's instructions, and ensure a safe and efficient exploration of Kingston Penitentiary.

Parking


Free Parking: Free parking is available at Kingston Penitentiary! Our free parking lot is conveniently located on the corner of King Street West and Sir John A MacDonald Blvd.

Bus Parking Guidelines: For tour buses, please park away from the East parking lot fence to comply with Kingston City Bylaws and sustainability initiatives. Avoid idling during your visit to contribute to environmental conservation.

Warm Days: On exceptionally warm days, when health and safety concerns arise, buses are permitted to idle for a maximum of 10 minutes at the end of the tour. This brief period allows the vehicle to cool down before guests re-board.

Thank You for Your Cooperation: Your diligence and compliance contribute to a smooth and environmentally conscious visit. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out.

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Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to our team. We're here to make your group tour a memorable one!

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