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Tours Offered

Tours have ended for the 2021 season.

Standard Tour
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 1.5-hour guided tour. Available in French as well.

This tour contains subject matter designed for a mature audience and is not recommended for children.

Extended Tour 
This 2.5-hour 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.

This tour contains subject matter designed for a mature audience and is not recommended for children.

Architectural Tour 
Dive deep into the early history of the buildings, the architects and planners responsible for drafting and building the institution, and the design philosophy of Canada’s oldest Penitentiary. A balanced blend of the architectural integrity and stylistic inclusions will be shared throughout this 1.5-hour tour, with opportunities to photograph the magnificent exterior and interior constructions.

Film Tour
The 1.5-hour Kingston Pen Film Tour explores the history of filmmaking in Kingston with a specific focus on films made at Kingston Penitentiary. Guests will visit various areas of the site and learn about how they were used in film, the different productions that filmed here, and about how these films were made.

Tour Accessibility
Accessible tour options for persons with vision loss and mobility needs are integrated into all tours. Wheelchairs are available for guests to use as needed. Companions accompanying a visitor with a disability will receive complimentary admission when their assistance is required. If guests have any unique needs, require an accompanying companion or have any questions about accommodation, please contact SLPC Guest Services at

Tours for People with Hearing Loss
A full tour script is available to visitors who have hearing loss.  Please purchase tickets online and request the tour script upon arrival.

If you require a tour with ASL interpretation, please contact SLPC Guest Services at prior to purchasing tickets.

Kingston Penitentiary Tours

560 King Street West,
Kingston, ON K7L 4V7

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