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Northleach's Old Prison reopens for Cotswold discovery

Inside the new Cotswolds discovery centre in the Old Prison, Northleach
Interactive displays will be used to help visitors discover the Cotswolds

Part of an ancient Cotswolds prison has been re-opened as a new discovery centre for the local area.

The Old Prison in Northleach was built in the 1790s as a former house of correction but will now be used to tell the story of the Cotswolds.

Interpretive displays and games will help visitors learn more about the geology, history, landscape, wildlife and outdoor recreation that makes the area so special.

"As the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the country, the Cotswolds offers not only diverse scenery and landscape, but a rich history and heritage," said Martin Lane, director of the Cotswolds Conservation Board.

"It is a fascinating story to tell the millions of visitors to the area, as well as the many people who call the Cotswolds their home.

"I am therefore delighted that this new centre is open which I am sure will be a popular attraction that will help more people gain an understanding and appreciation of this beautiful landscape."

The discovery centre is open from 10am-4pm, Wednesdays to Sundays (including Bank Holidays) from April to October. Admission to the centre is free of charge. It can be found at The Old Prison on the Fosse Way in Northleach.




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