Unlock Dunedin's Past ....

Dunedin Prison is recognised internationally as a rare example of a purpose-built courtyard prison. The building was designed by John Campbell, Government Architect and completed in 1896.

The trust was formed in 2011 by a group of concerned citizens anxious that the beautiful heritage building should be saved and converted into a commercially viable visitor experience. The building contains some 56 cells, and has 550 sq m of Commercial Office Space to let facing Castle Street. It carries a Heritage NZ Category 1 Listed building classification in view of its historical significance and rarity.

A Conservation Plan was completed in 2014 which will guide us through the restoration and conservation of this building and the roofing over, and conversion of its stunning courtyard into a restaurant and functions space.

In 2015 we are seeking funding of $550,000 for Stage 1 Conservation Works to the roof and front facade.


Prison Tours:

Guided tours are available and are $10 per person.

For more information on our tours please click here.

You Can Help:

Community support and interest in the project to date has been overwhelmingly positive. We welcome anyone interested in volunteering or donating towards the Trust to get in touch, there’s a lot to be done and many hands make light work!

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