The Kirkcudbright Tolbooth was opened in 1993 by H.M. The Queen. The building was originally erected in the period 1625-1629 (with later additions) as Kirkcudbright’s Tolbooth when it was used as a Town Council meeting place and office, Burgh and Sheriff Court, and the Criminal and Debtor’s prison. One of the most famous prisoners was Captain John Paul, later known as John Paul Jones, hero of the American Navy.
The Award winning Art Centre presents visitors with stories and artefacts from the Tolbooths’ history and the town, in it’s permanent exhibition on the top floor.
The top floor studio gallery offers space for contemporary works by exhibiting artists. The first floor offers a gallery showing a huge range of contemporary art and craft exhibitions. Works are for sale in the art exhibitions and in the shop on the ground floor, or you are welcome to just sit and enjoy the Tolbooth’s friendly coffee shop.