Guided Day Tours

Touring the West Virginia Penitentiary

Your 90-minute guided Day Tour will consist of an astonishing history, a touch of art, cold hard facts, and an insight into the justice system. You will walk through this Gothic-style structure in amazement and wonder why you did not visit sooner! This tour focuses on the main level of our facility, and is wheelchair (and stroller) accessible! You will visit the recreation yards, both visitation rooms, and the new cafeteria that resulted from the riot of 1986. You will, also, take a walk through our facilities cell-blocks; “The Alamo”, which once housed the most dangerous and violent inmates, and “New Wall”, where you just might get LOCKED UP!!!!!!! Cameras are allowed and encouraged!!

Admission

  • Adults: $14
  • Seniors 55+: $11
  • Kids 6-16: $8
  • 5 & under: FREE

Tickets

Tickets are available in the Main Lobby/Gift Shop during business hours, and are not available for purchase online. Our tours leave every hour on the hour. Please refer to the hours of operation and calendar below before your visit, as our hours may vary monthly.

Please note that our day tours focus on life behind bars. We discuss facts regarding the day to day life of inmates and correctional officers, reasons behind incarceration, and the history of the prison itself. Some information and topics of discussion may not be suitable for young children.

Hours of Operation

We are open April 1st – November 30th

Hours vary monthly

Closed on FEDERAL HOLIDAYS

The front gate is locked after the last tour begins! If someone in your group chooses not to take a tour, they must make other arrangements to wait for you!

There is no heat or air conditioning throughout our facility, please dress accordingly to the weather. Our facility will be extremely HOT in the summer and extremely COLD in the winter. Some of your tour will be outdoors. Please don’t leave your animals in your car! Ask the front desk if you can bring them along.

Month Specific Hours

  • April & May
    • Open Tuesday through Sunday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Closed Mondays
    • Closed for tours April 30th – May 3rd for the Mock Prison Riot
  • June, July, August
  • September 1st to September 27th 
    • Open Tuesday through Sunday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Closed Mondays
    • We will close at 3pm Tuesday, September 25th for Dungeon of Horrors RIP Night
  • September 28th to October 24th
    • Open Tuesday through Thursday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Open Friday and Saturday 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    • Open Sunday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Closed Mondays
  • October 25th to October 31st
    • Open Tuesday and Wednesday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Open Thursday through Sunday 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • November
    • Open Tuesday through Friday 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM (Tours Go at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM)
    • Open Saturday and Sunday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Tours leave on the hour)
    • Closed Mondays
    • Closed Thanksgiving Day
    • Friday, November 23 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Tours leave on the hour)