The Best Tour For You
We offer several options for our daily guests. Whether you want to come alone or visit with a group, find out more information about our tours.
Our tour season operates from April throughout November!
*As of March 25th, 2020, we are closed for all tours until further notice. Governor Jim Justice has closed all nonessential businesses, including ours, and issued a “Stay at Home” order for West Virginia. We are doing our part in stopping the spread of COVID-19 while protecting our visitors, staff members, and families. To reiterate, we will NOT be opening for day tours on April 1st or until further notice. Please follow our Facebook page for the most up to date information*
Historical Daily Tours
This guided 90 minute tour walks you through this Gothic-style structure and focuses on the main level of our facility Tuesday through Sunday during the months of April through November. You will visit the recreation yards, visitation rooms, and cafeteria. You will also be allowed into the cellblocks, which housed the most dangerous and violent inmates.
Tickets for the daily tours are available in our main lobby as walk-in only, and are not sold online.
History Mystery Mondays
Come take a 90-minute guided, daylight tour any Monday during the months of June, July, and August. This tour is faster paced than a normal day tour, as there will be more areas to visit, and is not stroller or wheelchair accessible. You will hear the fascinating history that is West Virginia Penitentiary, and enjoy some tales of the paranormal while exploring a few areas that are normally off-limits to day tours.
Ticket are available in our main lobby as walk-in only, and are not sold online for History Mystery Mondays. (Available only during the summer months.)
Introducing West Virginia Penitentiary’s Photography Tour! This is not a guided tour, you will be roaming at your own pace and leisure. The gate will be opened approximately 15 minutes prior to the tour time for check-in. Each photographer is responsible for their own equipment, and is required to sign a waiver/agreement upon check-in.
Photography Tour Tickets must be purchased online!
Group Tours at the former WV Penitentiary are 90-minutes of history, education, fun and interaction with your tour guide about cold, hard facts.
Please call (304) 845-6200 to schedule your group of 20 or more!