Ancienne Prison communale de BourbourgAncienne Prison communale de Bourbourg
©Bernard Cartiaux

Bourbourg Prison

A XVIth Century Flemish style prison

An unusual building housed the XVIth Century town prison in Bourbourg, one of the oldest prisons in the region. Classified as a Historical Monument, the prison has kept its cells, and numerous prisoners’ first hand accounts.

An original way to travel in history.


A unique and out of the ordinary visit

Visiting a prison. A strange idea ?

Built with typical yellow bricks from maritime Flanders, and stone, and an original sundial above the main entrance. Behind the heavy wood doorare 2 isolation cells upstairs, covered with graffitis made by the prisoners, most of them dating from WWII.

You will find other cells with a double door in the basement, and a typical Flemish kitchen on the ground floor.

A unique way to discover the ancient prison life.

Info & reservation

Prison de Bourbourg

29 Place du Général de Gaulle


+33 (0)3 28 22 01 42

Open from April September, every month’s last weekend, except for holidays.

Open all year long for groups upon reservation

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