Take a look around Portsmouth’s shut down prison

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PEOPLE of Portsmouth are being given a unique opportunity to see inside a closed prison.

The gates of the former HMP Kingston will be reopened for people to have a guided tour of the prison.

The historic building was built in 1874 but closed earlier this year to help cut costs.

A decision on what to do with the prison still hasn’t been made.

But on September, 14 and 15, local people will be able to walk long the Victorian wings, take a stroll around the exercise yard and see the visiting hall, workshops and kitchen.

Jeremy Wright, prisons minister, said: ‘I am pleased to be able to mark the Heritage Open Days by offering local people this unique opportunity to go behind the gates of HMP Kingston.

‘This will be an opportunity to see this historic building.’

The guided tours are free, but donations will be taken on the day by Victim Support.

The tours last for an hour and will run every half hour between 9am and 5pm both days. They must be booked in advance. Visitors must be over 14 and must bring photographic ID with them.

For more information visit kingstonprisontour.eventbrite.co.uk/