Prison Break: Sleep inside a converted prison and courthouse

Staff at an old jail in Oxford are taking no prisoners. Instead, they’re taking paying guests.

© Malmaison Hotels & Brasseries

Prison life at this old jail has never been so.. well… luxurious.

In the UK you can have your own DIY prison break at Oxford’s Malmaison castle (pictured), a former prison that has been given a second lease of life as a plush hotel.

You don’t need to do much to end up behind bars at this Oxford institution – besides pull out your wallet.

And since you’re paying for your ‘time’, don’t expect prison standards here.

While many of the prison’s original features remain – from the cell doors to the barred windows – the cells are well appointed and some have roll top baths.

The prison style and layout hasn’t changed, but the prison blocks have been spruced up with reams of red carpet.

The hotel offers standard doubles in a different section of the hotel, so those wanting the authentic prison themed experience should ask for the cell doubles or superior cells.

Clink78 – The courthouse hostel

© Clink78

To spend the night in the slammer you need to get sent down first.

You could combine your stay with a night in the capital, in a restored 200-year-old magistrates court in Kings Cross.

Clink78 offers basic hostel accommodation, including pod beds and private rooms in authentic prison cells.

Its two courtrooms have been converted into a TV lounge and Internet room, complete with original wooden walls.

Does the idea of a prison break appeal to you? Or is this your idea of hell? Let us know in the comments section, below.

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