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Visit les Prisons Royales

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Gratuit avec le The Burgundy-Franche-Comté Pass

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Great history and little secrets of an 18th century prison!

This historic complex dating from the 18th century is unique in Burgundy Franche-Comté for its state of preservation.

Under Louis XIV, Franche-Comté was a province prone to smuggling. The Justice des Gabelles was created to fight against the illegal trade in salt, tobacco and fabrics.

Built between 1930 and 1941 to house the gabelles court, the building includes an auditorium, prisons, the gaoler's accommodation and a chapel.

After the Revolution, the establishment was used as a prison for prisoners going from Lons-le-Saunier to Bourg-en-Bresse on foot. The prison was disused in 1869.

You will discover the journey of a prisoner for smuggling, the conditions of detention under the old regime and the functioning of the prison.

Let yourself be taken from the guardhouse to the still well-preserved dungeons!

Stroll through the corridors of the prisons, to grasp, at the corner of a door or at the turn of a staircase, their history.


New: passes to discover the apothecary, the Caborde and the Château de Chevreaux. Please contact the Tourist Office for more information.

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les Prisons Royales

The history and little secrets of an 18th-century prison!

This historic complex dating from the 18th century is unique in Burgundy Franche-Comté for its state of conservation.

Under Louis XIV, Franche-Comté was a province ripe for smuggling. The Justice des Gabelles was set up to combat the illegal trade in salt, tobacco and cloth.

Built between 1730 and 1741 to house the gabelles court, the building includes an auditorium, prisons, the gaoler's lodgings and a chapel.

After the Revolution, the building was used as a transit prison for prisoners walking from Lons-le-Saunier to Bourg-en-Bresse. The prison was disused in 1869.

Learn about the life of a prisoner convicted of smuggling, the conditions of detention under the Ancien Régime and how the prison functioned.

Let yourself be led from the guardhouse to the dungeons, which are still well preserved!

Take a stroll through the corridors of the prisons, and catch a glimpse of their history at the corner of a door or the turn of a staircase.


Guided tours are available throughout the year.
Group visits are available by prior arrangement.
School visits and workshops are available by prior arrangement.
Activities (readings, workshops, etc.) are also organised.

NEW: a PASS to discover the Apothicary's and the Royal Prisons.


Guided tours in July and August 2024 :
Tuesday to Saturday afternoons :
2.30pm The Royal Prisons / 4pm the Apothecary's Shop
Except Thursday 29 August
Registration required - tickets available from the Tourist Office

Hours :


>> Guided tours during school holidays in July and August. >> From April to November, guided tours are organised from time to time: February, April (spring holidays zone A), May, June, September, October and December. Ask at the Tourist Office for details. Outside July and August, guided tours must be booked in advance. For groups of 10 or more, the Tourist Office offers guided tours by prior arrangement all year round. In June: Wednesdays at 2.30pm by prior arrangement