The notorious Finnish prison was moved away from Kakolanmäki hill in 2007 and Kakola is still mainly a construction site. In autumn 2019, Kakola’s former church becomes a party and concert venue. In 2020, a bakery will open in the former sauna, while Kakola will reach new heights as spa and meeting facilities complete the service provision. At the same time, the former regional prison beside Kakola reopens as a 155-room hotel, also with restaurant and meeting facilities.

The area now represents Turku’s newest neighbourhood where, in addition to residential properties, there is already a brewery, a coffee roastery and an interior design store.

In the future, Kakola will be a full-service conference venue, offering facilities for groups ranging from a six-person meeting room in solitary confinement to the church hall for 200 guests. More conventional meeting facilities can be found at the hotel. The Kakola complex will offer various spaces for every need, from a large, single 200-person conference in a stunning setting to a secret hideaway equipped for 15 people. Kakola also provides all conference and catering services.

After spending a year and a half in ‘pop-up mode’, the highly regarded Kakolanruusu restaurant opened the doors to its permanent home on 1st May 2019, in the prison’s former property storage.

The walking tours of the area last an hour and a half, beginning in the old Kakola kitchen, where visitors can observe different cell systems in a slideshow whilst also listening to thrilling stories about the prison. Kakola’s courtyard is visible from the windows. The tour of the Kakola premises continues from the outside, remembering Kakola’s inmates as well as the locations of the most audacious escapes. The tour ends inside the prison walls.

Tours can be combined with activities, food, coffee breaks or even a tour of the brewery.

Public tours are held from 6th May–31st August. Check the opening times published for the spring from the Kakola website and on the Kakola Facebook page.

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