Basic Information


Located in the heart of Central on Hong Kong Island, Tai Kwun's site is bordered on three sides by Old Bailey Street, Hollywood Road and Arbuthnot Road, while Chancery Lane runs along the southern (upper) prison wall.

Tai Kwun is situated in a vibrant and bustling part of the city, with easy access to other important heritage sites. Nestled between the skyscrapers of Central and Mid-Levels, Tai Kwun looks onto Hollywood Road, a busy street dotted with galleries, antique shops, restaurants and bars. The Central-Mid-Levels Escalator is connected to the compound by a new footbridge constructed at the intersection of Hollywood Road and Old Bailey Street in order to provide easier and more convenient access to the site.

Address: 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong

There are 5 gates around Tai Kwun open to the public; these are on or near Hollywood Road, Lan Kwai Fong and Soho.

  1. Bauhinia House Gate*
  2. Blue Gate
  3. Footbridge Gate
  4. Old Bailey Gate
  5. Pottinger Gate*

*With barrier free access


At Tai Kwun, visitors are immersed in a unique atmosphere of heritage and arts. In the compound, the contrast of architectural features and fine design details brings the historic buildings to life. Situated in the heart of Central on Hong Kong Island, Tai Kwun also faces Hollywood Road. The Central-Mid-Levels Escalator is connected to the compound by a footbridge in order to access the site. If you are looking for a space for your next event, Tai Kwun is your best choice. There are in total 8 event spaces available for rental, where you can organise events, exhibitions, meetings, conferences, workshops or screenings. Venues include the auditorium with around 200 seats, designed by the internationally renowned architectural practice Herzog & de Meuron, two outdoor spaces (the Parade Ground and the Prison Yard with approximately 15,000 square feet each), as well as semi-open spaces and studios. Please download the brochure below or contact our team for more details.

Event Space Brochure

Duplex Studio
LG1/F & LG2/F, Block 01

Available Dates: Late Feb-Jun 2020

Area (sq.ft.): ≈ 5,716
Capacity: 130

JC Cube
Block 21 (Via 1/F, Block 14)

Stage Size:10m(W) x 4m(D)
Capacity: ≈ 200 Seats

Area (sq.ft.): ≈ 786

Laundry Steps

Area (sq.ft.): ≈ 2,124
Capacity: 250

Lower E Hall
LG2/F, Block 15

Area (sq.ft.): ≈ 2,449
Capacity: 76

F Hall Studio
Block 17

Area (sq.ft.): ≈ 1,707
Capacity: 92

Parade Ground

Area (sq.ft.): ≈ 15,726
Capacity: 600

Prison Yard

Area (sq.ft.): ≈ 14,284
Capacity: 600

A Hall Studio 1, 2 & 3
Block 11

Studio 1
Area (sq.ft.): ≈ 434
Capacity: 17

Studio 2 & 3
Area (sq.ft.): ≈ 606
Capacity: 26

Opening Hours

  • Tai Kwun Site: 10am–11pm
  • Visitor Centre: 10am–8pm

Opening hours of exhibition venues

  • LG & G/F, Central Magistracy, Block 09: 11am–6pm
    • The Heritage Storytelling Spaces “Evolution of Central Magistracy” & “The Court Rises” at Central Magistracy, Block 09 will be temporarily closed on designated Tuesdays 11am–2pm / 2pm6pm / 11am–6pm due to student programmes. The arrangement will be announced on site. Thank you for your understanding.
  • Tai Kwun Contemporary, JC Contemporary: Every Monday 2pm-8pm, Tuesday to Sunday 11am-8pm*
    • Tai Kwun Contemporary will be closed on the following dates:
      29 Jan 2020 -  13 Feb 2020
      Spring season exhibition coming up next! 
  • Duplex Studio, Block 01 / Barrack Block, Block 03 / B Hall, Block 12 / D Hall, Block 14 / F Hall Studio, Block 17: 11am–8pm

For further information on the opening hours of exhibitions, shops and restaurants, please visit the corresponding pages on this website.

*Subject to exhibition schedule

Reminder to Visitors

The Central Police Station compound is a jewel at Hong Kong. We therefore need your help to cherish the site.

We kindly ask you to respect the site, the other visitors, and all of those who work here.

Help us keep Tai Kwun clean and tidy. Help us protect the heritage features from damage because here, every wall and door is a part of Hong Kong’s history. Help us protect the trees that once provided shade—and good fortune—to those who worked or lived here.

Take good care of your belongings. Enjoy yourself in a way that does not disturb others. No pets are allowed in the opening phase (except guide dogs).

Due to the nature of certain activities, restrictions may apply at certain venues. Follow instructions on posted signs and directions of our staff.

The Bye-Laws provide a management framework that helps us serve you and every visitor better. Please take a few moments to read them or talk to our staff.

Arrangement Under Inclement Weather Conditions

Black Rainstorm Warning Signal

If Black Rainstorm Warning Signal is issued before 10am, the site will remain closed and re-open two hours after the signal is lowered.

If Black Rainstorm Warning Signal is issued after 10am, the site will remain open with limited operations.

Typhoon Signal No. 8 or above

If Typhoon Signal No. 8 or above is lowered before 6pm of the day in question, Tai Kwun will reopen after two hours with limited operations.

If Typhoon Signal No. 8 or above is lowered after 3pm of the day in question, all exhibitions will remain closed.

Some public programmes may be postponed or cancelled after the lowering of Typhoon Signal No. 8 or above. Visitors may refer to their individual programme page on Tai Kwun website.