The Blokhuispoort is a cultural business-centre in the lively centre of Leeuwarden. Housed in a former prison, it is now full of creative initiatives, businesses, and pop-up shops- as well as eateries, a hostel, and a brand-new library. In inspiring surroundings, over 130 businesspeople (together) work to provide the most wonderful products and services. The historic building is now also home to the most out-there cultural events in the city.

Drink & Eat Locale Proefverlof
In the second courtyard of the Blokhuispoort, you'll find Proefverlof. Come for great coffee, and diverting borrel, lunches, or dinners. For more information, please see www.proefverlof.frl

Hostel Alibi

You can even stay in the old prison of …

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The Blokhuispoort is a cultural business-centre in the lively centre of Leeuwarden. Housed in a former prison, it is now full of creative initiatives, businesses, and pop-up shops- as well as eateries, a hostel, and a brand-new library. In inspiring surroundings, over 130 businesspeople (together) work to provide the most wonderful products and services. The historic building is now also home to the most out-there cultural events in the city.

Drink & Eat Locale Proefverlof
In the second courtyard of the Blokhuispoort, you'll find Proefverlof. Come for great coffee, and diverting borrel, lunches, or dinners. For more information, please see www.proefverlof.frl

Hostel Alibi

You can even stay in the old prison of Leeuwarden at the Hostel Alibi. Want to know how it feels to spend a night in an old (but comprehensively refurbished and now very comfortable) cell? Book direct on www.alibihostel.nl

Cell-block H

In one of the old cell-blocks, you'll now find creatives with their own shops and ateliers. The artisans produce jewellery, greetings cards, art, and design- and everything is for sale. A diverse environment for small business-owners with special products, all of which carry a small part of the Blokhuispoort in their design and execution. 

dbieb

Since 2018, the main library for the city of Leeuwarden has been in the former prison. In dbieb, you'll also find the Cafe de Bak (for a cosy coffee, or lunch)- more information at www.dbieb.nl

You're welcome to visit this outstanding location seven days per week. On Saturdays you can even have a tour (14:00-16:00) with an old prison warden. We can also accomodate VIP-arrangements, and events. For more information, just visit http://www.blokhuispoort.frl/gebeurtenis/vip-arrangement-blokhuispoort/.

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Opening times

  • Maandag t/m zaterdag van 8:00-1:00 uur Zondag van 10:00-1:00 uur.

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Prices

  • Price explanation: Entry to the wonderful Blokhuispoort itself is always free. Various services, businesses, shops; and restaurants have their own prices.

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