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.
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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 at Lokaal Proefverlof
In the second courtyard of the Blokhuispoort, you'll find Proefverlof. Come for great cup of coffee, a drink, lunch, or dinner. For more information, please see www.proefverlof.frl.
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
In the cell block you will find all kinds of creative people with their own shops. Jewelry, cards, art and design are sold here. A diversity of small entrepreneurs with special products who all have a connection with the Blokhuispoort in their own way.
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 are welcome at this special location seven days a week. There is plenty to see and do! See the historic cells, bunker, boardroom and more every day during a private tour or a public tour with a former warden. Explore the exciting building and listen to masterful stories about escapes and rough life in prison. The open tours are every Saturday at 2:00pm and 4:00pm and on Sundays at 11:00am.
There are also VIP packages in which the light is shined on the restoration of the Blokhuispoort national monument.
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