Hexham Old Gaol

Hallgate
Hexham
Northumberland
NE46 3NH

+44 01434 652349

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The oldest purpose built prison in England, Hexham Old Gaol will give you an insight into crime and punishment in medieval Northumberland.

Hexham Old Gaol, in the centre of the town, was built between 1330 and 1333 and was used as a prison for almost 500 years.

Inside its thick stone walls you'll find interactive displays on archaeology, costumes, armour and textiles.

A 21st century glass lift will take you between floors and a vivid film all about the Border Reivers will bring this violent era of Northumberland's history to life.

There is also a range of family-friendly activities including the chance to meet the gaoler to find out more about how criminals were treated.

He'll tell you about the Border Marches and the practice of pledges where hostages were held within the prison until fines were paid or the accused turned up for trial.

You can also uncover the family feuds which resulted in so many violent and untimely deaths and explore some of the buildings the people of the Borders lived in.

The museum is also home to the Butler Collection, an archive of books, music, and recordings relating to the culture of the Borders.

The newly refurbished Old Gaol, 1330 AD, allows access to everyone. Take the glass lift down to the dungeon, explore the history of the prison and the Border Reivers.

An audio visual brings to life a Reiver raid. Meet the gaoler and Sir Robert Carey, warden of the Middle March, an interactive experience for families. Border Library in the Resource Centre in the Gaol.


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Ticketing and entry prices for Hexham Old Gaol

Type Entry for Guide price
Single 1
£3.95
per ticket
Child 1
£2.50
per ticket
Family 1
£12.00
per ticket
Concession 1
£3.50
per ticket
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tripadvisor
03/03/2017

Be in gaol!


Gimamo, Cumbria, United Kingdom
Loved it especially the history of the rievers in the debatable land. Trace the family names of the orders. Lift makes it accessible to all. Brill
tripadvisor
24/11/2016

Interesting local history


MuzzleTurkey, Turkey
Well laid out and lots to look at in a fairly small area - interesting but not overpowering! The staff very friendly and informative, which added real value to the visit.
tripadvisor
26/10/2016

Very interesting


Dave B, Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
Small museum set in the Old Gaol (the first purpose built gaol in Britain). It describes how hard life must have been in the boarder country in the past. Some good things for children to do. Take about one hour to visit.
tripadvisor
30/09/2016

Very interesting


JulieSh_11, Ghajnsielem, Malta
This has to be one of the best kept little museums I have ever visited. It is well laid-out and there are things for children to do to keep them amused. There is sufficient information available to give you a real feel of the reivers - even to the extent of dressing like one.
tripadvisor
20/08/2016

Good little local museum


Hemmo1968, Colchester, United Kingdom
Very friendly and informative staff and an interesting place to visit for an hour our so. Some interesting displays of local history. A good place to visit if you are in the town.
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