Hexham Old Gaol

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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

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Passenger lift at Hexham Old Gaol Museums and galleries Attraction Passenger lift
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Great potted history of the hexham area

drout, hexham
Truly amazing that anyone lived through our recent past, you could get hung for almost anything! Good little museum with a focus on the buildings history as a gaol. Difficult to imagine the squalor of the place in days gone by. Well worth a visit

Interesting little museum

lukedwards, London, United Kingdom
Lovely old building. Museum is quite small, but interesting none the less, especially the history of the rievers. Sort of place to spend an hour or two, rather than a whole day, but worth a visit if in Hexham

Brilliant little place to visit

dancingassassin, Sunderland, United Kingdom
We were the only visitors in here till we left, such a shame as it is excellent. You are given a laminated sheet to help guide you round and the lift up and down makes it a great visit for those who find stairs difficult. It is jammed full of fascinating facts and items and has a great atmosphere. A room for children to draw and design shields etc is handy. Plenty of interactive items too for such a small place. If you gift aid you can have an annual pass which is worth it as a lot to read and digest. We loved the room with the three stories of life back in the day, the video of the border fights was well worth watching and press the button for the gaoler's tale.

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

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.

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URL: http://www.hexhamoldgaol.org.uk/

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