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Hexham Old Gaol


NE46 3NH

Tel: +44 (0)1670 624523

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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, which is 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, interactives for families. Border Library in the Resource Centre in the Gaol.


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Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Family (up to five)£10.50

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

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