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
16/10/2017

A small but nice museum


DavidBicester, Oxford, United Kingdom
Note this is a small museum. If you are in Hexham it is worth visiting here. The old gaol aspect of the museum gives an interesting look at how the gaol was managed. The boarder history aspect is also interesting. It is not a place that I would recommend making a long trip to alone, but is worth combining with other attractions in the area.
tripadvisor
01/09/2017

Brilliantly and Sympathetically Renovated


rasco81, rasco81
Lots and lots of information present. Over three floors, well the dungeon is only viewable from the lift. An oubliette really. Must have been terrifying for the prisoners. Shows clearly what life was like at the time, and the justice system, or, lack of it. Staff knowledgeable and approachable. Bizzarely not open on a Sunday
tripadvisor
30/08/2017

The halls


Judith T,
We at first was reluctant to pay the £4 admission charge what appear for a very small museum, so we went away & thought about it & so glad we came back , as not only was the staff so friendly & helpful to give us lots of information about border rievers we were took back to find records of my partner family name of many to be where they live in the area , it was great way to fill your time in with your family & it has hidden staircase & lots of tales to be told , & im so glad we went back to& change our mins & very well worth visit Thank uou xx
tripadvisor
12/07/2017

The Moot Hall


Jessica H,
This is a very interesting part of the history of Hexham town. Well set out and explains a lot about the way of life in past centuries for the ihabitants of Hexham
tripadvisor
31/05/2017

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
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