Hexham Old Gaol

Hallgate
Hexham
Northumberland
NE46 3NH

+44 01670 624523

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Overview

Set in the historic Tyne Valley, Hexham Gaol is the earliest purpose-built prison in England, a historic treasure just waiting to be explored.

It was built in 1333 using stone from the Corbridge Roman site located three miles away. A Scheduled Ancient Monument, the Gaol offers a fun and educational experience for all.

Try out our stocks (if you dare), visit the prison house and learn about Medieval crime and punishment on a day out with a difference. Did you know that suspected criminals were locked up before their trial, or that those in debt often shared the Dungeon with the most dangerous criminals?

Take the time to explore the Border Library Collection on your visit, a treasure trove of music, poetry and books about the English-Scottish border and discover how even modern language was influenced by the famous Border Reivers! Recognise ‘bereaved’, ‘blackmail’ and ‘surname’ – all inherited from the Reivers.

Visit the gaol to find out more about England’s frontier.

Road directions

The Old Gaol is 0.5 mile from Hexham train station and less than 0.5 mile from Hexham bus station.


Public transport

The Old Gaol is 0.5 mile from Hexham train station and less than 0.5 mile from Hexham bus station.


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Ticketing and entry prices for Hexham Old Gaol

Type Entry for Guide price
Single 1
£5.00
per ticket
Single
(Multi-adults purchased at the same time)
1
£4.50
per ticket
Free
(Child (0 - 16))
1
£0.00
per ticket
Concession 1
£4.00
per ticket

From 10th February 2018.

Charges include unlimited repeat visits for 12 months from the date of issue. A Trust-wide pass is also available at £16 including 12 months unlimited admissions to Woodhorn Museum, and Berwick Museum & Art Gallery. Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum is also part of the Trust and has free admission. 

Dates & times for Hexham Old Gaol, Hexham

From To
Times between 22/04/2019 and 03/11/2019
Sun11:00 - 16:00
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed11:00 - 16:00
Thu11:00 - 16:00
Fri11:00 - 16:00
Sat11:00 - 16:00

Opening

    • 11am – 4.30pm 
    • October & November and February & March: Tuesday and Saturday
  • April – September:  Tuesday – Saturday (Mondays too in summer holidays)

UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED

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tripadvisor
23/04/2019

Mainly for children


alanbrown489, Selby, United Kingdom
We were not impressed with this 'museum'. There are plenty of waxwork models and tableaux depicting various degrees of misery, but very few artefacts. The 'dungeon' is an empty hole in the ground which you can view while suspended in a glass lift, and there are baskets of costumes that you can try on for selfies. As such, the £5 entry fee is too steep in our view.
tripadvisor
01/09/2018

A fascinating little museum of border Reavers and prison


Clivel_98, Hereford, United Kingdom
A small museum on four levels from the dungeon to the top floor. Various storyboards telling history of the cross border skirmishes that went on between families, and the place that various personages played in the running of the gaol and being in there. A set of questions about what would have happened to certain people carrying out various legal infractions is quite eye opening. A good 7 minute video pulls out how small grievances between two families can fester and grow - even beyond the point where either family remember what the original problem was.
tripadvisor
15/05/2018

Find out about the violent local history


Linzcharlton,
Really interesting. Lots of information on the Border Reivers who were a violent bunch! Lawlessness ruled for many years - don't worry - it's better now!
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, Goole, United Kingdom
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
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URL: https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/hexham-old-gaol/


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