Hexham Old Gaol
Telephone: 01670 624523
Hexham Old Gaol
Built in 1330 this is the oldest custom built prison in England and has a befittingly rich history of plagues, bribed guards and jail breaks for your discovery amongst many other interesting stories! There's nothing too gory or disturbing but of course young or sensitive types may need a chat about a few things afterwards as historical law does tend to be notably harsh! In the 1820s the prison relinquished it's function and prisoners were split between the nearby Morpeth Gaol and the Hexham House of Correction, but it was sympathetically refurbished in 1980 and it's current incarnation is a fascinating fanily oriented museum dedicated to the deep and specific history of the building and it's itinerary of punishments, including branding, banishment, pillory and stocks! Great for kids of school age and interesting for everyone in the family as well as being a lovely perspective check for kids on why they should bloomin' well behave when asked nicely!
There are relatively modern and interactive displays within the immense stone walls now, plus some great textile based displays of armor and costume of the periods the building has experienced.
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It may be worth checking out Hexham Old Gaol's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.
We do strongly suggest you contact Hexham Old Gaol before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.
11.00am – 4.30pm
April – September:
Tuesday – Saturday (Plus Monday in the summer holidays)
October - November and February - March: Tuesday and Saturday
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