Buckingham Old Gaol Museum | Day Out With The Kids

Buckingham Old Gaol Museum

Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, England

  • Wax statues at Buckingham Old Gaol Museum
  • Corridor at Buckingham Old Gaol Museum

Attraction Information

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Ages: 9+

Venue type: Indoor

Located in the heart of historic market town of Buckingham, the iconic Old Gaol was built in 1748 in the style of a castle as a purpose built prison, with later additions in 1839 by the famous local architect George Gilbert Scott.

It is one of the key visitor attractions of Buckingham with a museum, a tourist information centre, a gift shop, and a second hand bookstore.

Buckingham Old Gaol Museum tells the story of Buckingham and north Bucks rural life, including the Flora Thompson Collection (Lark Rise to Candleford author) and Buckinghamshire Military Trust exhibits. A number of the original cells form part of the museum visitor's experience.

Many special events are arranged during school holidays for children.


  • Toilets Toilets Available
  • Baby Baby Changing Available
  • Parking Parking Available Nearby

Getting There and Contact Information


The Old Gaol, Market Hill, Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, MK18 1JX, England


Click here to visit Buckingham Old Gaol Museum's website
01280 823020

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 16:00 (Last admission 15:30)


Adult: £3.50

Child: £2.00

Family (2 adults, 2 children): £9.00

More Information


A large toilet is available, suitable for disabled use.

Gift shop

The Buckingham Old Gaol Museum gift shop stocks a wide variety of souvenirs and gifts relatying to the prison and the town The gift shop's range includes: Books, guides and postcards (and postage stamps), Buckingham and Old Gaol branded gifts (notepads, t

Eating information

A wide range of cafes, restaurants and pubs are within 100 yards of Buckingham Old Gaol including a Subway and traditional fish and chips next door.