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Hexham Old Gaol

  • Hexham
  • Indoor
  • Ages 4+
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Attraction Information

Hexham Old Gaol was built in 1330 and 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 its function and prisoners were split between the nearby Morpeth Gaol and the Hexham House of Correction, but it was sympathetically refurbished in 1980 and its current incarnation is a fascinating family 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 armour and costume of the periods the building has experienced.

Opening hours

30th March - 3rd November 2019
Term time: Wednesday to Sunday 11:00 - 16:00
Northumberland School Holidays: Monday to Sunday 11:00 - 16:00



General Admission (12 months unlimited visits)
Kids (16 and under): Free 
Adults (16+): £5.00
Multiple Adults purchased at the same time: £4.50
Concession (OAP and student): £4.00
Museums Northumberland all sites pass:£16.00 per adult

Travel & Contact Information


Hallgate, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 1XD, England

Phone number

01670 624523



Click here to visit Hexham Old Gaol's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking nearby.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Hexham Old Gaol has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Hexham Old Gaol has not told us about their dining options.

Yes, Hexham Old Gaol is wheelchair friendly.

No, Hexham Old Gaol have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

Hexham Old Gaol has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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