Hexham Old Gaol

Hexham Old Gaol

Step into Northumberland's past with a visit to Hexham Old Gaol

Visit England’s oldest gaol and relive important moments from our region's turbulent past.

Delve into what life was really like for prisoners in the 1300s at our Scheduled Ancient Monument

Visit Hexham Old Gaol and find out more about the Border Reivers – local families including the Charltons, Dodds, Milburns and Robsons, famous for causing trouble.

Make the most of your visit and see our amazing Border Library Collection, a wide variety of photographs, books, poetry and music about our border territory. Learn about how the Northumberland landscape changed dramatically over the centuries, and about daily life on the border.

Museums Northumberland sites all offer contemporary perspectives on our region’s history and we seek to make this a key part of our outstanding offer for visitors.

Opening times: 

11am – 4.30pm
April – September: Tuesday – Saturday
October & November and February & March: Tuesday and Saturday

Entry price:

12 months unlimited return visits:

  • 16 and under: FREE
  • Adult: £5
  • Multiple Adults purchased at the same time: £4.50
  • Concession (OAP and student):  £4


  • yucky stuff
  • the real thing
  • stories
  • North East history
  • a place to think
  • green museums

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