Hexham Old Gaol

Hexham Old Gaol
Old Gaol
NE46 1XD


general site with access to specific pages on museum


educational resources



direct to museum service staff


Museums Officer, service head



direct to museum

01434 652349

direct to museum service staff

01434 652351

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The Old Gaol is the earliest documented purpose-built prison in England. It was built by order of the Archbishop of York 1330-33. It held prisoners from Hexhamshire, and in the C16th from the English Middle March, before their trial in the nearby Moothall Court Room.
The museum displays introduce visitors to the life and times of the Border Reivers.

Venue Type:

Museum, Library, Gallery, Heritage site, Historic house or home

Opening hours

April - end September open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am - 4.30pm, last admissions 4pm

February, March, October, November open Tuesdays AND Saturdays only, 11am - 4.30pm, last admissions 4pm.

Also open for Christmas Market and between Christmas and New Year, please phone for details.

Open other times by arrangement, please phone for details.

Admission charges

Adults £3.95, OAPs £3.20, children/schools £2.10, family £10.50


  • Museums Association
  • International Council of Museums
  • English Heritage
  • British Association of Friends of Museums

Additional info

Outreach and education services are available within the Northumberland. Please contact staff for details.

Border Library open dependent on volunteers being available, please phone to check (01434) 600910.

Special event for Heritage Open Days, come along to the Moothall and explore the history of the building. Also the history of your family, do you have a Border Reiver Surname? Come along, explore, and make a family shield. Saturday, September 11th.

Arms and armour from the C15th and C16th
Items of local history (Tynedale) interest, photographs, documents and objects
Border Library holds the Butler Collection, books, tapes and manuscript music relating to the culture of the Borders

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Law and Order, Music, Photography, Social History, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • The Gaol itself is the most important artefact.