Hexham Old Gaol
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.
Museum, Heritage site
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.
Open other times by arrangement, please phone for details.
Adults £3.95, OAPs £3.50, children/schools £2.50, family £12.00
Gift Aid your ticket to convert to a one year season ticket giving free admission for the rest of the year.
- Museums Association
- International Council of Museums
- English Heritage
- British Association of Friends of Museums
Outreach and education services are available within the Northumberland. Please contact staff for details.
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
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.
The Final Turn of Fortune's Wheel
- 15 May 2015 8:30-8:45pm
The Battle of Hexham and capture and execution of Henry, Third Duke of Somerset in Hexham Market Place.
On the anniversary of the Battle Hexham Heritage unwrap the life and death of the Duke-leading Lancastrian general of the Wars of the Roses, in a three act event.
The Duke of Somerset meets his nemesis outside Hexham's Old Gaol Museum; (first purpose built prison in England).
- Family friendly
Hexham Old Gaol
Email for enquiries
Museums Officer, service head
Phone for enquiries
direct to museum service staff