Buckingham Old Gaol Museum

Buckingham Old Gaol Museum
Market Hill
MK18 1JX


Old Gaol Museum website





Museum and TIC

01280 823020


Museum and TIC

01280 823020

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Buckingham Old Gaol Museum at night
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Located in the heart of historic market town of Buckingham, the iconic Old Gaol was built in 1748 in the style of a castle, with later additions in 1839 by the famous local architect George Gilbert Scott. It is one of the key visitor attractions of Buckingham.

The Old Gaol Museum tells the story of Buckingham and 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.

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Opening hours

Mon-Sat 1000-1600

Closed: Sun

Admission charges

adults £3.50 Children £2.0 Family (2 adults and 3 children) £9.00

Additional info

Buckingham Tourist Information Centre is located within the Old Gaol Museum.

Collections of artefacts, prehistoric, saxon, roman, militaria, civil war, victorian, shop memorabilia, local hand-made lace, toys, railway, canal art, Flora Thompson memorabilia and books

Collection details

Agriculture, Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Industry, Law and Order, Literature, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Flora Thompson
  • Lace
  • Toys
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Heritage Open Days 2014: Buckingham goes to War Exhibition

  • 11 — 13 September 2014

An exhibition on recruitment in Buckingham at the outbreak of WWI with a map showing the homes of the dead from the town and the battles where they fell. Free entry to Exercise Yard only, normal admission charges for museum.


Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.