The Northeast Sights

Old Gaol

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  • Hexham

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Dating from 1330, Hexham's Old Gaol houses fascinating exhibits about the history of the borderlands, including tales of the terrifying "reavers" and their bloodthirsty raids into Northumberland from Scotland during the 16th and 17th centuries. Photographs, weapons, and a reconstructed house interior give a full account of what the region was like in medieval times. A glass elevator takes you to four floors, including the dungeon.

Sight Information


Hallgate, Hexham, NE46 1XD, England

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Sight Details:

  • £4
  • Apr.–Sept., Tues.–Sat. and bank holiday Mon. 11–4:30; Oct., Nov., Feb., and Mar., Tues. and Sat. 11–4:30.

Published 08/18/2015


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