Fodor's Expert Review Old Gaol

Hexham Family

England's oldest purpose-built prison, dating from 1330, Hexham's Old Gaol houses fascinating exhibits about the history of the borderlands, including tales of the terrifying "reivers" 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 up and down four floors, including to the dungeon.

Family Jail/Prison

Quick Facts

Hexham, Northumberland  NE46 1XD, England


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: £5, Closed Nov.–Mar., Mon. and Tues.

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