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Nice building

A lovely stone building with lots of information held within the place, interactive area for... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2018
Brigg, United Kingdom
Well worth a visit if of an enquiring mind

Plenty of information on how the gaol operated and various other aspects of Hexham life. Not that... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2018
Hereford, United Kingdom
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Hexham Old Gaol is the earliest recorded purpose-built prison in England. It was ordered to be built in 1330 and opened in January 1333. It belonged to the Archbishop of York and held the prisoners from the area he ruled, known as Hexhamshire or The...more
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Hall Gate, Hexham, England
+44 1670 624523
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All reviews local history lift takes interactive displays well worth a visit children and adults town centre couple of hours all ages gift shop car park small museum dungeon border wentworth stories prisoners information
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Reviewed 24 September 2018

A lovely stone building with lots of information held within the place, interactive area for children and adults, staff very helpful, lift available to all floors and well behaved dogs are allowed in. Very interesting and all the children loved the dressing up area and...More

Thank Kep70
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

Very interesting and informative, lift access to all the floors as well. There is dressing up for the kids, but as I have a small head, all the hats fitted me as well.

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Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

First time visit to Hexham so decided to call in as passing by from the car park. All floors accessed via a lift with several interactive displays and a short film. Not packed with items and only an hour required to look and read everything....More

Thank Sohett
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

Very well presented tableaux with good aural explanations and stories to interest all ages. I declined to sit in the stocks or dress up but others would love it. Not knowing much about the Reivers or Border Marches this was the best part for me....More

Thank christel
Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed this visit. There was so much interesting information here. Well worth a visit whether you have children or not. Dressing up for all. So much history in one place.

Thank Pam D
Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

Plenty of information on how the gaol operated and various other aspects of Hexham life. Not that large, but the detail given is impressive, and it is given in a very accessible manner.

Thank Clivel_98
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

Wet Sunday near Hexham led us here. And it was great fun. Check in took too long. We didn't really need to give our names and addresses ! But it was fun. Good exhibits and illustrations. I particularly enjoyed the banners on two 18th century...More

Thank Andrew-Leakey
Reviewed 26 August 2018

This is not an all-day visit, as it is fairly small, hence not 5 stars, but it's not expensive, as I thought it would be. There are dressing up clothes, and we had fun with them! Well worth a visit

Thank Carrie B
Reviewed 17 August 2018

Central location near market square Nicely renovated but very little content Not worth more than 1 hour Some local history

Thank yorkuk
Reviewed 14 August 2018

Quite small but reasonably interesting old Gaol. Worth a visit but ONLY if you sit and try to absorb all the reading and talks. I felt it could have been made better by a guide, who should be a real character full of stories to...More

Thank Nicola H
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