Delve into the dark history of Hexham Old Gaol

Hexham, Northumberland

If the kids start misbehave, why not 'treat' them to a trip to gaol. Hexham Old Gaol was built in 1330 and is England's oldest purpose-built prison.

Discover what crime and punishment in medieval Northumberland was like with the interactive displays, costumes and amour, which you will find inside the gaol’s thick stone walls.

Enjoy family friendly activities including a talk with the gaoler, where you can learn about how criminals were treated.

Find out about the terrifying Border Reiver raids and hostage taking, and their tragic consequences, and don't forget a trip down into the dungeon in the glass lift, where you can explore the history of the prison.

Content provided by Hadrian's Wall Country

Read more Close

For more local tourist information:

Refine your search:

Hexham Old Gaol Hexham Old Gaol © Roger Clegg

Instagram updates

Customer survey …

VisitEngland would like to invite you to take part in a short survey about our website.

It should take no more than a couple of minutes.

Please click here to be taken to the survey

To add items to favourites …

… you need to be logged in.

If you already have an account, log in.

Or register a

Access your account

Enter your e-mail address or username.
Enter the password that accompanies your e-mail.
Forgot your password? Recover your account
Don't have an account? Register an account