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.

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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.

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