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Border History Museum

Old Gaol | Hallgate, Hexham NE46 3NH, England
01434 652349
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Ranked #12 of 13 attractions in Hexham
Type: Museums
Description: This museum features relics from medieval Britain.
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English first
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
31 attraction reviews
469 helpful votes 469 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Billed as the old gaol was expecting a bit of character but in reality was a bit sterile, too clean, too light and was only one room on the ground floor and a dungeon which you only see from a lift so you don't 'feel it'. The lift goes up to the other two floors and exhibits stories about border... More

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Walden, Tenn
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56 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

The Border History Museum is well presented in a historic building near the center of Hexham. Although the exhibits are engaging it is a bit short on substance--not the place to learn everything you'd like to know about the Border Reivers. Much better interpretation of this at the Tullie House Museum in Carlisle

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South Shields
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

This museum is very informative on the ground floor, the staff are friendly and very knowledgeable but on the 1st and 2nd floor there is very little to see and do. It is only a small museum but i felt there could be a lot more done with the space available. The cost of £10 for 2 adults and 1... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

We visited the Old Gaol over the Bank Holiday and it was a lovely place full of information, it just lacked things to see. There is a lift that takes you down to the dungeons, but the light shines from the lift and all you see is a stone wall. Staff were very passionate about the place though and full... More

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Northumberland
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6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

This was interesting and had a human story rather than merely dry facts. The film was good, the view of the dungeon thought provoking and the exhibits well thought out. This is suitable for all ages and took us about an hour (it was quiet at the time) to do. Well worth a visit if you're in the area.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

A great value museum and as Northumberland residents you get a reduced price. There's something for different ages, one of the rooms had a guide in it who shows you a secret room, there was a craft table for children. Lots of interesting info to be discovered and although small it's presented in a lively and informative way. Each floor... More

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Peterboro
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65 reviews 65 reviews
33 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Although not a large museum, it is worth seeking out if you like ancient buildings or wish to know more about the Reivers and the Borderlands. I guess admission is a little more than you would expect to pay for an attraction of this type and I think the place could feel a little claustrophobic if it was busy, but... More

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Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

Well laid out museum in the Old Gaol. Good displays and visual effects. Very friendly and well informed staff.

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Chorley, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

Great friendly staff who went out of their way to tell us about the building and some of it's history which wasn't depicted on the display boards.

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9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

I'd recommend a trip to gaol when you go to Hexham. This imaginatively set out museum gives you the history of the gaol from it's earliest times to it's more recent past. A glass lift allows you to travel from the dungeon in the basement to the higher floors where there are displays, films and audio descriptions of life in... More

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