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Border History Museum

Old Gaol | Hallgate, Hexham NE46 3NH, England
01434 652349
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Ranked #11 of 12 Attractions in Hexham
Type: Museums
Description: This museum features relics from medieval Britain.
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English first
Northumberland, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

i liked the dispaly on the ground floor about 'what is a crime?' because i could see how crimes diffre between time periods. the dungeon was cool and you had to get in the lift to go to the dungeon.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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150 reviews 150 reviews
24 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Really nice little museum with a very interesting history to tell. The young lad giving the introduction talk was excellent and the building is worth a visit in its own right.

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Dorset, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Go there its great, especially if your a reiver, like me. creepy basement experience worth it if you not scared of the dark.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
34 attraction reviews
485 helpful votes 485 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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188 reviews 188 reviews
68 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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99 reviews 99 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
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
33 helpful votes 33 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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