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Address: Old Gaol | Hallgate, Hexham NE46 3NH, England
Phone Number: 01434 652349
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Description: This museum features relics from medieval Britain.

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Hexham Old Gaol - very enjoyable visit

On a day trip to Hexham we thought we would have to visit the Old Gaol before we headed home. The entrance fee is reasonable at £3.95 for adults and £2.50 for children (under 5's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This is a brilliant little museum in a fabulous building. Where else can you see a purpose built gaol (or 'jail' if you want the more modern/American spelling) that is nearly 700 years old?! The border between Scotland and England was a place of turbulance and violence from the 1300s to the early 1600s and this museum tells that history... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Firstly, Hexham is a great place! The local council should be applauded for the plentiful free parking by the Leisure Centre and the 'Eat Hexham' boxes dotted around town (and outside here) where you can help yourself to vegetables and herbs. I wish our local council was like here! Now to this lovely little museum, which is fully accessible for... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

On a day trip to Hexham we thought we would have to visit the Old Gaol before we headed home. The entrance fee is reasonable at £3.95 for adults and £2.50 for children (under 5's visit free) We Gift Aided our ticket and this gives free admission for the rest of that year, so really good value as there are... More 

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Durham, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Very informative, lots to see and do some good shopping for presents, and some great pictures took. Well situated loads to see will be back next year.

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Northumberland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 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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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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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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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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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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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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Address: Address: Old Gaol | Hallgate, Hexham NE46 3NH, England
Phone Number: 01434 652349
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Northumberland  >  Hexham

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