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

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Interesting place

Great place to visit, could do with the displays changing a little bit each year? Maybe even a cafe - or refreshments served?

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 20, 2015
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Northumberland, United Kingdom
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Northumberland, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Great place to visit, could do with the displays changing a little bit each year? Maybe even a cafe - or refreshments served?

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Thank magicalstay
Boston, Massachusetts
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54 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

This museum, housed in an impressive stone jail, presents much fascinating material about the long and turbulent history of the Borders area, including about the Reivers and all the cross-border raiding, cattle thieving, and general instability for many centuries. Such a contrast to how peaceful the area seems now! Also, take the time to wander around the town and enjoy... More 

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Thank Isabel089
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Another great attraction well worth a visit. Spent about 2 hours inside and once again very descriptive and informative. Great. Cheap entrance fee. I would think the young children would love it.

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Newmarket, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

This was my Daughters choice. We both worked in prisons and she does still so its a bit of a must see for us. Very interesting especially the dungeon, you can certainly imagine being down there!!

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Thank 377Sam
Cullercoats, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 via mobile

Spent a good hour at this old gaol. Staff were welcoming and helpful. There are no stairs to the dungeon but a lift descends through the entrance with a recorded explanation. Interesting full display information room on the ground floor. One flor devoted to the Rievers with a video. Entertaining activities for children. It is a small building so probably... More 

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Thank Helen B
Lancashire
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Expected a dungeon but got a suspended lift in a basement. More words to read than things to look at and absorb atmosphere wise, didn't give off the feeling of what I imagine the original building would of resembled. Worth the nip around if it was free or cheaper.

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Thank Jimbo H
UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

They may be limited by the size of the museum, but I wasn't too impressed with the gaol. The basement (where the main prisoners were held) was part of the 'tour' via the lift, but it lasted no more than 20 seconds! I wanted to see and hear more. Inexpensive to go in, but not set your expectations too high.

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Thank Andrew T
Oldham, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This was quite informative and wasn't bad value at about £4 each. Took about 45 minutes. Ok if passing through but wouldn't make a special journey to visit this on its own.

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Informative and made you transend back to darker days- how lucky we are despite all our moans and groans. Recommend.

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Thank David W
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 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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