Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum

Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum

Jedburgh Castle Jail and Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
Jedburgh Castle Jail is now closed to visitors for the season. We look forward to welcoming you when we re-open on 28 March 2024! This attraction may look like a grand castle – but inside is a different story! Visit the cell blocks of this 1820s jail and discover what life was like for prisoners and staff in what was a model prison in its day. The building is also home to Jedburgh’s town museum, exploring the traditions, industries and the lives of famous people of the town. Lots of children’s activities make this a fun family day out. There is a kids guide, gift shop and partial disabled access. Ground floor displays are accessible for wheelchairs but upper floors are not. There is a fly over video that gives a flavour of the Jail, including the currently closed Male Prisoner's Block. Jedburgh Castle Jail is a popular haunt for groups interested in ghostly goings on and is hired out most weekends during the evenings for paranormal investigations.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Moosheep57
    Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable visit
    On a rainy day in July we decided to go here with my 10yr old (going on 18!) granddaughter. What a pleasant surprise. Really informative not only about the jail but also about Jedburgh itself. The cells are a bit eerie and if you read the information boards, especially any gory bits, it can be made atmospheric with a bit of ad hoc drama added! Myself and granddaughter really enjoyed it. And the purchase of a soft toy rat 🐀 from the gift shop at the end was a first for us too! It’s free to get in but a donation was gladly accepted ✅ Go visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
  • AbClare
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom567 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum and it’s FREE!
    I was too early for my check in, so popped in to the museum for a visit. Lovely friendly staff welcomed me and advised on how best to enjoy it. I found it fascinating to learn of the history of the jail and the wider area in relation to this. It was a very family-friendly venue and lots of children were enjoying their visits. I love that it’s free to visit. This ensures that people who can afford it can make donations while it remains accessible to everyone.
    Thanks for taking time to write a review. It's much appreciated. We're glad you enjoyed your visit.
    Written September 2, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 31, 2023
  • emt1974
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit.
    We decided to have a drive to Jedburgh from Newcastle for the day. We visited Jedburgh Castle Jail and had a great time. The place is so interesting and full of history. Plus side it's free entry, they rely on donations from the visitors. There's a small gift shop on the way out too.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 12, 2023
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David J
Melbourne, Australia8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
There was a castle in 1409, but it was completely destroyed. A jail was built on the site in 1823, so you’re getting to see a relatively recent jail, not a medieval castle.

Entry is free (donations appreciated) and there is a lot to read about an essentially unexceptional jail. There are really weird manikins set up, some of which seem to bear no relationship to the jail’s history eg a werewolf that shrieks if you approach it. What??

Some of the museum rooms relate to the 1960s, which is confusing given the was closed in the late 1800s.

All up quite enjoyable but pretty weird.
Written October 9, 2022
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Thank you for your review. It seems your visit must have coincided with our Children's Halloween Trail which we hold every year throughout October. The werewolf, mummy and other spooky manikins and special effects aren't present during the rest of the season which starts in April. We hope this didn't spoil your visit too much. In The Jedburgh Town Museum, incorporated within the grounds of the jail, there is a photographic exhibition of life in the town during the 1960s and displays of memorabilia from the period. This and other exhibits in the museum are unrelated to the history of the jail itself.
Written May 13, 2023
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AbClare
Aberdeen, UK567 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
I was too early for my check in, so popped in to the museum for a visit. Lovely friendly staff welcomed me and advised on how best to enjoy it. I found it fascinating to learn of the history of the jail and the wider area in relation to this. It was a very family-friendly venue and lots of children were enjoying their visits.

I love that it’s free to visit. This ensures that people who can afford it can make donations while it remains accessible to everyone.
Written July 31, 2023
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Thanks for taking time to write a review. It's much appreciated. We're glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written September 2, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

justmeventingoff
Rotherham, UK90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
.....and it's free to visit.

Spent a couple hours here and found it to be fascinating.

The conditions the prisoners were kept in was certainly an eye opener.

We took the effort to read the display boards which were informative and well presented.

Much better than expected.

Well worth a visit.
Written August 9, 2022
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Matt Stewart
Airdrie, UK68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
An excellent museum, that started with a friendly smile from the lady receptionist.

The museum has great display boards re the old jail house as well as being able to actually visit the spooky prison cells that made the whole experience slightly frightening but definitely educational.

I also liked the museum section on Old Jedburgh that is sited within the Castle and Jail building.
Written April 18, 2023
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Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you'll come again next time you're in the area.
Written May 13, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

emt1974
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
We decided to have a drive to Jedburgh from Newcastle for the day. We visited Jedburgh Castle Jail and had a great time. The place is so interesting and full of history. Plus side it's free entry, they rely on donations from the visitors. There's a small gift shop on the way out too.
Written September 12, 2023
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Jennifer S
Coatbridge, UK172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
This is free of charge to visit and well worth it. If like us and you like to read most of the info boards you could do with about 3 hours here at least as there's lots of info about the jail and Jedburgh itself. You get to go in the jail cells and read about the inmates that were once incarcerated here. They do ghost nights too which I hope to attend in the near future.
Written August 1, 2022
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Moosheep57
Kirkcaldy, UK46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
On a rainy day in July we decided to go here with my 10yr old (going on 18!) granddaughter. What a pleasant surprise. Really informative not only about the jail but also about Jedburgh itself. The cells are a bit eerie and if you read the information boards, especially any gory bits, it can be made atmospheric with a bit of ad hoc drama added! Myself and granddaughter really enjoyed it. And the purchase of a soft toy rat 🐀 from the gift shop at the end was a first for us too! It’s free to get in but a donation was gladly accepted ✅ Go visit.
Written July 30, 2023
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Anthony R
37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
From the outset learnt a lot about conditions and those who sought to make a difference. Each cell had a different perspective.
The history of Jedburgh section later was extensive but a lot to take in. What surprised was how many influential scientists came from the area in the very last section.
Don't miss it.
Written May 4, 2022
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Candj9173
North West England, UK747 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Pre-booked our visit to ensure we could get in. Friendly gent behind the desk gave us a clear description of where everything was. Tour was simple and the site was really clean.

I have to say that the dummies set around the prison gave me a chuckle - if you visit, you'll see why!
Written October 24, 2021
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Trivial Pursuits
England, UK102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
I think it's brilliant that there's so much free stuff to do in Jedburgh. The jail was interesting and took us about an hour to walk around, there weren't many people there so it was nice and quiet and we could go at our own pace. If you aren't particularly mobile or have a buggy/wheelchair with you then just be aware it's at the top of an incredibly steep hill.
Written July 15, 2022
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