Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery

Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery, Alnwick: Hours, Address, Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery Reviews: 4.5/5

Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery

Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery
4.5
History Museums
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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
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery is an award-wining people’s Museum suitable for all ages and run by volunteers, where fascinating stories of the past are told about the town and district of Alnwick. There is 10,000 years of history in one visit. The museum is open and is recommending that masks are still worn. Displays are on 3 floors, with the uppermost floor host to a range of changing exhibitions on a variety of themes (see website for the current schedule). The museum is housed in what was previously a church close to Alnwick Castle. It has been recognised as one of the 25 best places in the country for early years children to visit. Awarded Best Museum for Families in 2021 by Kids in Museum. Great for families there is lots to enjoy for adults too, detailing the stunning county and characters of Northumberland.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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suebell262
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK170 contributions
Lovely interesting visit to this museum whilst staying in Alnwick on holiday. We found the displays very interesting - well laid out and felt safe and a manageable amount of information to digest on out hours visit. Museum staff were very friendly and welcoming and helpful and at only £4 per ticket was excellent value to money.
Written June 26, 2021
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beachnut
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Wonderful new Viking exhibition at this excellent Tardis of a museum. Staff extremely friendly, helpful and informative. A not to be missed experience. The beautifully made and detailed Viking mice added another fun element to the exploration of all things Viking. The gift shop is a treasure trove of reasonably priced books and gifts and there were well thought out Covid measures in place too. Highly recommend it
Written May 27, 2021
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Steven R
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We found this place after a visit to Alnick castle and found it very charming.

It is fairly small but will still take up round 1-2 hours of your time and is packed full of local history. When we went they had an interactive viking display which my 6 year old loved.

The downstairs had a more local theme, showing history from the coal miners which had a little miners tunnel which again my son loved crawling through.

Obviously Alnick with the Harry Potter connection will gain most of the tourist attraction but for those interested in local and general history this place is definitely worth a visit.
Written November 27, 2021
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Richard B
Whitley Bay, UK1 contribution
I recently ordered a book online from the Bailiffgate Museum shop and i just wanted to say that the service i received has been absolutely fantastic and i am so impressed by the level of service i have received.
Being close to Christmas, and as the book was a present for a relative, i was anxious that it would be delivered in sufficient time to be given on the ‘Big Day’. I left a message at the time of ordering on the Museum shop website expressing my concern and this was promptly answered (by a lovely staff member called Frances) not only allaying this concern but offering to gift wrap the book at no extra cost.
Needless to say the book duly arrived in very quick time, perfectly packaged and beautifully gift wrapped for me.
I just want to express my complete satisfaction with the whole ordering experience and with the staff concerned; thank you so much.
Written December 16, 2020
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Nicola D
Hessle, UK3,123 contributions
The museum is housed in an old Catholic church, complete with stained glass windows! It is very close to one of the entrances to Alnwick Castle. It is just a small museum but spread over 3 floors. Most of it is about the history of Northumberland and Alnwick but there is an exhibition floor dedicated to the Vikings at present. The exhibition is in conjunction with the York Jorvic Museum which we have also been to as it is fairly local to us. There is a one-way system in operation at present and the whole museum is laid out in a very user-friendly manor. It is quite bright and modern with video presentations and lots to interest children and families. I believe it has had a major refurbishment in the last few years. The museum is run by volunteers and also has a gift shop.
Written July 2, 2021
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Chris D
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The Viking exhibition is superb. The design and layout of the artefacts and the mock ups of Viking life are excellent. There is interesting information in digestable segments which enhances this informative and visually exciting exhibition. At all levels, 7 years to 70, there is something interesting in this exhibition which is so relevant to Northumberland. The museum is brimming with local history which is presented in an interesting and thoughtful way. A superb place to visit.
Written June 3, 2021
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Kelly05jan11
Glasgow, UK7 contributions
Nick kindly advised my kids how to find the Viking mice around the museum & we all had a wonderful experience. We also enjoyed very much the "Vikings, fact & fiction" exhibition. The Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery is a must if you are in or near Alnwick!
Written July 12, 2021
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Vahva
Edale, UK22 contributions
Couples
Superb museum given it is independent and run by enthusiastic volunteers. Great permanent exhibition on the history of Alnwick complete with a fun trail for children to find things. Also a changing exhibition on the top floor. It's a hidden gem and ideal for a rainy day. We spent an hour there happily.
Written October 26, 2021
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Chris H
York, UK131 contributions
Couples
Visited today and we were very impressed. The ladies on reception were extremely friendly and helpful and explained the COVID arrangements. If you like good local informal historical information this museum is just the place, it was very enjoyable and we had the place to ourselves so could read all the information and examine the exhibits. Well worth a visit.
Written September 10, 2020
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SuperBear123
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Family
Visited here for the second time, this time the upper floor was a Viking exhibit.

The museum is only small and this is reflected in the cheap ticket prices. It can easily be done in an hour or two but is perfect for combining with a trio to Alnwick town and Barter books on a rainy day with the kids.

There’s lots of hands on stuff for the kids to do and play with in each area and the kids really appreciate the chance to touch everything and have a good play.
Written August 27, 2021
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Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery is open:
  • Tue - Fri 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM


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