Crime and punishment at Hexham Gaol.


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Hexham Old Gaol is the oldest purpose built gaol in England. Built in about 1330 and used as a prison for almost 500 years, it provides an interesting glimpse into crime and punishment in the past.

This museum is situated in the centre of Hexham town centre, with a wonderful set of stocks positioned outside for misbehaving visitors!
The exhibition covers the history of the prison, has a dungeon and interactive displays telling the story of crime and punishment in Northumberland in past times. There is the chance to meet the gaoler, who tells you all about how criminals were treated in the past.

The opening hours are seasonal so check times before making a visit.

Times and prices are subject to change. Contact venue before setting out.

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