Opening times

  • Monday 11am - 4pm
  • Tuesday 11am - 4pm
  • Wednesday 11am - 4pm
  • Thursday 11am - 4pm
  • Friday 11am - 4pm
  • Saturday 11am - 4pm
  • Sunday 11am - 4pm
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Opening times

  • Monday 11am - 4pm
  • Tuesday 11am - 4pm
  • Wednesday 11am - 4pm
  • Thursday 11am - 4pm
  • Friday 11am - 4pm
  • Saturday 11am - 4pm
  • Sunday 11am - 4pm
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Opening times

  • Monday 10am - 5pm
  • Tuesday 10am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 10am - 5pm
  • Thursday 10am - 5pm
  • Friday 10am - 5pm
  • Saturday 10am - 5pm
  • Sunday Closed
More information

Opening times

  • Monday 10am - 4pm
  • Tuesday 10am - 4pm
  • Wednesday 10am - 4pm
  • Thursday 10am - 4pm
  • Friday 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday 10am - 4pm
More information

The museums are currently running to summer season opening times as represented above. All sites will change to winter opening times from September 2018 so please check back here for updated information. In the meantime you can also refer to the Seasonal Opening Times page for more information.

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Hexham Old Gaol / About the Museum / Learning

Exciting learning opportunities for everyone as we share Northumberland’s stories.

Learning is central to the work we do as we discover, collect and share Northumberland’s stories.

Find out about some of the exciting opportunities we can offer for learners of all ages and abilities including school, family and lifelong learning.

Schools Learning

We’re making learning fun and bringing the past to life at Hexham Old Gaol.

We offer a range of enjoyable and educational activities both on and off-site. 

Delve into the history of the Old Gaol, medieval Hexham or the Border Reiver  through fun, engaging activities and workshops.

Hexham Old Gaol, England’s first purpose built prison, offers a unique and exciting learning experience for children, whether you are coming to take part in one of our hands-on workshops or coming for a self-led visit.

The workshops focus on many aspects of the Gaol’s colourful past, including:

  • Life in the medieval gaol
  • Crime and punishment through the ages
  • Medieval Hexham
  • Tudor Life
  • The Border Reivers

By using replica objects, hands-on activities, role play and costume, the workshops enable children to learn in a fun and engaging way.

The backdrop of the Old Gaol brings a sense of realism to the history.

Our main focus is KS2 and KS3, although all our offers can be adapted for younger audiences and also tailored to your group’s needs.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students are welcome to come and explore the resources of the Border Library, home to resources exploring the English-Scottish Borders area.

As well as visiting the Old Gaol in person, outreach visits can be booked which still provide your classes with access to our learning resources and handling collection in the comfort of your own classroom.

Self-led visits to the Old Gaol can be booked on request.

At Hexham Old Gaol, education groups can:

  • Explore the history of Hexham Old Gaol
  • Explore crime and punishment in the earliest recorded purpose-built prison in England!
  • Learn about the Life of the Border Reiver, the local families who lived either side of the England-Scotland Border in Tudor times
  • Experience what life was like in Medieval times

For full details, download our information leaflets.

Family Learning

Take part in enjoyable and educational family activities each time you visit Hexham Old Gaol.

Learn about our local history and heritage through our fun, hands-on family activities.

Our family activities are always linked to our wonderful collections or our temporary exhibition programme, so see what delights are on offer when you next visit. There’s a fun hands-on activity waiting for family visitors each weekend and during the school holidays.

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