Old Gaol

sights / Architecture

Old Gaol information

Prices
adult/child £3.95/2.10
Opening hours
11am-4.30pm Tue-Sat
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Lonely Planet review

This strapping stone structure was completed in 1333 as England's first purpose-built prison; today its four floors tell the history of the jail in all its gruesome glory. The history of the Border Reivers – a group of clans who fought, kidnapped, blackmailed and killed each other in an effort to exercise control over a lawless tract of land along the Anglo-Scottish border throughout the 16th century – is also retold, along with tales of the punishments handed out in the prison.