Hexham Old Gaol
The oldest purpose built prison in England, Hexham Old Gaol will give you an insight into crime and punishment in medieval Northumberland.
Visit the Gaol website
What makes it special
- Experience what prison used to be like
Closed over Winter
Open from 3rd April (Wednesday to Sunday) - 11:00 to 16:00
Other things to do nearby
A co-operative group of volunteers, producers, artists and makers promoting small businesses and the beautiful North Pennines landscape through the Allendale Forge Studios Art and Craft Centre. Vis
The highest waterfall in the area, the gill falls a spectacular 50ft into a pool in the wooded valley below.
Beamish is a world famous open air museum, telling the story of life in North East England in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times. Visit the Beamish Museum website
Callerhues crag is popular. It’s a very bold sort of crag - but one worth tackling! Routes tend to be hard, but short.
Howns Gill Quarry is the close by on the southern side of Consett, and offers a large sandstone quarry, 25 metres in places. A bit further south is Stanhope Dene Millstalk (sandstone)
The hostel is a popular stop off for the Sea to Sea bike ride. The secure bike shed and drying room offer all the facilities a cyclist needs. However we do not have bikes to rent out.
YHA Bellingham is a natural stop-off point on the challenging Rievers Route. There are plenty of on and off road trails in the beautiful National Park.
We're just off the Coast to Coast cycle Route.
The Allen Valleys provide distinctive landscapes with great cycling routes.
The Pennine Way passes through some of the most beautiful and remote countryside England has to offer. This section boasts the highest waterfall in England.
The South Tyne Trail is a great route for all abilities to enjoy traffic-free picturesque rides.
A new narrow gauge railway from Cumbria into Northumberland. There's also a shop, café & Hub transport museum. Visit the Railway website
The Derwent Valley, one of the Durham Dales, is sometimes overlooked. Visit the man-made lake - lovely for sailing and fishing. Visit the Northumbrian Water web page
Killhope, The North of England Lead Mining Museum, is a fully restored nineteenth century lead mine, where you can experience for yourself the life and work of the lead mining families of the Pen
See the mineral mining past of the North Pennines, with underground tours and interactive waterpower demonstrations. See samples in the nearby museum and tea-room. Visit the Mine website for
Home to the biggest man-made lake in northern Europe and the biggest working forest in England, covering 250 square miles.