Family-friendly activities

Jedburgh Castle Jail & Museum


Jedburgh Castle Jail has reopened its doors for the 2024 season! We look forward to welcoming you all back!

About Jedburgh Castle Jail 

Jedburgh Jail looks like a grand castle, but inside it’s a different story!  Built on the site of the old Jedburgh Castle in the 1820s, it gives visitors a taste of what prison life was like in the nineteenth century.  Visit the cell blocks, find out about prisoners who were held there and discover why some thought it was ‘the most comfortable jail in Scotland.’

Your visit is Free. Please Donate to help us keep this unique museum free to everyone. Your donation plays a vital role in helping us to improve our visitor experience.

The jailer’s house is home to Jedburgh’s town museum, charting the history of the Royal Burgh from ancient times.  The displays focus on the town’s rich history, including traditions and industries.  The stories of some of Jedburgh’s famous people are told – the mathematician Mary Somerville, David Brewster who invented the kaleidoscope and James Veitch the astronomer.

Find out more about our 2024 Exhibitions and Events – CLICK HERE

Children can dress up and enjoy plenty of hands-on activities. There is also a gift shop.

The building is full of atmosphere and has gained a reputation for ghostly sightings!  Paranormal investigations and overnight visits are available by arrangement.

The grounds offer fine views over the town and surrounding countryside.

Plan your journey with Traveline Scotland.

Please note: Last entry into the Jail will be 30 minutes prior to closing time.

Accessing the Museum

CLICK HERE to view our access statement for full information on accessibility in the Museum.

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What's on

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Plan your visit

Free parking
Disabled parking
Hearing loop
Disabled toilets
10 minute walk
Accessible by public transport
Assistance dogs only
Dogs / assistance dogs
Free admission
Baby changing facilities
Coach Tours welcome
Ground floor only
Disabled access
School visits and children's guide available
Education visits
Wifi access
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There is free parking, including disabled spaces. Also accessible by public transport (10 min walk). Coach tours are welcome.

There are toilets, disabled toilets and baby changing facilities. Assistance dogs are welcome and there is a hearing loop. Disabled access to the ground floor only.

Foreign language and children’s guides.

Licensed as a venue for weddings and civil ceremonies.

Your visit is FREE. Please DONATE.

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Castlegate, Jedburgh,TD8 6QD

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Opening Times

  • Monday 10:00 - 16:00
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
  • Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
  • Friday 10:00 - 16:00
  • Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
  • Sunday 10:00 - 15:00

April – October
Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 16:00
Sunday 10:00 – 15:00